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

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