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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
John Lennon Died 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
Sharon Tate Died at 26 (1943-1969) 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 ...more

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

Jeffrey Dahmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Jeffrey Dahmer Died at 34 (1960-1994) 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 ...more

Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Che Guevara Died 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
Marvin Gaye Died 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
Phil Hartman 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
The Notorious B.I.G. Died 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 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
Leon Trotsky 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
Gianni Versace Died 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
Pier Paolo Pasolini Died 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

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Joseph Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Joseph Smith, Jr. Died 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
Dorothy Stratten Died at 20 (1960-1980) Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten, who took the stage name Dorothy Stratten, was a Canadian Playboy Playmate, model, and actress. Stratten was the Playboy Playmate of the Month for August 1979, Playmate ...more

Federico García Lorca is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Federico García Lorca Died 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
Sam Cooke Died 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
Dian Fossey Died 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

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Selena is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Selena Died 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
Chauncey Bailey Died 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
Rosa Luxemburg Died 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
Bob Crane Died 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
Lana Clarkson Died 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

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Ioan P. Culianu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Ioan P. Culianu Died 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
George Tiller Died 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
Alexander Litvinenko Died at 44 (1962-2006) Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko was a fugitive officer of the Russian FSB secret service who specialised in tackling organised crime. In November 1998, Litvinenko and several other FSB officers ...more

Don Bolles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Don Bolles Died at 48 (1928-1976) Don Bolles was an American investigative reporter whose murder in a car bombing is linked to the Mafia.

Luis Donaldo Colosio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Luis Donaldo Colosio Died at 44 (1950-1994) Luis Donaldo Colosio Murrieta was a Mexican politician, economist, and PRI presidential candidate, who was assassinated at a campaign rally in Tijuana during the Mexican Presidential campaign of

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Alan Berg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Alan Berg Died at 50 (1934-1984) Alan Berg was an American attorney and Denver, Colorado, talk radio show host. Berg was notable for his largely liberal, outspoken viewpoints and confrontational interview style. On the evening ...more

Elagabalus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Elagabalus Died at 19 (203-222) Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, commonly known as Elagabalus or Heliogabalus, was Roman Emperor from 218 to 222. A member of the Severan Dynasty, he was Syrian, the second son of Julia ...more

Jill Dando is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Jill Dando Died at 38 (1961-1999) Jill Wendy Dando was an English journalist, television presenter, and newsreader who was 1997 BBC Personality of the Year. At the time of her death, she was the presenter of the BBC programme ...more

Carlo Tresca is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Carlo Tresca Died at 64 (1879-1943) Carlo Tresca was an Italian-born American newspaper editor, orator, and labor organizer who was a leader of the Industrial Workers of the World during the decade of the 1910s. Tresca is ...more

Pim Fortuyn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Pim Fortuyn Died at 54 (1948-2002) Wilhelmus Simon Petrus Fortuijn, known as Pim Fortuyn, was a Dutch politician, civil servant, sociologist, author and professor who formed his own party, Pim Fortuyn List in 2002. Fortuyn ...more

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Hypatia is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Hypatia Died at 65 (350-415) Hypatia was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher in Egypt, then a part of the Byzantine Empire. She was the head of the Neoplatonic school at Alexandria, where she taught ...more

Theo van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Theo van Gogh Died at 47 (1957-2004) Theodoor "Theo" van Gogh was a Dutch film director, film producer, columnist, author and actor. Van Gogh worked with the Somali-born writer and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali to produce ...more

Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Dimebag Darrell Died at 38 (1966-2004) Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside ...more

Edward V of England is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Edward V of England Died at 13 (1470-1483) Edward V was King of England from his father Edward IV's death on 9 April 1483 until 26 June of the same year. He was never crowned, and his 86-day reign was dominated by the influence of his ...more

Tara Singh Hayer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Tara Singh Hayer Died at 62 (1936-1998) Tara Singh Hayer, OBC was an Indo-Canadian newspaper publisher who was murdered.

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Paco Stanley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Paco Stanley Died at 57 (1942-1999) Francisco "Paco" Jorge Stanley Albaitero was a Mexican television entertainer for TV Azteca, a multimedia conglomerate.

Sal Mineo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Sal Mineo Died at 37 (1939-1976) Sal Mineo was an actor.

Andrés Escobar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Andrés Escobar Died at 27 (1967-1994) Andrés Escobar Saldarriaga was a Colombian footballer who played as a defender. He played for Atlético Nacional, BSC Young Boys, and the Colombia national team. Escobar was ...more

Enrique Camarena is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Enrique Camarena Died at 38 (1947-1985) Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was a Mexican-born American undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration who was abducted on February 7, 1985, and then tortured ...more

Alexandra Feodorovna is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Alexandra Feodorovna Died at 46 (1872-1918) Alexandra Feodorovna, was Empress consort of Russia as the spouse of Nicholas II, the last Emperor of the Russian Empire. Born as Alix of Hesse and by Rhine, was granddaughter of Queen Victoria ...more

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Robert Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Robert Johnson Died at 27 (1911-1938) Robert Leroy Johnson was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has ...more

Paul Klebnikov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Paul Klebnikov Died at 41 (1963-2004) Paul Klebnikov was an American journalist and historian of Russian history. He worked for Forbes magazine for more than 10 years and at the time of his death was chief editor of the Russian ...more

Alexander II of Russia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Alexander II of Russia Died at 63 (1818-1881) Alexander II was the Emperor of Russia from 2 March 1855 until his assassination in 1881. He was also the King of Poland and the Grand Prince of Finland. Alexander was the most successful ...more

Raoul Wallenberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Raoul Wallenberg Died at 35 (1912-1947) Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the ...more

Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaev... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia Died at 21 (1897-1918) Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia was the second daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, the last monarch of Russia, and of Tsarina Alexandra. She was born at the Peterhof, Saint Petersburg. She ...more

Peter III of Russia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Peter III of Russia Died at 34 (1728-1762) Peter III was emperor of Russia for six months in 1762. He was born as Karl Peter Ulrich, son of the Duke of Holstein-Gottorp. The German Peter could hardly speak Russian and pursued a strongly ...more

Judith Barsi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
Judith Barsi Died at 10 (1978-1988) Judith Eva Barsi was an American child actress. She began her career in television, making appearances in commercials and television shows, and later appeared in the films Jaws: The Revenge, The ...more

George I of Greece is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Were Murdered
George I of Greece Died at 68 (1845-1913) George I was King of Greece from 1863 until his death in 1913. Originally a Danish prince, George was born in Copenhagen, and seemed destined for a career in the Royal Danish Navy. He was only ...more