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

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