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Deaths: how

Q: How did ... die? A

Suicides

I was once asked how Virginia Woolf died.  When I answered "she drowned", this was not accepted; the answer on the card was "suicide".  A careless question setter and a mistakenly pedantic question master (actually it was a woman ...)

Not that I bear a grudge :–)

I would respectfully suggest that in all cases of suicide, the actual cause of death should be enough. I've tried to think of a form of words that makes it clear (in the question) that you need the answer to include the word "suicide", without giving away the fact that it was suicide; but I can't.

If, on the other hand, you are the question master and the contestant answers "suicide", I think you have a right to insist on the actual cause of death.

If you're asked such a question, the safest answer – and the most correct – is (staying with Virginia Woolf as an example): "She committed suicide by drowning".

Boadicea (Boudicca) Click to show or hide the answer
Cleopatra: bitten (30BC; according to most contemporary sources on the arm, but in Shakespeare on the breast) by an Click to show or hide the answer
Peg Entwhistle (British–born bit–part actress, 1932) Click to show or hide the answer
Mark Antony (30BC; believing that Cleopatra had already committed suicide – although in fact she didn’t do so until about two weeks later) Click to show or hide the answer
Sylvia Plath Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Socrates (in compliance with a judicial sentence) Click to show or hide the answer
Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Virginia Woolf Click to show or hide the answer

Other

Kings Harold II (according to tradition), William II (Rufus), Richard I (the Lionheart) Click to show or hide the answer
Albert Camus, General Patton (died 12 days later), James Dean, Grace Kelly, Jackson Pollock, Marc Bolan Click to show or hide the answer
Tchaikovsky (probably) Click to show or hide the answer
Rasputin: actually shot by nobles and dumped in a river. Officially Click to show or hide the answer
Percy Bysshe Shelley Click to show or hide the answer
Lord Kitchener Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Lord Byron Click to show or hide the answer
Guy Fawkes Click to show or hide the answer
Leon Trotsky was fatally stabbed with an Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Rupert Brooke (1915) Click to show or hide the answer
Robert the Bruce Click to show or hide the answer
Oliver Cromwell, Caravaggio Click to show or hide the answer
T. E. Lawrence Click to show or hide the answer
Rudolf Valentino Click to show or hide the answer
Thomas Etholen Selfridge (US army officer – passenger of Orville Wright – no known relation to the retail family – first person to die this way, 1908 aged 26) Click to show or hide the answer
Charles Rolls (first British citizen to die this way)
Roald Amundsen (Norwegian Sea, 1928), Will Rogers (US actor and humorist – Alaska, 1935), Carole Lombard (wife of Clark Gable – near Las Vegas, 1942), Glenn Miller (1944), Dag Hammarskjöld (Zambia, 1961), Patsy Cline (Tennessee, 1963), Jim Reeves (Tennessee, 1964), Yuri Gagarin (near Moscow, 1968), Otis Redding (Wisconsin, 1969), Rocky Marciano (Iowa, 1969), Audie Murphy (Virginia, 1971), Prince William of Gloucester (first cousin of Elizabeth II – near Wolverhampton, 1972), Jim Croce (Louisiana, 1973), Graham Hill (Hertfordshire, 1975), Ricky Nelson (Texas, 1985), Stevie Ray Vaughan (US blues guitarist – Wisconsin, 1990), John Denver (Monterey Bay, 1997), John F. Kennedy Jr. (off Martha's Vineyard, 1997), Payne Stewart (golfer – South Dakota, 1999), Hansie Cronje (South Africa, 2002), Galen Rowell (nature photographer – California, 2002), Colin McRae (rally driver – Lanark, 2007)
Antoni Gaudi (Catalan architect, 1852–1926) Click to show or hide the answer
Alexander I, King of Greece 1917–20 Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
John Hanning Speke (discovered the source of the Nile) Click to show or hide the answer
Sonny Bono Click to show or hide the answer
Kirsty MacColl Click to show or hide the answer
Al Capone, Paul Gauguin Click to show or hide the answer
John Keats, D. H. Lawrence Click to show or hide the answer
Prince Albert Click to show or hide the answer

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British prime minister Lord Palmerston, US vice president Nelson Rockefeller, and Pope John XII, are all said to have died while Click to show or hide the answer
King George II, Edmund II Ironside (King of England for just over 7 months in 1016), Lenny Bruce, Elvis Presley, Evelyn Waugh and Christopher Shale all died Click to show or hide the answer

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