The Curious Death Of Vincent Van Gogh

  • Published on May 10, 2019
  • Do we really know the life and death of this famous artist?
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Comments • 9 608

  • BuzzFeed Unsolved Network
    BuzzFeed Unsolved Network  10 days ago +4644

    Make sure to leave your questions for our Post Mortem episode down below!

    • Avery Klima
      Avery Klima 9 days ago

      Thoughts on Edgar Allen Poe’s death?? I say it’s rabies.

    • Rory The Dinosaur
      Rory The Dinosaur 9 days ago

      Did u get Timmy’s ball back?

    • Zali Rose
      Zali Rose 10 days ago

      For Post Mortem - I'm just spitballin' here, but is it possible that Theo killed Vincent?
      Theo said Vincent had stated that if he ever became a nuisance or burden, he would kill himself (and it's likely Theo, as Vincents brother and closest friend, would've seen his dismay when he told him about his business plans) - but Vincent himself had said he frowned upon suicide and would never commit such an act... It doesn't add up. What if Theo was lying to cover up his crime?
      It's clear Vinny boy had one or more mental illnesses, and it's common for mental illnesses to run in families. It's a stretch, but what if Theo also had similar illnesses and was just high-functioning?
      He'd just become a father and had plans to start his own business. Both of those things are a lot to handle on their own, emotionally and financially, but he was also financially supporting his older brother and realistically there didn't seem to be an end in sight. If you add an unstable mental state into this equation, it could be plausible that either Theo hired someone to kill Vincent and dispose of his belongings, or that Theo killed Vincent himself.
      This would explain the distance between Vincent and the gun, why they couldn't tie a gun to Vincent, but most importantly it explains why Vincent claimed it was suicide - he was protecting his little brother.
      I would love to hear your take on this theory! #postmortem

  • Betty Page-Crocker
    Betty Page-Crocker 16 hours ago

    I think he had someone do it or it was accidental!

  • fka-eros
    fka-eros 16 hours ago

    Do an Unsolved on Venus Xtravaganza. Famous for being in the documentary Paris is Burning. showing life and struggles of Ballroom Culture and the black and Latino LGBTQI community.
    She was murdered in the 80s and it's still unsolved. The police tried claiming a "John" (men who seek prostitutes and escorts) murdered her but a lot of people have reason to believe that it was a Cop or a killer who deliberately target trans women and prostitutes. The reason why it's not major news is because back then LGBT people were discriminated alot more harshly than today and people used the HIV and Aids outbreak as justification for violence and murder
    I think it would be great for you guys to use your platform to do a story on her and her legacy. Especially considering that Transwoman today still are being murdered for simply existing

  • Avlin Starfall
    Avlin Starfall 16 hours ago

    Could you cover the death of Venus Xtravaganza? Her death is a complete mystery.

  • panggop jio
    panggop jio 16 hours ago

    I hope his innocent soul rests in peace:(

  • Alexandra Goss
    Alexandra Goss 17 hours ago

    Please, someone at Buzzfeed, please steal the mannequin in the back that always shows up behind Shane's head

  • Johnny Knoxville
    Johnny Knoxville 17 hours ago

    I did it

  • Drew Hedrick
    Drew Hedrick 17 hours ago +1

    Every Buzzfeed Unsolved Video Ever- We have evidence and a motive for this murder
    Viewers- So it’s solved?
    Ryan and Shane- Well yes, but actually no

  • Tom Clark
    Tom Clark 18 hours ago

    The John dillinger conspiracy next!

  • Eri
    Eri 19 hours ago

    i enjoyed this episode so much 💓

  • nunu
    nunu 19 hours ago

    the best art ive made came when i was in a dark place. i dont know why but the portraits just come out differently - the skill is from intense emotions and its really therapeutic.

  • Colin Macc
    Colin Macc 19 hours ago

    Maybe it was somebody he payed too kill him? He gave his ear to a sex worker maybe he made a sex worker shoot him.

  • Lana Hill
    Lana Hill 19 hours ago

    Why do they say his name like that? It's not Van Gō it's more like Van Gogh like in hot

  • Satyendra N Doni Banerjee

    Can you cover the death of The Adventurers Of Superman actor George Reeves ?

  • Lokeii
    Lokeii 20 hours ago

    Ryan: talks about Billy's ball
    New Subscribers: 👁○👁 ???

  • Dr Angelo
    Dr Angelo 20 hours ago

    Hi everyone, i am new here and im thinking of making a request. You guys know the amityville house, can we request them to stay in that house for 30 days. Prove that the demon is still lurking there. I dont know, maybe it requires lots of time, but it might be worth it. They never captured solid evidence that could prove the demon's existence anyway.

  • Love Hate Tragedy82
    Love Hate Tragedy82 21 hour ago

    Whatever happened to Ruining History? Anymore seasons of that coming?

  • Schaz Nightwalker
    Schaz Nightwalker 23 hours ago

    The cases are getting boring

  • jennifer sier
    jennifer sier 23 hours ago

    ugh I'm so annoyed with the way they pronounce Gogh

  • Mathias Humlebaek

    Do a vid about the russian sleep Experiment

  • SweetScribe
    SweetScribe Day ago

    Could he have been robbed?

  • Molly Davis
    Molly Davis Day ago

    i bet that he gave someone his art supplies and in return they’d shoot him

  • Irah Camid
    Irah Camid Day ago

    i would love if they would tackle on the execution of the romanov family

  • shay cuarz
    shay cuarz Day ago

    I hope his innocent soul rests in peace:(

  • S O E F I A H H
    S O E F I A H H Day ago

    That one person in the 19th century.: Bro my boy vin vin should famous

  • John Somfleth
    John Somfleth Day ago

    You guys should do the “Suicide” of Kurt Cobain

  • i’m on crack
    i’m on crack Day ago

    ( *wheeze* )

  • Maria Uribe
    Maria Uribe Day ago

    You should’ve done a video on the colmenares case. It’s pretty interesting.

  • Kiarelys Laboy
    Kiarelys Laboy Day ago

    Ryan and Shane should do a episode on marilyn monroe

  • lena
    lena Day ago

    his whole story is so sad tho :/

  • Jessie’s Craft Room

    I think you guys are forgetting that people in the 1800s lived for like a lot less time then they do now. Probably like 50 or 60 years...

  • Brandon Jim
    Brandon Jim Day ago

    You guys should do Maurice ward or Jan sloot

  • OnePeachy Unicorn22

    You should do the story of the Egyptian actor soaad Hosny, That'll be real interesting!

  • c j
    c j Day ago +2

    PLEASE cover the death of Kurt Cobain!

  • Riss -
    Riss - Day ago


  • Mac Stark
    Mac Stark Day ago

    That awkward moment when you realize that you have been watching UNSOLVED for a longer than you have spent on any work.

  • Rachel Silverstein


  • hyo__ja
    hyo__ja Day ago

    15:54 the smallest "look at the tears!" ive ever heard

  • jongup guppie
    jongup guppie Day ago


  • The Dark Lord Cthulhu

    I started watching this then realized it was buzzfeed and I can’t take it seriously as their credibility is non-existent

  • Zen The Nerd Gamer

    I buy the 2cd theory. It makes so much more sense. I think they actually solved a case😱

  • Itsa_Ian
    Itsa_Ian Day ago

    But... didn’t he have a conflict with one of his comrades, leading to the severing of his ear after a fight

  • Not Giving My Real Name

    this week on buzzfeed unsolved we investigate the planet as part of our ongoing investigation into the question, is the earth flat?

  • Zen The Nerd Gamer

    3:09 Thats what HE said

  • Hugh Mongous
    Hugh Mongous Day ago

    will they keep making more seasons to unsolved? these episodes are the only thing keeping me sane

  • KaosDaGodd
    KaosDaGodd Day ago

    This season flue by

  • Random Rose
    Random Rose Day ago

    Vans did a Van Gogh collection and I have the almond blossom ones

  • Lauren Hood
    Lauren Hood Day ago

    Season 6 :
    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

  • sy snootles
    sy snootles Day ago

    #roastmortem Ryan tried to make his hair as tall as possible to see if he could reach Shane's height. Unfortunately, Shane saw right through this scheme & made his hair even taller, reaching impossible heights. When will little Ryan reach the stars? #loveyouryan #letryanbetall

  • Kitty Jia
    Kitty Jia Day ago

    (soft patting)

  • Colette Sieder
    Colette Sieder Day ago

    16:34 - 17:15 YESS

  • Colette Sieder
    Colette Sieder Day ago

    15:40 - 16:02 is my everything

  • PeaceMinusOne
    PeaceMinusOne Day ago


  • Angela Garreffa
    Angela Garreffa Day ago

    I had heard he was covering for a friend because they had an illegal duel over a woman.

    MORGAN LUCAS Day ago

    "Oh yea, getting shots in the plans today"
    I died

  • Audacious Pete
    Audacious Pete Day ago

    I hated everything buzzfeed ever made, except this, you guys are alright.

  • ace
    ace Day ago

    I think that it could've been a mugging or some kind of cover up. Vincent always had mental health issues and one time in the institution he was so confused he ate some of his oil paints. so maybe he was mugged and shot and then became confused and just said that he shot himself. or maybe one of his friends shot him (he didn't always get along with Gauguin and there are some theories that Gauguin cut Vincent's ear off and Vincent covered it up because he didn't want his friend to be in trouble) and he covered it up by saying his shot himself.

  • Nicholas Patnaude

    Can you do the Springfield 3

  • Queen Weirdo
    Queen Weirdo Day ago

    that manniquen in the back really scares me

  • Art with Miel
    Art with Miel Day ago +1

    please go to Manteno State Hospital (the psych ward and tuberculosis hospital)

  • Gabriel L
    Gabriel L Day ago

    Dude that'd be so fucked if Vincent's brother killed him for his paintings (as they were good!) And the innkeeper was in on it!!

  • Movy1011
    Movy1011 Day ago

    when are you guys gonna be back with your Supernatural episodes?

  • trash y
    trash y Day ago

    *Since you didn’t say it, there are actually two rumors. One, that his asylum room had a window and that’s how he painted starry night. Two, his room had no window and he painted from memory and imagination.*

  • BlackBlossoms
    BlackBlossoms Day ago

    10:35 honestly a mood

  • vaze
    vaze Day ago

    Please do the devils tramping ground

  • Linus Fransson
    Linus Fransson Day ago

    There is a famous robbery in sweden where a helicopter landed on the roof of a building. The criminals went in and later left with something like 4 000 000 €. The case is still unsolved and when you look in to the story it gets quite interesting. In swedish newspapers this case is called "hellikopterrånet" (helicopterrobbery)

  • Adam Rasmussen
    Adam Rasmussen Day ago

    Imagine doing all this work and then not looking up how to pronounce van Gogh.

  • Liv Smith
    Liv Smith Day ago

    wait why does vincent look like benedryl comderdatch in the thumbnail

  • Midnight 9
    Midnight 9 Day ago

    Lmao bully boy

  • Somi Zingkhai
    Somi Zingkhai Day ago

    When I was 9 I remembered the teacher saying van gough cut off his ear for his cousin Kate. They probably lied.

  • jim theo
    jim theo Day ago

    Man van gogh ain't no snitch 😂

  • paloma mendez
    paloma mendez Day ago

    Can you guys talk about the Colmenares caseeeeee pleaseeeeeee

  • The Vintagette Boy

    Fun fact, Van Gogh may have NOT cut off his own ear, instead, his lover Paul Gauguin did during argument. The two were both alcoholics and abusive towards each other, Paul could have threatened Vincent with a knife during a drunken rage and sliced off the tip of his ear. There is no evidence to prove that Vincent ever sent the ear to the prostitute, or that he was even in contact with her at the time. Paul and Vincent continued their relationship even after the event. The portrait of Van Gogh with the bandage over his ear was in fact a gift for Paul, when they were living separately they would exchange self portraits as presents (Gauguin was also a painter). Van Gogh took the blame for his injury, telling people that he did it during a mental breakdown to insure that Paul did not get prosecuted, as they did have a deep love for each other, despite how her vile dysfunctional the relationship was. The story of how he cut off his own ear is merely a romanticized myth to cover up an abusive relationship and to escape prison time.

  • Phoebe5448
    Phoebe5448 Day ago

    Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
    Don McLean
    Starry starry night
    Paint your palette blue and gray
    Look out on a summer's day
    With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
    Shadows on the hills
    Sketch the trees and the daffodils
    Catch the breeze and the winter chills
    In colors on the snowy linen land
    Now I understand
    What you tried to say to me
    How you suffered for your sanity
    How you tried to set them free
    They would not listen they did not know how
    Perhaps they'll listen now
    Starry starry night
    Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
    Swirling clouds in violet haze
    Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
    Colors changing hue
    Morning fields of amber grain
    Weathered faces lined in pain
    Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand
    Now I understand
    What you tried to say to me
    How you suffered for your sanity
    How you tried to set them free
    They would not listen, they did not know how
    Perhaps they'll listen now
    For they could not love you
    But still your love was true
    And when no hope was left inside
    On that starry starry night
    You took your life as lovers often do
    But I could have told you Vincent
    This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you
    Starry starry night
    Portraits hung in empty halls
    Frameless heads on nameless walls
    With eyes that watch the world and can't forget
    Like the strangers that you've met
    The ragged men in ragged clothes
    The silver thorn of bloody rose
    Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow
    Now I think I know
    What you tried to say to me
    How you suffered for your sanity
    How you tried to set them free
    They did not listen, they're not listening still
    Perhaps they never wil

  • axel
    axel Day ago

    18:55 shane almost said clownboy. yeehonk

  • Nikki
    Nikki Day ago


  • John Doe
    John Doe Day ago

    Vincent Van Gogh faked his death and is still alive. Proof below.

  • RaeShelle Delvalle

    I love that awkward pat on the shoulder lol 😂😂😂

  • beesknees
    beesknees Day ago

    "Vincent had Theo

    Theo died alone that day"

  • Marts
    Marts Day ago

    Poor Van Gogh. The man was shunned and bullied just because he was different but all he wanted was to pursue what he loved and give joy back to others! And maybe somehow support himself through that but couldn't. Kudos to him for following his heart and still being kind, humble towards others. I can seriously relate to that as a artist, I know it's a very difficult line of work to go into thus why I stopped going for that dream but still draw on the sideline for myself. The sad truth is we as humans tend to fear of what we don't understand. Van Gogh was different in many colors and shapes but he wasn't bad, he still kept his head up high and walked the distance. Searched for what his purpose was in life while doing what he loved even though people saw him as strange or crazy. I did not know much about Gogh as a child just knew what he was famous for but now watching this I will research more about this wonderful amazing man and other famous artist.

  • Kauezito
    Kauezito Day ago

    I think vincent told the kids to shoot him to finish his art so the blood would go on the paintings finishing them

  • Laurel Bellando
    Laurel Bellando Day ago

    If anyone’s interested in this story more in depth, the movie “ at eternity’s gate” came out earlier this year and is the story of Van Gogh from his point of view

  • Mason Grady
    Mason Grady Day ago

    Do Kurt Cobain next!!

  • Well it’s me Nathalie

    *Can you do an episode of my pizza? It went missing this morning*

  • Ms. Moonchild
    Ms. Moonchild Day ago

    Oml jack warner 😂😂

  • hen ko
    hen ko Day ago

    For me I never believed it was a suicide nor did I think he actually cut his ear off.... Anybody else?

  • Nina Ahgase
    Nina Ahgase Day ago

    i’m crying right now 😢

  • meeta
    meeta Day ago

    why tf does van gogh look like burndict cucumberbatch in the thumbnail

  • parknochuism
    parknochuism Day ago

    in england we can start apprenticeships at 16..

  • kasey kasey
    kasey kasey Day ago +1

    Next video will legit be a true crime investigation on how James Charles’ career was murdered

  • SuicidalNerd
    SuicidalNerd Day ago

    Only thing keeping buzzfeed alive

  • taekook vibes
    taekook vibes Day ago

    taehyung (somehow) is gonna watch this

  • Kirby’s Curio
    Kirby’s Curio Day ago

    #postmortum #betterlatethennever. When I was watching this with my fiancé, it hit me that the photo of Vincent looks strikingly like Nick Groff from Paranormal Lockdown. Lol!

  • KiLLiaN MuSiC
    KiLLiaN MuSiC Day ago

    Could you make this a podcast? I think it would amazing

  • Jet
    Jet Day ago

    15:53 I'm laughing so hard I've been crying for a week

  • JJ Ryan
    JJ Ryan Day ago

    has there evr been a mystery tht HAS been solved on here???????? lol

  • Dominic Riccio
    Dominic Riccio Day ago

    I think it’s an xxxtentacion thing where he wanted to kill himself but hated the idea of self harm. Maybe he asked someone to kill him or got murdered and saw it as a good thing and didn’t want the person that shot him to get introuble

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  • Zenavesta
    Zenavesta Day ago

    Germany still practices Apprenticeships too

  • Ty Bell-fraser
    Ty Bell-fraser Day ago

    Can we get a Kurt cobain one