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

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