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List of famous people who died of gunshot wounds, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died of gunshot wounds are listed by fame and notoriety and include the famous gunshot injury victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. List includes JFK, John Lennon, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Phil Hartman, MLK, Tupac, Selena, and more. These notable gunshot wound deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has gunshot wound as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 

John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Gunshot Wounds
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John F. Kennedy was an American politician who served as the President of the United States from January 20, 1961 until his death in 1963. On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was assassinated as his motorcade made its way through Dallas, Texas. He was shot three times, once in the throat, back and head.

Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the crime, but he was also assassinated before he could stand trial.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Major events during his presidency include the Bay of Pigs Invasion, ...more

Age: Died at 46 (1917-1963)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Gunshot Wounds
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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American civil rights leader who received the Nobel Peace prize in 1964. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee after speaking at a rally. Two months after his death, James Earl Ray was arrested and charged with killing King.

Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian ...more

Age: Died at 39 (1929-1968)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Gunshot Wounds
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Kurt Cobain was an American musician who fronted the rock group Nirvana. On April 5, 1994, Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself with a shotgun. He was found by an electrician three days later.

Conspiracy theorists believe that Cobain may have actually been killed by his wife Courtney Love, but the death was ruled a suicide.

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

Age: Died at 27 (1967-1994)

Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America

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John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Gunshot Wounds
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John Lennon was a British musician who was a member of The Beatles. On December 8, 1980, Lennon was shot in the back by Mark David Chapman as he and Yoko Ono were about to enter their apartment building in New York. Chapman had asked Lennon for an autograph earlier that evening.

John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a celebrated songwriting partnership. Born and raised in ...more

Age: Died at 40 (1940-1980)

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

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