If you thought that the rich, powerful and famous always had things better than you, you’d be wrong. Here are just a handful of the famous ends to some of the most interesting individuals of public life from across the planet.
Tennessee Williams (writer)
Perhaps the greatest American playwright, Tennessee was a complex and at times a dark character. Following a particularly difficult spell he was found dead in a hotel room. It appeared he had been holding the cap to an eyedrop bottle in his mouth while applying the liquid only for the lid to become lodged somehow in his throat. He choked to death.
Leon Trotsky (Marxist Revolutionary)
A massive figure in Russian history Trotsky was instrumental in constructing Soviet era Russia both through his ideas, political power and military manoeuvrings. As powerful as he once was however he lost out to Stalin in a brutal power struggle. Unsatisfied with his expulsion from Russia Stalin had him assassinated with an ice pick to the head.
Pope Johann XII
Church and scandal went hand in hand 1000 years ago and boy did this Pope love a little scandal. A huge litany of crimes were levelled against him prior to his death. These included incest, murder, toasting the devil and ordaining a 10 year old as bishop. He came a cropper after retaking Rome having been displaced. With everything looking rosy once more he decided to celebrate by bedding someone elses wife. Unhappily for him her hubby wasn’t feeling particularly Christian when he found them – beating Johann to death as he did.
Francisco Pizarro (Conquistador)
As far as hitting targets goes the Spanish crown can’t have been unimpressed with the ever so slightly ruthless Francisco Pizarro. After a couple of unsuccessful expeditions to South America Pizarro then hit something of a home run, conquering much of the continent. Finally founding Lima (Peru) Pizarro’s days of looting seemed to be at an end when a squad of armed men stormed his building and assassinated him. The perpetrator was none other than the son of a political rival he executed a few years previously.
Alexander Hamilton (American Founding Father)
What do you do when you’re the US Vice President and you hear long time political rival Alexander Hamilton is talking smack about you behind your back? You tell him to come at you. That’s what you do! Or at least that’s what Aaron Burr did. Unimpressed by Hamilton’s alleged mockery of him Burr called him out for a duel and subsequently dispatched the all American hero with a cheeky gut shot. Can you imagine Nick Clegg and Ed Balls . . . pistols at dawn?