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

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