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Hemingway Death Certificate Doesn't Specify Whether a Suicide or Not

Aug. 1, 1961 - The death certificate concerning Ernest Hemingway (pictured in 1935) was filed in Ketchum, Idaho today. It said the author had died of "a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head." Blaine County Coroner Ray McGoldrick said he had left blank the space that would have shown whether the death was an accident or a suicide. Mr. Hemingway's body was found July 2 in a foyer off the living room of his Ketchum hunting lodge. He had been killed by a blast from both barrels of one of his favorite shotguns. The Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author was an expert in firearms.


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