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Famous People Who Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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List of famous people who died of carbon monoxide poisoning, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died by CO2 poisoning are listed by fame and notoriety and include the famous carbon monoxide poisoning victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. List ranges from James Kisner to Zurab Zhvania, plus much more. These notable CO2 poisoning deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has carbon monoxide poisoning as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (57 People)


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    Sylvia Plath was an American author who wrote "The Bell Jar." Plath suffered from depression throughout much of her life. On February 11, 1963, she died from carbon monoxide poisoning by placing her head in the oven with the gas on. Plath was 30 years old at the time of her death.

    Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956; they lived together in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 31 (1932-1963)
    • Birthplace: Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Bell Jar
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    Anne Sexton was an American poet who won a Pulitzer Prize for her book "Live or Die." Her struggle with depression was often explored through her writing. On October 4, 1974, Sexton committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning by locking herself in the garage with the car running. She was 45 years old.

    Anne Sexton was an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. Themes of her poetry include her long battle against depression and mania, suicidal tendencies, and various intimate details from her private life, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1928-1974)
    • Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Playwright
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    Dan James White was a San Fransisco politician who made national headlines when he assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk. He served five years in prison for the crimes.

    On October 21, 1985, two years after he was released from prison, White committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. He attached a garden hose to his car's exhaust pipe and led the poisonous fumes into the vehicle where he was located.

    Daniel James "Dan" White was a San Francisco supervisor who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, on Monday, November 27, 1978, at City Hall. In a controversial verdict that led to the coining of the legal slang "Twinkie defense," White was convicted of manslaughter ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1946-1985)
    • Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, Long Beach, United States of America, United States, + more
    • Profession: Firefighter, Politician, Police officer
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    John Kennedy Toole was an American author who wrote "A Confederacy of Dunces." He suffered from paranoia and depression in the later years of his life. On March 26, 1969, he committed suicide by running a garden hose from the exhaust pipe to the interior of his car. He left a suicide note for his parents, who later destroyed the letter.

    John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He also wrote The Neon Bible. Although several people in the literary world felt his writing skills were praiseworthy, Toole's novels ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1937-1969)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Soldier, Professor, Novelist, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Neon Bible
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    Thelma Todd was an American actress who appeared in "Monkey Business." On December 16, 1935, she was found dead, due to carbon monoxide poisoning, in the garage of Jewel Carmen, the ex-wife of Todd's lover Roland West. It is unclear if she intended to kill herself or if she simply turned on the car to keep warm.

    Thelma Alice Todd was an American actress. Appearing in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films such as Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, a number of Charley Chase's short comedies, and co-starring with Buster Keaton and Jimmy ...more

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1906-1935)
    • Birthplace: USA, Lawrence, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Horse Feathers, Monkey Business, The Maltese Falcon, Follow Thru, Counsellor at Law, + more
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    William Inge was an American playwright who produced the play "Picnic." He committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning on June 10, 1973. Inge was 60 years old.

    William Motter Inge was an American playwright and novelist, whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the early 1950s, he had a string of memorable Broadway productions, and one of these, Picnic, earned him a Pulitzer Prize. With his portraits of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1913-1973)
    • Birthplace: Independence, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Splendor in the Grass, Picnic, Bus Stop, Come Back, Little Sheba, + more
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    Vitas Gerulaitis was a Lithuanian American tennis player who won the Australian open in 1977. On September 17, 1994, he died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Gerulaitis was staying in a friends guest house when a gas-line malfunction caused carbon monoxide to seep into his room. He was 40 years old.

    Vytautas Kevin Gerulaitis was a Lithuanian American professional tennis player. In 1975, Gerulaitis won the men's doubles title at Wimbledon, partnering with Sandy Mayer. He won the men's singles title at one of the two Australian Open tournaments held in 1977. Gerulaitis also won two Italian Open ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1954-1994)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Tennis player
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    John Porter East was an American politician who served as a senator from January 3, 1981 until his death in 1986. On June 29, 1986, he committed suicide by running the car in a closed garage. His death was a surprise to everyone as he seemed in good spirits throughout the day. East was 55 years old.

    John Porter East was a Republican U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina from 1981 until his suicide in 1986. A paraplegic since 1955, because of polio, East was a professor of political science at East Carolina University in Greenville and a protégé of conservative Senator Jesse Helms. East ran ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1931-1986)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
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    Assia Wevill was a German woman who escaped the Nazi's during WWII. She was in a relationship with Sylvia Plath's former-husband Ted Hughes. She killed herself and her four-year-old daughter by inhaling gas from an open oven on March 23, 1969. She was 41 years old.

    Assia Wevill was a German-born woman who escaped the Nazis, living in Mandate Palestine and later in Britain, where she had a relationship with the English poet Ted Hughes. She killed herself and also her four-year-old daughter Alexandra Tatiana Elise. Six years earlier, Hughes's wife Sylvia Plath had ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1927-1969)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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    Ahn Jae-hwan was a South Korean actor who appeared in the film "The Record." On September 8, 2008, he was found dead in his car from an apparent suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Jae-hwan was 36 years old.

    Ahn Jae-hwan was a South Korean actor. His wife was comedienne Jung Sun-hee. Ahn was found dead in his car on September 8, but the exact time of his death has not been revealed; police confirmed that he had died several days prior as his body was already decaying. It is considered to be a case of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1972-2008)
    • Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Show Show Show, Record, Woman Partners
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    Émile Zola was a French writer who wrote "La Comédie Humaine." On September 29, 1902, he died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning caused by an improperly ventilated chimney. Zola was 62 years old.

    Émile Édouard Charles Antoine Zola was a French writer, the most well-known practitioner of the literary school of naturalism and an important contributor to the development of theatrical naturalism. He was a major figure in the political liberalization of France and in the exoneration of the falsely ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1840-1902)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Thirst, In Secret, Germinal, Gervaise, Naná, + more
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    Amy Levy was a British author who wrote "The Romance of a Shop." She suffered from depression throughout much of her life. On September 10, 1889, she committed suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide. Oscar Wilde wrote her obituary.

    Amy Levy was a British essayist, poet, and novelist best remembered for her literary gifts; her experience as the first Jewish woman at Cambridge University and as a pioneering woman student at Newnham College, Cambridge; her feminist positions; her friendships with others living what came later to be ...more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1861-1889)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
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    Kevin Carter was South African photojournalist who received a Pulitzer Prize for his photography of the famine in Sudan. On July 27, 1994, he committed suicide by attaching a hose to his tail pipe and running exhaust into his vehicle. Part of his suicide note read, "I'm really, really sorry. The pain of life overrides the joy to the point that joy does not exist." He was 33 years old.

    Kevin Carter was a South African photojournalist and member of the Bang-Bang Club. He was the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph depicting the 1994 famine in Sudan. He committed suicide at the age of 33. His story is depicted in the 2010 feature film The Bang-Bang-Club, in which he was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1960-1994)
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
    • Profession: Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer
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    Brad Delp was an American musician who sang in the band Boston. On March 9, 2007, he committed suicide by locking himself in a bathroom with two lit charcoal grills, the fumes of which killed him. He was 55 years old.

    Bradley Edward Delp was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist of the rock bands Boston and RTZ.more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1951-2007)
    • Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer
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    Tadeusz Borowski was a Polish writer who was a prisoner at Auschwitz. On July 1, 1951, he committed suicide by breathing in gas from an oven. He was 28 years old.

    Tadeusz Borowski was a Polish writer and journalist. His wartime poetry and stories dealing with his experiences as a prisoner at Auschwitz are recognized as classics of Polish literature and had much influence in Central European society.more

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1922-1951)
    • Birthplace: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
    • Profession: Journalist, Writer
    • Credits: Landscape After the Battle, Pozegnanie z Maria
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    Colin Winkelmann was a professional BMX rider who was the Guinness world record holder for Longest BMX Jump. In 2004, he suffered a crash that left him with severe injuries that had the potential to end his career. Approximately one year later, on August 09, 2005, Winkelmann committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning from the exhaust pipes of his motorbike in his garage. He was 29 years old.

    Colin Winklemann was a professional freestyle BMX rider and was the 2000 World record holder for 'Longest BMX Jump'. He rode for DK Bicycles, taking 2nd place in the 2002 Toronto LaRevolution Street contest. He started riding as a young child in Okinawa, Japan where his father was stationed at a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1976-2005)
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Professional Road Racing Cyclist
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    Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968. He died from carbon monoxide poisoning on April 16, 1972 at the age of 72. It is unclear if his death was accidental or if he intended to kill himself.

    Yasunari Kawabata was a Japanese novelist and short story writer whose sparse, lyrical, subtly-shaded prose works won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the first Japanese author to receive the award. His works have enjoyed broad international appeal and are still widely read.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1899-1972)
    • Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Osaka, Asia, + more
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: The Dancing Girl of Izu, Sound of the Mountain, Meshi, Twin Sisters of Kyoto, Snow Country, + more
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    Bill Robinzine was an NBA athlete who played for several teams including the Kansas City Kings. On September 16, 1982, he committed suicide by filling his storage unit with carbon monoxide. He was 29 years old.

    William Clintard "Bill" Robinzine was an American professional basketball player. Born in Chicago, Illinois, Robinzine grew to be a 6' 7" forward from DePaul University. He played seven seasons in the NBA, competing for the Kansas City Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and Utah Jazz. In the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1953-1982)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Basketball player
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    Randall L. Wreghitt was an American Broadway producer who worked on "The Miracle Worker." On May 18, 2011, he died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. In the weeks prior to his death, he thought that he was suffering from the flu. Wreghitt was 55 years old.

    Randall L. Wreghitt was a theatrical producer.more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1955-2011)
    • Birthplace: Mason City, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Theatrical producer
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    Libby Holman was an American singer and actress who was in a Broadway production of "The Little Show." She suffered from depression throughout much of her adult life. On June 18, 1971, she committed suicide by running her car in a closed garage. Holman was 67 years old.

    Libby Holman was an American torch singer and stage actress who also achieved notoriety for her complex and unconventional personal life.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1904-1971)
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Dreams That Money Can Buy
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