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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. {#nodes}

  • John Lennon

    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom


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  • Sharon Tate

    Dec. at 26 (1943-1969)

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America


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  • Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America


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  • Jeffrey Dahmer

    Dec. at 34 (1960-1994)

    BirthplaceWest Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America


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  • Che Guevara

    Dec. at 39 (1928-1967)

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina


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  • Marvin Gaye

    Dec. at 45 (1939-1984)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America


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  • Phil Hartman

    Dec. at 50 (1948-1998)

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada


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  • The Notorious B.I.G.

    Dec. at 25 (1972-1997)

    BirthplaceClinton Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America


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  • Leon Trotsky

    Dec. at 61 (1879-1940)

    BirthplaceKirovohrad, Ukraine


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  • Gianni Versace

    Dec. at 51 (1946-1997)

    BirthplaceReggio Calabria, Italy


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  • Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Dec. at 53 (1922-1975)

    BirthplaceBologna, Italy


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  • Joseph Smith, Jr.

    Dec. at 39 (1805-1844)

    BirthplaceSharon, Vermont, United States of America


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  • Dorothy Stratten

    Dec. at 20 (1960-1980)

    BirthplaceVancouver, Canada


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  • Federico García Lorca

    Dec. at 38 (1898-1936)

    BirthplaceFuente Vaqueros, Spain


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  • Sam Cooke

    Dec. at 33 (1931-1964)

    BirthplaceClarksdale, Mississippi, United States of America


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  • Dian Fossey

    Dec. at 53 (1932-1985)

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America


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  • Selena

    Dec. at 24 (1971-1995)

    BirthplaceLake Jackson, Texas, United States of America


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  • Chauncey Bailey

    Dec. at 58 (1949-2007)

    BirthplaceOakland, California


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  • Rosa Luxemburg

    Dec. at 48 (1871-1919)

    BirthplaceZamość, Second Polish Republic


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  • Bob Crane

    Dec. at 50 (1928-1978)

    BirthplaceWaterbury, Connecticut, United States of America


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  • Lana Clarkson

    Dec. at 41 (1962-2003)

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America


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  • Ioan P. Culianu

    Dec. at 41 (1950-1991)

    BirthplaceIași, Iași metropolitan area, Romania


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  • George Tiller

    Dec. at 68 (1941-2009)

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas


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  • Alexander Litvinenko

    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)

    BirthplaceVoronezh, Russia


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