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

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