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

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