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Famous People Who Were Killed by Firearms

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List of famous people who died of firearm use, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who were killed by firearms are listed alphabetically and include the famous firearm victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Examples of people on this list include Muammer Aksoy and Imam Alimsultanov. These notable firearm deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has killed by firearms as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (963 People)


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    John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership. Born and raised in Liverpool, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)
    • Birthplace: Liverpool, Eurasia, Lancashire, North West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more
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    Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As effective dictator of Nazi Germany, Hitler was at the centre of World War II in Europe, and the Holocaust. Hitler was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1889-1945)
    • Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier, Writer, Artist
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    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma —applied to him first in 1914 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1869-1948)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Porbandar, Porbandar district, Gujarat
    • Profession: Politician, Writer, Philosopher, Lawyer
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    Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the grunge band Nirvana. Cobain formed Nirvana with Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1985 and established it as part of the Seattle music scene, having its debut album ...more

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    • Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)
    • Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Artist
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    Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1925-1965)
    • Birthplace: USA, Nebraska, Omaha, North Omaha, Nebraska
    • Profession: Writer, Human rights activist
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    Robert F. Kennedy
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    Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, commonly known by his initials RFK, was an American politician from Massachusetts. He served as a Senator for New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was previously the 64th U.S. Attorney General from 1961 to 1964, serving under his older brother, President ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1925-1968)
    • Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Writer, Lawyer
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    Vincent Willem van Gogh was a major Post-Impressionist painter. He was a Dutch artist whose work had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. His output includes portraits, self portraits, landscapes and still lifes of cypresses, wheat fields and sunflowers. Van Gogh drew as a child but did not ...more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1853-1890)
    • Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
    • Profession: Painter, Artist
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    Che Guevara
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    Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1928-1967)
    • Birthplace: Santa Fe, DVD Region 4, Rosario Department, Greater Rosario, South America, + more
    • Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Author, Physician, Revolutionary
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    Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits are ...more

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    • Age: Died at 25 (1971-1996)
    • Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Poet, Songwriter, Rapper, Screenwriter, + more
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    Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a string of hits, including How Sweet It Is and I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and duet recordings with Mary ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1939-1984)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, + more
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    Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the United States when he was 10. After graduating from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in graphic arts, he designed ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1948-1998)
    • Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Graphic Artist, Voice acting
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    Harvey Bernard Milk was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1930-1978)
    • Birthplace: Woodmere, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician
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    George Lincoln Rockwell
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    George Lincoln Rockwell was the founder of the American Nazi Party. Rockwell was a major figure in the neo-Nazi movement in the United States, and his beliefs and writings have continued to be influential among white nationalists and neo-Nazis. On August 25, 1967, Rockwell was killed by gunshots while ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1918-1967)
    • Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Politician
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    Medgar Evers
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    Medgar Wiley Evers was an African-American civil rights activist from Mississippi involved in efforts to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi. After returning from overseas military service in World War II and completing his secondary education, he became active in the Civil Rights ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1925-1963)
    • Birthplace: Decatur, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Social activist
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    Gianni Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, make-up and home furnishings as well as clothes. He also designed costumes for the theatre and films. As a friend of Eric Clapton; Diana, Princess of Wales; ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1946-1997)
    • Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer, Actor, Costume Designer
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    Indira Gandhi
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    Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the fourth Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Gandhi, who served from 1966 to 1977 and then again from 1980 until her assassination in 1984, is the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of India and the only woman to hold ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1917-1984)
    • Birthplace: Allahabad, India
    • Profession: Politician
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    William McKinley was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1843-1901)
    • Birthplace: Niles, Ohio, USA
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
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    Dean Corll
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    Dean Arnold Corll was an American serial killer who abducted, raped, tortured, and murdered a minimum of 28 boys in a series of killings spanning from 1970 to 1973 in Houston, Texas. The crimes, which became known as the Houston Mass Murders, came to light only after Henley fatally shot Corll. Corll was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1939-1973)
    • Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America
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    The Notorious B.I.G.
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    Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. When he released his debut album Ready to Die in 1994, he became a central figure in the East Coast hip ...more

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    • Age: Died at 25 (1972-1997)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Clinton Hill
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Composer, Singer, + more
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    Joseph Smith, Jr.
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    Joseph Smith, Jr. was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism. When he was twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon; by the time of his death fourteen years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers and founded a religion and religious culture that continues to the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1805-1844)
    • Birthplace: Sharon, Vermont, United States of America
    • Profession: Tradesman, Politician
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