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Famous People Who Were Murdered

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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. (1364 items)

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

Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who gained worldwide fame as the rhythm guitarist for ...more
Sharon Tate is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 26 (1943-1969)

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Sharon Marie Tate Polanski (January 24, 1943 – August 9, 1969) was an American actress and model. During the 1960s, she played small television roles before appearing in films and was regularly ...more
Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. ...more
Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)

Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (; May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the rape, ...more
Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 39 (1928-1967)

Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

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)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr.; April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He helped to shape the sound of Motown in the 1960s, first as an ...more
Phil Hartman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

Birthplace: Brantford, Canada

Philip Edward Hartmann (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-American actor, comedian, screenwriter, and graphic artist. Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hartman and his family moved to ...more
The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 25 (1972-1997)

Birthplace: Clinton Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), known professionally as The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or Biggie, was an American rapper. He is widely considered to be ...more
Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered

Birthplace: Syracuse, Italy

Archimedes of Syracuse (; Greek: Ἀρχιμήδης; c. 287 – c. 212 BC) was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is ...more
Leon Trotsky is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 61 (1879-1940)

Birthplace: Ukraine, Kirovohrad

Lev Davidovich Bronstein (7 November [O.S. 26 October] 1879 – 21 August 1940), better known as Leon Trotsky (), was a Russian revolutionary, Marxist theorist, and Soviet politician whose ...more
Gianni Versace is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 51 (1946-1997)

Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy

Giovanni Versace (Italian: [ˈdʒovanni verˈsaːtʃe]; 2 December 1946 – 15 July 1997) was an Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house that produces ...more
Pier Paolo Pasolini is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 53 (1922-1975)

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, Province of Bologna, + more

Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian: [ˌpjɛr ˈpaːolo pazoˈliːni]; 5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual, who also distinguished himself as an ...more
Joseph Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 39 (1805-1844)

Birthplace: Sharon, Vermont, United States of America

Joseph Smith Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement. When he was 24, Smith published the Book of ...more
Dorothy Stratten is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 20 (1960-1980)

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten (February 28, 1960 – August 14, 1980), who took the professional name Dorothy Stratten, was a Canadian Playboy Playmate, model, and actress. Stratten was the Playboy ...more
Federico García L... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 38 (1898-1936)

Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain

Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca (Spanish pronunciation: [feðeˈɾiko ðel saˈɣɾaðo koɾaˈθon de xeˈsuz ɣaɾˈθi.a ˈloɾka]; 5 June 1898 – 19 August ...more
Sam Cooke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 33 (1931-1964)

Birthplace: Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States of America

Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, civil-rights activist and entrepreneur. Influential as both a singer ...more
Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 53 (1932-1985)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Dian Fossey (; January 16, 1932 – c. December 26, 1985) was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her ...more
Selena is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 24 (1971-1995)

Birthplace: Lake Jackson, Texas, United States of America

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer. Called the Queen of Tejano music, her ...more
Chauncey Bailey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 58 (1949-2007)

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Chauncey Wendell Bailey Jr. (October 20, 1949 – August 2, 2007) was an American journalist noted for his work primarily on issues of the African American community. He served as editor-in-chief ...more
Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 48 (1871-1919)

Birthplace: Zamość, Second Polish Republic

Rosa Luxemburg (German: [ˈʁoːza ˈlʊksəmbʊʁk] (listen); Polish: Róża Luksemburg; also Rozalia Luxenburg; 5 March 1871 – 15 January 1919) was a Polish Marxist theorist, philosopher, ...more
Bob Crane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 50 (1928-1978)

Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States of America

Robert Edward Crane (July 13, 1928 – June 29, 1978) was an American actor, drummer, radio host, and disc jockey known for starring in the CBS situation comedy Hogan's Heroes. A drummer from age ...more
Lana Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 41 (1962-2003)

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

Lana Jean Clarkson (April 5, 1962 – February 3, 2003) was an American actress and fashion model. During the 1980s, she rose to prominence in several sword-and-sorcery films. In 2003, she was ...more
Ioan P. Culianu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 41 (1950-1991)

Birthplace: Southeast Europe, Nord-Est, Iași County, Iași, Iași metropolitan area, + more

Ioan Petru Culianu or Couliano (5 January 1950 – 21 May 1991) was a Romanian historian of religion, culture, and ideas, a philosopher and political essayist, and a short story writer. He served ...more
George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dec. at 68 (1941-2009)

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

George Richard Tiller (August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009) was an American physician from Wichita, Kansas. He gained national attention as the medical director of Women's Health Care Services, one of ...more
Alexander Litvinenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Age: Died at 44 (1962-2006)

Birthplace: Voronezh Oblast, Eurasia, Voronezh, Russia

Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko (Russian: Алекса́ндр Ва́льтерович Литвине́нко, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ˈvaltɨrəvʲɪtɕ lʲɪtvʲɪˈnʲɛnkə]; 30 August 1962 or 4 December 1962 by father's account – 23 ...more