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List of famous people who died by gunshot, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who were shot to death are listed alphabetically and include the famous gunshot victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available.

The list of people who died by getting shot includes Abraham Lincoln, Lee Harvey Oswald, and more. 

These notable gunshot deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has gunshot as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.
Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died by Gunshot
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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 ...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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#25 on The Most Important Military Leaders in World History

#17 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#63 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#29 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died by Gunshot
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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, ...more

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Age: Died at 56 (1809-1865)

Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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#72 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#27 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#32 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#12 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died by Gunshot
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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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#21 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#98 on The Best Singers of All Time

#35 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#10 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died by Gunshot
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 25 (1971-1996)

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, USA

Profession: Record producer, Poet, Songwriter, Rapper, Screenwriter, + more

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#32 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#4 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#7 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

#74 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

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