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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: Eastern United States, Boston, Jamaica Plain, New England, United States of America, + more
    • 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, Middlesex County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • 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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