Quiz about Swinging in the Rain
Quiz about Swinging in the Rain

Swinging in the Rain Trivia Quiz


This is just a few questions about famous folk who chose to end it all by hanging themselves. What do you know about these sad souls?

A multiple-choice quiz by dcpddc478. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
dcpddc478
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
341,152
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
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Avg Score
8 / 10
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1. Which of these men was a British footballer (soccer) who hanged himself in 1998 and is often cited as the first openly gay athlete in the sport? Hint

Ed McCaffery
Jerry Rice
Justin Fashanu
Larry Fitzgerald

2. Alexander McQueen, famed clothing designer that hanged himself in 2010, was the son of actor Steve McQueen.

True
False

3. Jonathan Brandis, who hanged himself at the age of 27, is probably best known for his role as Lucas Wolenczak in which futuristic television show? Hint

Star Trek
seaQuest DSV
Earth-Final Conflict
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

4. Known for his baritone voice, Ian Curtis was the lead singer for which of the following British punk rock bands? Hint

Chron Gen
Foreign Legion
Joy Division
Red London

5. In which sport did powerful Chris Benoit, a popular Canadian athlete, participate in professionally? Hint

Tennis
Golf
Wrestling
Hockey

6. In which country was American actor David Carradine found hanging in the closet of his motel? Hint

Mexico
Cuba
Indonesia
Thailand

7. Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, a member of the British Royal family, hanged himself in Kensington Gardens in 1990.

True
False

8. An account of which man's suicide by hanging appears in Matthew 27:3-10 of the Bible? Hint

Peter
Japeth
Judas
Aaron

9. Which early British rock group, originally called the Iveys', broke up after the hanging death of one of the members? Hint

Three Dog Night
Badfinger
Queen
Creedance Clearwater Revival

10. Before he hanged himself, Roman Lyashenko was a Russian athlete who played which professional American sport? Hint

Basketball
Baseball
Tennis
Ice Hockey


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of these men was a British footballer (soccer) who hanged himself in 1998 and is often cited as the first openly gay athlete in the sport?

Answer: Justin Fashanu

Justin Fashanu was one of the highest paid soccer players in Britain. In 1998, while in the U.S. Fashanu was accused of sexual assault by a 17 year old boy. Justin fled home to Britain insisting the act was consensual. He hanged himself in a deserted lock-up garage.

His suicide note expressed that he thought the world had already judged him to be guilty and he did not want to embarrass his family. If only he had known the charges had been dropped.
2. Alexander McQueen, famed clothing designer that hanged himself in 2010, was the son of actor Steve McQueen.

Answer: False

There is no relation between the American actor and the British clothing designer. Alexander McQueen was a popular fashion designer whose outfits were worn by fashionistas around the world. Suffering from depression, he hanged himself in his wardrobe a week and a half after the death of his mother. He was only 40 years old.
3. Jonathan Brandis, who hanged himself at the age of 27, is probably best known for his role as Lucas Wolenczak in which futuristic television show?

Answer: seaQuest DSV

Jonathan Brandis, like many child stars, had trouble securing roles as an adult. In Steven Spielberg's "seaQuest DSV" (1993-1996) he played young genius Lucas Wolenczak. When the show ended he went on to direct several low budget, independent films and authored a couple of screenplays. Despondent that he had been unable to secure a lead role in a major motion picture, Brandis hanged himself.

He did not die until the next day.
4. Known for his baritone voice, Ian Curtis was the lead singer for which of the following British punk rock bands?

Answer: Joy Division

Ian Curtis, lead singer and guitarist for the band Joy Division was well-known for his beautiful baritone-bass voice. Ian was epileptic and in failing health. Playing on stage in front of flashing lights occasionally led to petit-mal seizures. In 1980, a break-up with his wife, a hectic schedule, and uncontrolled epilepsy may have led him to hang himself in his kitchen at the age of 23.
5. In which sport did powerful Chris Benoit, a popular Canadian athlete, participate in professionally?

Answer: Wrestling

Chris Benoit was one of the most popular professional wrestlers in North America at the time of his death in 2007. Sadly, Benoit killed both his wife and his seven year old son before hanging himself from a weight machine. In this case, an autopsy showed major brain damage from years of having his head banged, slammed and punched.

He was believed to be suffering from something similar to "Pugilists Dementia".
6. In which country was American actor David Carradine found hanging in the closet of his motel?

Answer: Thailand

While filming a movie in Bangkok, Thailand, American actor David Carradine was found hanging in the closet of the motel. It is not thought that he committed suicide, and that his death was an accident that occurred while he participated in auto-erotic asphyxiation. Sadly, the Internet was used to send photos of the scene around the world.
7. Prince Alfred of Edinburgh, a member of the British Royal family, hanged himself in Kensington Gardens in 1990.

Answer: False

Prince Alfred of Edinburgh died in 1899 after shooting himself in the head. The accounts as to what happened vary greatly. But it is known that he suffered some type of breakdown not long after a failed engagement. It is known that he suffered from syphilis which can lead to insanity.

The royal cloak of secrecy prevents the whole truth from being known. He died in a sanatorium in Austria from a self-inflicted gunshot wound when he was 24.
8. An account of which man's suicide by hanging appears in Matthew 27:3-10 of the Bible?

Answer: Judas

This passage of the Bible relays that Judas returned the silver he was paid to the local priests. It goes on to say that Judas hangs himself but does not go into detail. The silver he returned was then used to buy the first potter's field where he was subsequently buried. There are many variants of the story of the death of Judas.
9. Which early British rock group, originally called the Iveys', broke up after the hanging death of one of the members?

Answer: Badfinger

The British Band Badfinger had half a dozen hits and played with many of the big groups of the times including The Beatles. In 1975 after suffering many business problems, most of which dealt with a corrupt business manager, lead singer Pete Ham hanged himself in his garage.

The subsequent hanging death of band member Tom Evans in 1983, gave rise to rumors that the band was cursed from the start.
10. Before he hanged himself, Roman Lyashenko was a Russian athlete who played which professional American sport?

Answer: Ice Hockey

For reasons that are unknown, Roman Lyashenko hanged himself while on vacation in Turkey with his mother and his sister. Drafted 52nd overall in the 1997 National Ice Hockey League draft, Lyashenko went on to play for both the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers.
Source: Author dcpddc478

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