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Jacqueline Picasso, Second Wife Of Painter, Commits Suicide

October 16, 1986 GMT

CANNES, France (AP) _ Jacqueline Picasso, the second wife of the late painter Pablo Picasso, committed suicide Wednesday at her villa on the French Riviera, police said. She was 59 and had been in ill health for several years.

Police said Mrs. Picasso was found with a bullet in her head, fired from a 7.65mm pistol, at her Mougins villa. They provided no further information.

The French news agency Agence France-Presse quoted one of Mrs. Picasso’s friends as saying the Spanish painter’s widow had been depressed and said Monday that she ″preferred to end it (her life) in order to not stay like that.″


Picasso, one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, married Jacqueline Roque in 1961 when he was 79 years old and she was 35. The painter died April 8, 1973.

She was a Paris-born divorcee and former dance teacher when she met Picasso, becoming his model and companion.

The painter’s first wife, ballet dancer Olga Kokhlova, died in 1955. But the couple, married in 1918, had been separated for more than 20 years at the time of her death.