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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. You might also be interested in creepy facts about carbon monoxide poisoning and famous people who died by poisoning. While some of the following carbon monoxide poisoning deaths resulted from suicide, most are accidents. 

List ranges from James Kisner to Sylvia Plath, 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. 

  • 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.
    • Age: Dec. at 30 (1932-1963)
    • Birthplace: Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Credits: The Bell Jar, The Bell Jar, The Missing Me, The Colossus

    #161 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#774 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time#499 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Photo: flickr / CC0
    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.
    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1928-1974)
    • Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Playwright

    #103 of 369 The Greatest Poets of All Time#67 of 241 The Best Female Authors of All Time#30 of 122 The Best American Poets

  • 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.
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1946-1985)
    • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Firefighter, Politician, Police officer
  • Photo: flickr / CC0
    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.
    • Age: Dec. at 31 (1937-1969)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Journalist, Soldier, Professor, Novelist, Author
    • Credits: The Neon Bible