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

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