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List of famous people who died of murder, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from murder includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of murder, including actors, musicians and athletes.

John Lennon and Abraham Lincoln are included in this list. This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from murder?" and "Which famous people died due to murder?" These notable murder deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has murder as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (1366 items)

John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 40 (1940-1980) 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 ...more

Sharon Tate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 26 (1943-1969) Sharon Marie Tate was an American actress and model. During the 1960s she played small television roles before appearing in several movies. She also appeared regularly in fashion magazines as a ...more

Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865) 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 ...more

Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 34 (1960-1994) Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal who committed unspeakable acts between 1978 and 1991. Diagnosed by psychiatrists as suffering from a borderline personality disorder, ...more

Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 39 (1928-1967) Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major ...more

Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 45 (1939-1984) Marvin Gaye was an American singer, songwriter and musician. Gaye helped to shape the sound of Motown Records, first as an in house session player in the 1960s and later as a solo artist with a ...more

Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Died at 50 (1948-1998) Philip Edward "Phil" Hartman was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to the United States ...more

The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 25 (1972-1997) Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. Wallace was raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York ...more

Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Archimedes of Syracuse was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading ...more

Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Died at 61 (1879-1940) Leon Trotsky was a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army. Trotsky initially supported the Menshevik Internationalists faction of ...more

Gianni Versace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 51 (1946-1997) Gianni Versace was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house, which produces accessories, fragrances, make-up and home furnishings as well as clothes. He ...more

Pier Paolo Pasolini is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 53 (1922-1975) Pier Paolo Pasolini was an Italian film director, poet, writer and intellectual. Pasolini distinguished himself as a poet, journalist, philosopher, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, newspaper and ...more

Joseph Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 39 (1805-1844) Joseph Smith, Jr. was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism. When he was twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon; by the time of his death fourteen years later, he had ...more

Dorothy Stratten is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 20 (1960-1980) rothy Ruth Hoogstraten, who took the stage name Dorothy Stratten. Stratten appeared in three comedy films and in at least two episodes of shows broadcast on US network television. She was ...more

Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 38 (1898-1936) Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca, known as Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, playwright, and theatre director. García Lorca achieved ...more

Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 33 (1931-1964) Samuel "Sam" Cooke was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is ...more

Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 53 (1932-1985) Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain ...more

Selena is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 24 (1971-1995) Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, known by the mononym Selena, was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her contributions ...more

Chauncey Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 58 (1949-2007) Chauncey Wendell Bailey, Jr. was an American journalist, noted for his work primarily on issues of the African American community. He served as editor-in-chief of The Oakland Post in Oakland, ...more

Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 48 (1871-1919) Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. She was, successively, a member of the ...more

Bob Crane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 50 (1928-1978) Robert Edward "Bob" Crane was an American actor, drummer, radio host, and disc jockey. Crane began his career as a disc jockey in New York and Connecticut before moving to Los Angeles ...more

Lana Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 41 (1962-2003) Lana Jean Clarkson was an American actress and fashion model. During the 1980s, she rose to prominence in several sword-and-sorcery films. In February 2003, Clarkson was fatally shot by ...more

Ioan P. Culianu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 41 (1950-1991) Ioan Petru Culianu or Couliano was a Romanian historian of religion, culture, and ideas, a philosopher and political essayist, and a short story writer. He served as professor of the history of ...more

George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 68 (1941-2009) George Richard Tiller, MD was an American physician from Wichita, Kansas. He gained national attention as the medical director of Women's Health Care Services, one of only three clinics ...more

Alexander Litvinenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Died at 44 (1962-2006) Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko was a fugitive officer of the Russian FSB secret service. Litvinenko was arrested the following March on charges of exceeding the authority of his position. He ...more