Famous People Who Died of Assassination - Celebrities with Assassination

Assassinations are murders of a political nature, and their impacts often have far-reaching consequences that affect not just the immediate family of the deceased person but far beyond that. When Archduke Franz Ferdinand, nephew of Emperor Franz Josef and heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, was assassinated in 1914, the incident triggered off events that led to the World War I. Years later, in a different continent, another world-shaking assassination took place—M. K. Gandhi, known as the man responsible of gaining independence for India and preacher of peace, was shot dead by a frenzied man called Nathuram Godse. In 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of United States was on a political campaign in Dallas where he was shot dead in one of the century’s most shocking assassinations. His assassination gave rise to a number of conspiracy theories and made the headlines for weeks. More recently, in 2007, the then-leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party was assassinated after a political rally at Liaquat National Bagh. Throughout history there have been several political leaders as well as human rights activists who have been assassinated. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous people who were assassinated.

List of famous people who were assassinated. Check out their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

The Most Famous People Who Died of Assassination

Anwar SadatDecember 25, 1918EgyptianAnwar Sadat was the third President of Egypt and has been awarded the Nobel Prize for his peace initiatives
Barbara Daly Baekeland1922AmericanBarbara Daly Baekeland was a gorgeous American model and socialite who was murdered ruthlessly by her own son
Merlin SantanaMarch 14, 1976AmericanMerlin Santana was an Afro-Latino-American television actor
Danny GreeneNovember 14, 1933AmericanDanny Greene was an infamous Irish American gangster who rose to dominate the criminal underbelly of the city of Cleveland during the 1970s
SelenaApril 16, 1971AmericanSelena Quintanilla-Pérez, famously known as the ‘Queen of Tejano music’, was a Mexican-American singer, composer, actress, spokesperson and fashion designer
Dean CorllDecember 24, 1939AmericanDean Corll was an American serial killer and the mastermind behind the Houston Mass Murders
Emiliano ZapataAugust 8, 1879MexicanEmiliano Zapata was a Mexican revolutionary leader and one of the most important figures of the Mexican Revolution.
Roy DeMeoSeptember 7, 1942AmericanRoy DeMeo was a New York mobster
Ranasinghe PremadasaJune 23, 1924Sri LankanRanasinghe Premadasa was a Sri Lankan politician, who served as the third President of the island nation
Trevor BerbickAugust 1, 1954Canadian, JamaicanTrevor Berbick was a professional Jamaican Canadian boxer, and a former world heavy weight champion
John Geoghan

John Geoghan

John Geoghan was an American Roman Catholic priest who was accused of sexually abusing over 130 boys

AmericanJune 4, 1935249 views

Phoolan Devi

Phoolan Devi, also known as "Bandit queen", was an Indian bandit, who later became a Member of Parliament.

IndianAugust 10, 1963231 views


Shaka kaSnzangakhona was an influential Zulu tribal monarch

South African1787199 views

Liaquat Ali Khan

Liaquat Ali Khan was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan

Ranasinghe Premadasa

Ranasinghe Premadasa was a Sri Lankan politician, who served as the third President of the island nation

Sri LankanJune 23, 1924588 views

Birendra of Nepal

King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev was the 11th king of Nepal

NepaliDecember 28, 1945253 views

Kumbha of Mewar

Rana Kumbha was the ruler of Mewar in India from 1433 to 1468

Indian143399 views

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth President of the United States

AmericanFebruary 12, 1809135 views

Ahmad Shah Massoud

Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was known in his native Afghanistan as the ‘Lion of Panjshir’, was a political and military leader

AfghanSeptember 2, 1953408 views

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the ‘Father of the Nation’ of Bangladesh

BangladeshiMarch 17, 1920217 views