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

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