The Curious Death Of Vincent Van Gogh

Do we really know the life and death of this famous artist?
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  • BuzzFeed Unsolved Network

    BuzzFeed Unsolved Network

    9 days ago

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

  • Avery Klima

    Avery Klima

    8 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

    9 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

  • Tom Clark

    Tom Clark

    44 minutes ago

    The John dillinger conspiracy next!

  • Eri


    Hour ago

    i enjoyed this episode so much 💓

  • nunu


    Hour 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

    Hour 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

    Hour 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

    Satyendra N Doni Banerjee

    Hour ago

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

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    2 hours ago

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

  • Dr Angelo

    Dr Angelo

    2 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

    3 hours ago

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

  • Schaz Nightwalker

    Schaz Nightwalker

    5 hours ago

    The cases are getting boring

  • jennifer sier

    jennifer sier

    5 hours ago

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

  • Mathias Humlebaek

    Mathias Humlebaek

    6 hours ago

    Do a vid about the russian sleep Experiment

  • SweetScribe


    7 hours ago

    Could he have been robbed?

  • Molly Davis

    Molly Davis

    8 hours ago

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

  • Irah Camid

    Irah Camid

    8 hours ago

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

  • shay cuarz

    shay cuarz

    8 hours 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

    8 hours ago

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

  • John Somfleth

    John Somfleth

    8 hours ago

    You guys should do the “Suicide” of Kurt Cobain

  • i’m on crack

    i’m on crack

    9 hours ago

    ( *wheeze* )

  • Maria Uribe

    Maria Uribe

    11 hours ago

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

  • Kiarelys Laboy

    Kiarelys Laboy

    11 hours ago

    Ryan and Shane should do a episode on marilyn monroe

  • lena


    12 hours ago

    his whole story is so sad tho :/

  • Jessie’s Craft Room

    Jessie’s Craft Room

    13 hours ago

    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

    13 hours ago

    You guys should do Maurice ward or Jan sloot

  • OnePeachy Unicorn22

    OnePeachy Unicorn22

    14 hours ago

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

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    c j

    14 hours ago

    PLEASE cover the death of Kurt Cobain!

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    15 hours ago


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    Mac Stark

    15 hours ago

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

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    Rachel Silverstein

    15 hours ago


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    15 hours ago

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

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    jongup guppie

    15 hours ago


  • The Dark Lord Cthulhu

    The Dark Lord Cthulhu

    16 hours ago

    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

    Zen The Nerd Gamer

    16 hours ago

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

  • Itsa_Ian


    16 hours 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

    Not Giving My Real Name

    16 hours ago

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

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    Zen The Nerd Gamer

    16 hours ago

    3:09 Thats what HE said

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    Hugh Mongous

    16 hours ago

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

  • KaosDaGodd


    16 hours ago

    This season flue by

  • Random Rose

    Random Rose

    17 hours ago

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

  • Lauren Hood

    Lauren Hood

    17 hours ago

    Season 6 : The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann

  • sy snootles

    sy snootles

    17 hours 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

    17 hours ago

    (soft patting)

  • Colette Sieder

    Colette Sieder

    18 hours ago

    16:34 - 17:15 YESS

  • Colette Sieder

    Colette Sieder

    18 hours ago

    15:40 - 16:02 is my everything

  • PeaceMinusOne


    18 hours ago


  • Angela Garreffa

    Angela Garreffa

    18 hours ago

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



    18 hours ago

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

  • Audacious Pete

    Audacious Pete

    18 hours ago

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

  • ace


    19 hours 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

    Nicholas Patnaude

    19 hours ago

    Can you do the Springfield 3

  • Queen Weirdo

    Queen Weirdo

    19 hours ago

    that manniquen in the back really scares me

  • Art with Miel

    Art with Miel

    20 hours ago

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

  • Gabriel L

    Gabriel L

    20 hours 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


    20 hours ago

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

  • trash y

    trash y

    20 hours 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


    20 hours ago

    10:35 honestly a mood

  • vaze


    20 hours ago

    Please do the devils tramping ground

  • Linus Fransson

    Linus Fransson

    21 hour 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

    21 hour ago

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

  • Liv Smith

    Liv Smith

    21 hour ago

    wait why does vincent look like benedryl comderdatch in the thumbnail

  • Midnight 9

    Midnight 9

    21 hour ago

    Lmao bully boy

  • Somi Zingkhai

    Somi Zingkhai

    22 hours 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

    22 hours ago

    Man van gogh ain't no snitch 😂

  • paloma mendez

    paloma mendez

    23 hours ago

    Can you guys talk about the Colmenares caseeeeee pleaseeeeeee

  • The Vintagette Boy

    The Vintagette Boy

    23 hours ago

    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


    23 hours 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


    23 hours ago

    18:55 shane almost said clownboy. yeehonk

  • Nikki


    23 hours ago


  • John Doe

    John Doe

    23 hours ago

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

  • RaeShelle Delvalle

    RaeShelle Delvalle

    23 hours ago

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

  • beesknees


    Day ago

    "Vincent had Theo Theo died alone that day"

  • 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


    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

    Well it’s me Nathalie

    Day ago

    *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


    Day ago

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

  • parknochuism


    Day ago

    in england we can start apprenticeships at 16..

  • kasey kasey

    kasey kasey

    Day ago

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

  • 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


    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

  • MLBB Eviscerator

    MLBB Eviscerator

    Day ago


  • Zenavesta


    Day ago

    Germany still practices Apprenticeships too

  • Ty Bell-fraser

    Ty Bell-fraser

    Day ago

    Can we get a Kurt cobain one

  • The Tears of Jungkook

    The Tears of Jungkook

    Day ago

    Lol why is benedict cumberpatch in the thumbnail

  • Eflowed Leinad

    Eflowed Leinad

    Day ago

    Aw man, this makes me sad.

  • Hopkins P.

    Hopkins P.

    Day ago

    I am not a 100% sure but I think he cut his ear after a fight with his friend as an apology for nearly stabing him.

  • Blubber Fish arts

    Blubber Fish arts

    Day ago

    Omh please do Edgar Allen po

  • Blubber Fish arts

    Blubber Fish arts

    Day ago

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

  • Assistance Dog Eiji

    Assistance Dog Eiji

    Day ago

    Please do a vidoe about Edgar Allen Poe!

  • uhadme


    Day ago

    his lover cut off his ear, would have been deported if that fact was known.. so he claimed to have done it himself. that is your murderer.

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