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

A list made up of people who were being murdered by torturers like Lee Miglin, Junko Furuta, and Inalchuq.

These notable torture deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has tortured to death as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 
Matthew Shepard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Were Tortured to Death
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Matthew Shepard was a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and left to die on October 6, 1998. He was pistol whipped, robbed and left hanging on a fence. He died six days later in the hospital. His death was ruled the result of a hate crime, and led to the creation of multiple new laws to protect people against such attacks.

Matthew Wayne "Matt" Shepard was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming on the night of October 6, 1998, and died six days later at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12, from severe head ...more

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Age: Died at 22 (1976-1998)

Birthplace: Casper, Grant Village, Wyoming, United States of America

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György Dózsa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Were Tortured to Death
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György Dózsa was a Hungarian man-at-arms who led a peasants revolt against the king of Hungary in the 1500s. He was eventually captured along with the other rebels. Dózsa was forced to sit on a burning hot iron throne with a burning hot iron crown on his head. His fellow rebels were forced to either bite off and devour chunks of his burning flesh or be cut into bits. Dózsa eventually died of the wounds caused by his friends eating him. The rebels who ate his flesh were allowed to live.

György Dózsa was a Székely man-at-arms from Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary who led a peasants' revolt against the kingdom's landed nobility. He was eventually caught, tortured, and executed along with his followers, and remembered as both a Christian martyr and a dangerous criminal. During the ...more

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Age: Died at 44 (1470-1514)

Birthplace: Romania

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Valerian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Were Tortured to Death
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Valerian was the Roman emperor from year 253 to 259. He was captured by the enemy Persian king and forced to drink molten gold while he was skinned alive. His skin was then stuffed and used as a trophy of the Persian victory.

Valerian; Latin: Publius Licinius Valerianus Augustus; 193/195/200 – 260 or 264, also known as Valerian the Elder, was Roman Emperor from 253 to 260. He was taken captive by Sassanian king Shapur I after the Battle of Edessa, becoming the only Roman Emperor who was captured as a prisoner of war, ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (200-260)

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Sylvain Itkine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Tortured to Death
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Sylvain Itkine was a French actor and director who was captured, tortured and eventually shot by Gestapo during the Second World War.

Sylvain Itkine was an actor, theater director, and playwright. ...more

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Age: Died at 36 (1908-1944)

Birthplace: France, Paris

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