The list of famous people who died of poisoning includes all the notable people who met their end at the hands of a poison. Death due to poison could not be detected in earlier ages, and so was the most popular method used to kill people, resulting in many famous poisoning cases. Only in the recent past, has the cause of death by poison been detectable through autopsy.
This list features food poisoning deaths, as well as cases of suicide by poisoning. There's death by hemlock, as in the case of Socrates. Some of the most famous poisons were used time and time again throughout history. You'll start to recognize the poison names, such as cyanide or ricin.
What famous people were poisoned to death? Did you know, in the previous centuries, most poison victims died of arsenic poisoning? These famous poisonings are the stuff of legends and have happened throughout history.
From cyanide poisonings to other methods, here is a list of all famous people who were poisoned and killed. Read more about famous poisoning victims below.
- Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
Alan Turing reportedly completed suicide by injecting an apple with cyanide and taking a bite.Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential in ...more
- Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria
Adolf Hitler used cyanide and a gunshot simultaneously, to avoid capture.Adolf Hitler (German: [ˈadɔlf ˈhɪtlɐ] (listen); 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP). He rose to ...more