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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
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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

Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer, + more

Credits: A Hard Day's Night, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Yellow Submarine, Children of Men

Also Ranked

#29 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#6 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#9 on The Best Singers of All Time

#55 on The Greatest Classic Rock Bands

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Photo: Alexander Gardner/via Wikimedia Commons

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, ...more

Age: Died at 56 (1809-1865)

Birthplace: Kentucky, Hodgenville, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

Credits: The Perfect Tribute, Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary, A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Also Ranked

#72 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#33 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#12 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#3 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Photo: Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys between 1978 and 1991, with many of his later murders also involving necrophilia, cannibalism and the permanent ...more

Age: Died at 34 (1960-1994)

Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

Profession: Criminal

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Sharon Tate is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
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Sharon Marie Tate was an American actress, sex symbol and model. During the 1960s she played small television roles before appearing in several movies. She also appeared regularly in fashion magazines as a model and cover girl. After receiving positive reviews for her comedic and dramatic ...more

Age: Died at 26 (1943-1969)

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA

Profession: Model, Actor

Credits: The Fearless Vampire Killers, Valley of the Dolls, The Wrecking Crew, Twelve Plus One

Also Ranked

#88 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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