Famous Suicides

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Can you name the famous people who took (or are largely believed to have taken) their own lives?

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Year(Method)PersonClaim to Fame
1975 (Hanging)Welsh Singer/Songwriter with British Rock Group
30BC (Stabbed Self with Sword)Roman General/Politician
1970 (Drowned in East River)Avant-Garde Saxophonist
1985 (Slit Wrists)Nutritionist/Author
1962 (OD of sleeping pills)American Actress/Icon
1981 (Voluntary Starvation)Irish (IRA) Activist/Hunger-Striker
1974 (OD on prescription antidepressant)British Folk/Rock Singer/Songwriter ('Pink Moon')
1964 (OD of Alcohol/Sedatives)American Actor ('This Gun for Hire')
1983 (OD of Tuinal [along with wife])Hungarian/English Writer ('Darkness at Noon')
1994 (Gunshot)Lead Singer of American Rock Group
1939 (OD/Assisted Suicide)Psychoanalyst/Author
1936 (Gunshot)Pulp Literature Author
2001 (Crashed Plane)Terrorist
1945 (Cyanide)Mistress of European Leader
1983 (Purposeful Starvation)Radical Author/Activist
1954 (Gunshot [Maybe Russian Roulette])R&B Singer ('Pledging My Love')
1900 (Slit Throat [after murdering entire family])Baseball Player (Catcher)
1943 (Gunshot)Chicago Gangster (Later TV Character)
1969 (Jumped from Apartment [possibly on LSD])Daughter of Entertainer/Anti-Drug Activist
1997 (Gunshot)American 'Spree Killer'
1997 (Gunshot)American Actor ('Family Affair')
1941 (Drowned in River, weighted by stones)British Novelist
1986 (Hanging)Singer/Keyboardist with Canadian/American Rock Band
1976 (Hanging [in prison])German Activist/Terrorist
1963 (Gas from Oven)American Poet/Novelist
1969 (Carbon Monoxide)American Novelist ('Confederacy of Dunces')
1979 (Jumped from Essex House Hotel)Pop/R&B Singer/Duetist ('Where is the Love')
2005 (Gunshot)American Author (Gonzo Journalism)
1989 (Gunshot [after shooting wife])Baseball Player (Relief Pitcher)
Year(Method)PersonClaim to Fame
1945 (Gunshot/Cyanide)Leader of European Country
1967 (OD of Nembutal [after killing writer/lover])British Writer/Actor
1971 (Possible OD)Actress/Warhol Acolyte
1978 (Gunshot, after orchestrating mass suicides])Cult Leader
1990 (Gunshot)American Rock Singer ('Runaway')
1976 (Hanging)American Folk Singer/Songwriter ('Chords of Fame')
1974 (Carbon Monoxide)American Poetess
1890 (Gunshot in Open Field)Dutch Painter
399BC (Poison/Voluntary Compliance with Sentence)Greek Philosopher
1961 (Gunshot)American Novelist
68 (Stabbed Self in Neck)Roman Emperor
1979 (OD of Heroin)Bassist for British Punk Group
1985 (Carbon Monoxide)San Francisco Politician/Assassin
1932 (Jumped from Hollywood Sign)British Actress ('Thirteen Women')
1978 (Gunshot [after murdering wife])American Actor ('They Shoot Horses Don't They')
1980 (Hanging)Lead Singer of British Rock Group
1993 (Gunshot)American Dwarf Actor
1932 (Gunshot)Camera Inventor
1959 (Gunshot)American Actor ('Superman')
1995 (Carbon Monoxide)Baseball Umpire/Author
1948 (Gunshot)American Actress ('I Wake Up Screaming')
1957 (Drowned in Own Pool)American Movie Director ('The Old Dark House')
1970 (OD/Arm Wounds)Latvian/American Abstract Artist
1991 (OD or Suffocation)Polish/American Novelist ('The Painted Bird')
1973 (Carbon Monoxide)American Playwright ('Bus Stop')
1984 (Gunshot)American Countercultural Writer ('Trout Fishing in America')
2009 (Gunshot)Nicaraguan Boxer/Politician
42BC (Impaled on Sword)Politician/Noted Assassin
1894 (Jumped from Window)Sibling of President/Father of First Lady
Year(Method)PersonClaim to Fame
1989 (OD of Phenobarbitol)Social and Political Activist/Author
1970 (Ritual Seppuku)Japanese Author
2008 (Hanging)American Novelist ('Infinite Jest')
1999 (OD)American Actress ('Diff'rent Strokes')
1973 (Gunshot)Leader of South American Country
2004 (Drowned in East River)Monologist/Playwright
1999 (Gunshot [after shooting others])Domestic 'Terrorist'
1944 (Cyanide/Forced Suicide)European Military Officer
1932 (Drowned in Gulf of Mexico)American Poet ('The Bridge')
1889 (Voluntarily Shot by Lover)Circus Performer/Movie Subject
1982 (Gunshot)French Actor ('Going Places')
1979 (OD of Barbiturates/Alcohol)American Actress ('Breathless')
1929 (Jumped from Hotel)Prussian/American Beer Magnate
1971 (OD/Slit Wrists)American Photographer
1913 (Gunshot)Austrian Military Man/Spy
2007 (Carbon Monoxide)Lead Singer of American Rock Group
1977 (Gunshot)American Actor ('Chico and the Man')
182BC (Poison)Carthaginian Military Leader
1938 (Consumed Ant Paste)American Silent Film Actress (The Biograph Girl)
1972 (OD of Nembutal)British Actor ('All About Eve')
1809 (Gunshot)American Explorer
1987 (Asphyxiation [in prison])Deputy to WWII European Leader
1978 (OD of Seconal)French/American Actor ('Algiers')
2003 (Stabbed Self in Chest)American Singer-Songwriter ('Miss Misery')
1954 (Possible OD)Mexican Painter
1945 (Gunshot)Politician/Propagandist
1902 (Unsure [after being publicly 'outed'])European Industrialist
30BC (Snakebite or Other Poison)Iconic Leader of Middle Eastern Kingdom
1932 (Gunshot)British 'Bloomsbury' Painter

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