Vincent van Gogh might have been killed by a 16-year-old schoolboy

London, Aug 10 (ANI): Vincent van Gogh may not have committed suicide as largely believed, but may have been killed by a 16-year-old schoolboy, a new book suggests.

The mystery surrounding the Dutch painter's death has taken another twist after two experts disputed a recent biography that suggested he did not commit suicide but instead was killed by an acquaintance, the Independent reported.

Van Gogh was widely believed to have shot himself at the age of 37, even confessing it on his deathbed.

Yet Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith made the shocking claim that he had been shot, possibly accidentally, by a 16-year-old schoolboy.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors made the claim in 'Van Gogh: The Life', a 960-page biography released in October 2011.

At the time of publication, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said the theory was "dramatic" and "intriguing" but added that "plenty of questions remained unanswered."

Two research experts from the museum were set on the trail of exploring the claims, however, and have no published their findings that the shocking theory of manslaughter, or even murder, simply does not add up.

In an article in the Burlington Magazine, Louis van Tilborgh and Teio Meendendorp said the train of events suggesting suicide "is eminently defensible, both psychologically and historically".

They pointed to the nature of the bullet wound, relations with his brother Theo, as well as a letter found in his pocket - which the biography failed to cover - as helping prove his suicide. They also added that it was plausible Van Gogh wanted to commit suicide, which the biographers dispute.

Van Gogh died in 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise where he was painting the wheat fields. He sustained a gunshot injury to his abdomen while out in those fields before dying in an inn two days later. On his death bed he revealed he had shot himself. (ANI)

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