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

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