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10 Most Disturbing Shakespeare Deaths

04/22/2012 09:17 pm ET | Updated Jun 22, 2012

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, we're featuring some of our favorite archival pieces about his life and work. This one was first published in August 2011. Happy Birthday Bill!

He is known for penning some of the most beautiful romances in literary history but, when writing tragedies, Shakespeare's murderous imagination ran wild. Of the countless characters Shakespeare killed off in his work, there are some pretty gruesome deaths that definitely deserve some recognition. From smothering to stabbing, Shakespeare covered all of violent bases. Here are his most disturbing and goriest deaths!

Did we miss any disgusting ways to go? Let us know in the comments!

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