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

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