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

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