Famous People Who Died By Gunshot

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There are many famous people who died by gunshot - some people who got shot were beloved leaders and entertainers, while other are among the most terrible people in history. These celebrities who were shot to death are listed in no particular order, but the list includes biographical info, when available.

Among the names of famous people who were shot and killed includes Abraham Lincoln, Lee Harvey Oswald, and other notable gunshot deaths, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Some of the famous people who have been shot were the victims of historical assassinations. Others famous people were killed by their own hands, like the shotgun death suicide of Kurt Cobain - unless you believe these crazy conspiracy theories.  

Everyone on this list of famous people killed has gunshot as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor. 

Vanessa Marquez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died By Gunshot
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Vanessa Marquez (December 21, 1968 – August 30, 2018) was an American actress. She was primarily known for her recurring role on the first three seasons of ER as nurse Wendy Goldman, as well as her role as Ana Delgado in the 1988 teacher drama Stand and Deliver. Her success with Stand and Deliver led to a full-fledged career in film and television, with roles in films such as the gangster epic Blood In Blood Out (1993) and the independent film Twenty Bucks (1993). Her television work included guest spots on popular programs including Melrose Place (1992) and a recurring role on Malcolm & Eddie (1996). In addition to her acting credentials, Vanessa was a talented vocalist and appeared as a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 50

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died By Gunshot
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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his life was taken in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy. Born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, Lincoln grew up on the western frontier in Kentucky and Indiana. Largely self-educated, he became a lawyer in Illinois, a Whig Party leader, and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, where he served from 1834 to 1846. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died By Gunshot
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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 Bleach released on the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. After signing with major label DGC Records, the band found breakthrough success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album Nevermind. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 27 (1967-1994)

Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America

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Tupac Shakur is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died By Gunshot
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Tupac Amaru Shakur, also known by his stage names 2Pac and briefly as Makaveli, was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. Shakur has sold over 75 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His double disc albums All Eyez on Me and his Greatest Hits are among the best selling albums in the United States. He has been listed and ranked as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone which ranked him 86th on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 25 (1971-1996)

Birthplace: East Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

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