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

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