Vincent van Gogh did not kill himself

Vincent van Gogh did not kill himself

A new theory on the death of Vincent Van Gogh has emerged: that he did not commit suicide and was in fact shot.

Contrary to popular belief, it was more likely he was shot accidentally by two boys he knew who had “a malfunctioning gun”, reported the BBC.

Dutch master Van Gogh died in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, in 1890 aged 37.

Van Gogh: The Life, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, suggests that the most likely cause of Van Gogh’s death is at the hands of a third party, believed to be a local boy.

The authors came to their conclusion after 10 years of study with more than 20 translators and researchers.

They said thousands of previously untranslated letters written by the artist were among documents studied to create a research database containing 28,000 notes.

The new theory that Vincent van Gogh has not committed suicide, is not properly substantiated, said curator Leo Jansen of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam Monday.

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