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List of famous people who died of forced suicide, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who were forced to kill themselves are listed alphabetically and include the famous involuntary suicide victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. List ranges from Petronius to Gaius Calpurnius Piso, plus much more. These notable forced suicide deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has forced suicide as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (8 People)
Socrates is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Forced Suicide
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While being tried for wrongdoings, Socrates was asked what his punishment should be. Socrates suggested a wage paid by the government, and free meals for the rest of his life. Found guilty for corrupting Athen's youth and for impiety, his sentence was to drink a mixture, which included poison hemlock, and walk around until his body was so numb that he fell over, overtaken by the poison.

Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato's ...more

Birthplace: Classical Athens

Profession: Philosopher

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Seneca the Younger is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Forced Suicide
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Allegedly guilty for being involved in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, a Roman emperor, was sentenced to suicide. He sliced several veins to bleed to death, but he bled so slowly that he decided to take poison as well. When that didn't kill him, he was carried into a warm bath, which was supposed to speed up the blood flow. After finally dying, his body was burned without a proper funeral.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist, of the Silver Age of Latin literature. He was a tutor and later advisor to emperor Nero. While he was forced to commit suicide for alleged complicity in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate Nero, ...more

Age: Died at 68 (3 BC-65)

Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain

Profession: Writer, Philosopher, Playwright

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Lucan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Forced Suicide
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Found guilty in conspiring to kill the Roman emperor, Nero, Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, or more popularly known as Lucan, was forced to cut open a vein. As he bled to death, he was forced to name others involved in the conspiracy. He incriminated his mother in hopes of a pardon. Though Lucan died, his mother was able to escape.

Marcus Annaeus Lucanus, better known in English as Lucan, was a Roman poet, born in Corduba, in the Hispania Baetica. Despite his short life, he is regarded as one of the outstanding figures of the Imperial Latin period. His youth and speed of composition set him apart from other poets. ...more

Age: Died at 26 (39-65)

Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain

Profession: Poet

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Flavius Valerius Severus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Forced Suicide
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Western Roman Emperor, Flavius Valerius Severus, or Severus II, was pushing toward Rome from his kingdom during a revolt, when his men deserted him and he was forced to flee to Ravenna. He was offered to be treated fairly if he surrendered, which he did, but then was betrayed, displayed as a captive, imprisoned, and was forced to commit suicide. 

Severus, sometimes known as Severus II, was a Western Roman Emperor from 306 to 307. ...more

Age: Died at 57 (250-307)

Birthplace: Illyria

Profession: Soldier

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