Heath Ledger could be the latest star to have died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Ledger was taking anti-depressants as well as the “dangerous drug” Ambien at the time of his death, although his autopsy today was inconclusive. While most celebrity drug deaths have been the result of either suicide or the use of illegal drugs, a surprising number of stars have died by accident — from medications you can purchase at the corner pharmacy. Here are 12 of the most famous:

marilyn monroe sleeping pills

1. MARILYN MONROE. Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind” died from an overdose of sleeping pills — specifically, Nembutal and chloral hydrate [pictured]. Although Monroe’s death was officially listed as a suicide in 1962, many forensic experts and investigators now say the overdose was more likely to have been accidental.

Elvis Presley prescription drug overdose

2. ELVIS PRESLEY. Perhaps the most famous prescription-drug abuser of all time, Elvis died in 1977 from an overdose of medications while on the toilet in his Graceland mansion. Presley’s ex-wife wrote: “Presley was taking Placidyls [pictured] to combat severe insomnia in ever increasing doses and later took Dexedrine to counter the sleeping pills’ after effects.” Presley’s personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, concluded: “Elvis’s problem was that he didn’t see the wrong in it. He felt that by getting [pills] from a doctor, he wasn’t the common everyday junkie…”

Judy Garland Seconal accidental prescription drug overdose

3. JUDY GARLAND. The Wizard of Oz star was found dead in her London bathroom by her husband in 1969. Coroner Gavin Thursdon said the cause of death was an accidental overdose of Seconal [pictured].

Howard Hughes accidental prescription drug overdose

4. HOWARD HUGHES. The germophobic genius and subject of Martin Scorcese’s The Aviator died in 1976 in route to a Houston hospital from his Acalpulco estate. Although the official cause of death was liver failure, his autopsy showed lethal amounts of codeine and valium [pictured] in his system.

Anna Nicole Smith Howard accidental prescription drug overdose

5. ANNA NICOLE SMITH. According to Wikipedia, “Ultimately her death [in 2007] was ruled an accidental drug overdose of the sedative chloral hydrate that became increasingly lethal when combined with other prescription drugs in her system, specifically 4 benzodiazepines: Klonopin (Clonazepam), Ativan (Lorazepam), Serax (Oxazepam), and Valium (Diazepam). Furthermore, she had taken Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) and Topamax (Toprimate), an anticonvulsant GABA agonist, which likely contributed to the sedative effect of chloral hydrate and the benzodiazepines.”

Dorothy Dandridge accidental prescription drug overdose

6. DOROTHY DANDRIDGE. The first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, Dandridge was found dead in West Hollywood in 1965 from an overdose of Imipramine [pictured], a tricyclic antidepressant. It’s believed she improperly combined the medication — which she took for her bipolar disorder — with pain medication she received after breaking an ankle.

Dana Plato accidental prescription drug overdose

7. DANA PLATO. The long-troubled Diff’rent Strokes star died from an accidental overdose of Vanadom [pictured] and Vicodin at her mother-in-law’s Oklahoma home in 1999.

Keith Moon accidental prescription drug overdose

8. KEITH MOON. The Who drummer died in 1978 from an accidental overdose of Heminevrin [pictured], a medication taken as part of a program to wean him off alcohol.

Rob Pilatus accidental prescription drug overdose

9. ROB PILATUS. The Milli Vanilli star, disgraced after the public learned the music duo did not actually sing on its hit records, died in 1998 of an accidental overdose of a medication (reportedly methadone [pictured]) designed to help him with drug withdrawal symptons.

Robert Walker Drug Death - accidental prescription drug overdose

10. ROBERT WALKER. Perhaps the most bizarre accidental prescription-drug death. The star of Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train died mysteriously in 1951 after being given an injection of the “truth serum” sodium amytal [pictured] by psychiatrists at his home.

Nick Drake Drug Death - accidental prescription drug overdose

11. NICK DRAKE. The influential singer-songwriter died at his childhood home in the U.K. in 1974 from an accidental overdose of the antidepressant amitriptyline [pictured].

Paige Summers prescription drug death - accidental prescription drug overdose

12. PAIGE SUMMERS. The 1998 Penthouse Pet of the Year was found dead in her fiance’s home in 2003 from a combination of the painkillers codeine and oxycodone. Her death may or may not have been an accident; some have pointed a finger at fiance Bracey Bobbitt — who was a pharmacist.

56 Responses to 12 accidental celebrity deaths — and the prescription drugs that caused them

  1. tom says:

    Where is Jimi Hendrix? He also died of an accidental overdose. Also Nick Drake is commonly known to have commited suicide so…doesnt quite fit the accidental title.

  2. Me says:

    shouldnt heath ledger be added to this list?

  3. Un-named says:

    I should be dead

  4. Cary Byrd says:

    Hendrix could be included, since he took sleeping pills the night he died. But he was also drunk and died by choking on his own vomit.

  5. Cary Byrd says:

    Oh, and most accounts say Drake’s death was accidental — although with drug overdoses, it’s hard to know for sure. Many would think Dana Plato and Rob Pilatus were suicides too.

  6. jeff says:

    Heath Ledger died at age 28 as a result of “acute intoxication by the combined effects” of the drugs oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazepam, alprazolam and doxylamine. Sad and tragic.

  7. Rob Boyd says:

    Drugs I love them and hate them. Who knows when you decide to take an xtra 1/2 of a val its going to punch your ticket.

  8. Nameless says:

    Marilyn Monroe’s death wasn’t accidental. I know this for sure because I killed her. I’m serious.

  9. stephanie says:

    elton johns ‘candle in the wind’ was written for princess diana, not for marilyn monroe.

  10. Angela says:

    Ambien (zolpidem) was not found in Heath Ledger’s toxicology report.

  11. 7leads says:

    All these people are sad…think of the other millions of addicts you don’t read about.

  12. Rob says:

    Stephanie, Elton John’s original Candle in the Wind was recorded for Marilyn Monroe. He wrote a new version for Princess Diana after her death.

  13. andy says:

    Elton wrote Candle In the Wind for Marilyn first – it was later changed for Dianas funeral.

  14. Tententwo says:

    Here’s another: Socrates -> hemlock.

  15. Cary Byrd says:

    Re: Candle in the Wind. It was originally written about Marilyn. He updated it when Diana died.

  16. k says:

    stephanie, by ur comment “candle in the wind” written for Princess diana. Cary Byrd is right it was written for Marilyn. Sad but true i remember the release of this song. The truth be told most of these “accidental overdoses” are usually pills washed down with booze.

  17. RateMyWalrus.com says:

    Yummy pills, mmmm.

  18. carolyn says:

    candle in the wind was written for marilyn…….diana’s song was called “goodbye england’s rose” different lyrics, same music (tune)

  19. anonymous says:

    “Candle in the Wind” was originally written for Marilyn Monroe and later adapted for Princess Diana. hence the last verse “..Goodbye Norma Jean From the young man in the 22nd row Who sees you as something as more than sexual More than just our Marilyn Monroe”

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  21. jessica says:

    i miss heath

  22. phantomwicca says:

    Stephanie, Candle In The Wind was originally written for Marilyn Monroe. When Princess Diana died, he re-wrote it for her. Listen to the original. ” Goodbye Norma Jean…” That was Monroe’s real name.

  23. Jim says:

    Heath Ledger is mentioned in the opening line, giving the motivation for the list.

  24. Where is heath ledger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    what about jimi hendrix!!!!!!!!!!!
    heath was in dark night how can you people forget!!!!!!!!!

  25. ali says:

    where’s Bruce Lee a Master of Martial Arts , whose impact also was felt in the industry of film and movie, followed also his son Brandon lee ,call it strange circumstances or drug misuse

  26. Katrina says:

    Ok ok we get it, so what if “Candle In The Wind” was written for Norma Jean aka Marilyn Monroe… what I find amazing is that Anna Nichole Smith over dosed on the SAME EXACT pills as Marilyn Monroe.. And the females ALMOST looked like sisters.. And what is up with Smith’s obsession with Monroe?? Kinda creepy if you ask me.

  27. Ilike2touchmyself says:

    ali… Bruce Lee died from a swollen brain problem and Brandon died from an accidental shooting. Either were drug related. dum ass

  28. YOYOYO!!!! says:

    These people need to get lives. there so stupid

  29. Sam says:

    I think you mean NEITHER. Dum ass!

  30. JackJoe says:

    um… not to be rude, burt this article was in response to Heath’s death, and is mentioned in the first few lines of the article. guess you were just flipping thru the pictures, eh?

  31. Dink says:

    M.A.R.C.S. knows no boundries; M.A.R.C.S. doesn’t discriminate.
    Don’t Hate
    In Memory of those gone
    The Victims of M.A.R.C.S. (2007)

  32. 2L8 says:

    heath ledger??!! why doesnt anyone talk about Brad Renfro who died a few days earlier?

  33. Dink says:

    M.A.R.C.S. is an acronym for ; Murder, Abuse Rape, Chronical Illness, Suicide I have been helping to bury victims of these incidents by selling t-shirts, poetry, books that I have written. The worst part of these is the innocent victims left behind; children. Hope you will buy books, poetry, or t-shirts in memory of a loved one. Carol Frieszell aka Dink

  34. satan says:

    never woulda happened if they stuck to the ganja

  35. allllllie and dalyeee says:

    um WHAT? dalye is weard shes also cooooool. lol. field day is on the 26th of Mayyyy… ::))

  36. Brandy says:

    Candle in the wind was originally for Marylin Monroe and then after Princess Diana died he remade it for her.

  37. snapper says:

    ALL SOULD BE LOVED ..DEAHT COMES TO US ALL GOD PICKS AMEN

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  39. logan says:

    You forgot the most well-known to me who died from this….RIVER PHOENIX….

  40. Johnny says:

    Dorothy Dandridge was not the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award, Butterfly McQueen was, for her role in “Gone With the Wind.” And YOYOYO, I wouldn’t call people stupid when you don’t know the difference between “there”and “they’re.”

  41. Just Me says:

    Ok! We know Candle in the Wind was for Monroe. Amen Snapper. Don’t glorify the stars who od’ed, remember them and pray for those- famous or not -who are struggling with thier own demons

  42. aes says:

    wrestling promoter, heart complications brought on by drug abuse.
    Nick Adams (36) – actor, drug overdose.
    Stuart Adamson – musician, Big Country, self-asphyxiation under the influence of alcohol.
    Kerry Gene Adkisson (33) – professional wrestler, suicide, after arrest for cocaine possession and drug problems.
    Michael Brent Adkisson (23) – professional wrestler, suicide, overdosed on tranquilizers.
    RyÅ«nosuke Akutagawa (35) – writer, committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates.
    Dennis Allen – infamous drug dealer, drug induced heart failure.
    GG Allin (36) – punk musician, heroin overdose.
    Bridgette Andersen (21) former child actress, alcohol and heroin overdose.
    Pier Angeli (39) Italian-born actress, died of anaphylactic shock after being given a tranquilizer by her doctor.
    Matthew Ansara – actor and bodybuilder, heroin overdose.
    Chris Antley – champion horse-racing jockey, drug-related causes.
    West Arkeen – musician, drug overdose.
    Howard Arkley – painter, drug overdose.
    Kevyn Aucoin – photographer & make-up artist, kidney and liver failure due to Tylenol toxicity, due to prescription painkillers addiction.

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    Chet Baker (58) – jazz trumpeter and singer.
    Florence Ballard (32) – musician, The Supremes, cardiac arrest strongly exacerbated by long-term drug abuse.
    Lester Bangs (33) – musician, writer, overdose of painkillers, possibly accidental.
    Jean-Michel Basquiat (27) – painter, heroin overdose.
    Scotty Beckett (38) – American former child actor, suicide, barbiturate overdose.
    Steve Bechler – Major League Baseball pitcher, after using the drug ephedra.
    John Belushi (33) – of the Blues Brothers, actor, and comedian, heroin and cocaine overdose (speedball).
    Wes Berggren – musician, Tripping Daisy.
    George Best (59) – ex-footballer with Manchester United, multiple organ failure exacerbated by chronic long-standing alcoholism.
    Leah Betts (18) – schoolgirl, ecstasy related.
    Len Bias (22) – basketball star; died of cocaine overdose before ever playing in the NBA.
    Bam Bam Bigelow (45) – professional wrestler, toxic levels of cocaine and temazepam.
    Count Gottfried von Bismarck (44) – Aristocrat, suspected drug overdose.
    Mike Bloomfield (36) – blues guitarist, heroin overdose.
    Tommy Bolin (25) – musician, Deep Purple, drugs overdose and/or alcohol poisoning.
    John Bonham (32) – musician Led Zeppelin, alcohol related asphyxiation caused by choking on his own vomit.
    Christopher Bowman (40) – former professional ice skater, possible prescription drug overdose.
    Elisa Bridges (29) – model, acute intoxication – combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam.
    Erik Brødreskift (30) – musician, Borknagar,Gorgoroth,and Immortal, suicide – pill overdose.
    Lenny Bruce (40) – comedian, morphine overdose.
    Tim Buckley (28) – rock and roll musician, heroin overdose.
    Chad Butler (aka “Pimp C”) – rap musician, accidental overdose of Promethazine/Codeine “syrup” mixed with a pre-existing medical condition, sleep apnea[1][2].
    Paul Butterfield (44) – musician, drug and alcohol overdose.

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    Andr̩s Caicedo (25) Рwriter, drug overdose, possibly suicide.
    Toy Caldwell – musician, Marshall Tucker Band.
    Casey Calvert – guitarist of Hawthorne Heights, accidental drug overdose through mixture of opiates, citalopram, and clonazepam.
    Ken Caminiti (41) – former Major League Baseball player; acute cocaine and opiates intoxication.
    Max Cantor – journalist, actor, heroin overdose, he became an addict while researching addicts in New York.
    Truman Capote (59) – writer, liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication.
    Sonny Clark – musician, hard bop pianist, heroin overdose.
    Steve Clark (30) – musician, Def Leppard, accidential death (anti-depressants, painkillers and alcohol).
    Montgomery Clift – actor, heart attack due to severe alcoholism and drug abuse.
    Kurt Cobain (27) – musician, Nirvana, alleged suicide by gunshot after heroin overdose.
    Natasha Collins (31) – actress – cocaine overdose.
    Brian Cole – musician, the Association, heroin overdose.
    Brian Connolly – musician, Sweet, liver damage caused by long-term substance abuse and chronic alcoholism.
    Megan Connolly (27) – actress, heroin overdose.
    Pamela Courson – common law wife of Jim Morrison of The Doors, heroin overdose.
    Carl Crack (30) – musician, Atari Teenage Riot, drug overdose.
    Darby Crash (22) – punk musician, of The Germs, suicide by heroin overdose.
    Robbin Crosby (42) – musician, ex-Ratt, contracted HIV as a result of long-time heroin addiction and died of a heroin overdose.

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    Dalida (54) – singer, suicide, barbiturates overdose (sleeping pills).
    Dorothy Dandridge (42) – actress, singer, anti-depressant overdose.
    Jesse Ed Davis (43) – guitarist, session musician, drug overdose.
    Paul Demayo (38) – professional bodybuilder, heroin overdose.
    Teri Diver (29) – pornographic actress, cardiac arrest caused by overdose of migraine medication.
    DJ Screw (29) – musician, heart attack thought to be result of codeine overdose.
    Desmond Donnelly (53) – politician/ businessman/ journalist, suicide under influence of alcohol/ overdose of barbiturates.
    Tommy Dorsey (51) – jazz musician and bandleader, choked to death while sleeping with the aid of drugs.
    John Dougherty – musician, Flipper, heroin overdose.
    Eric Douglas – stand-up comedian, “acute intoxication” by the effects of alcohol, tranquilizers and painkillers.
    Nick Drake (26) – musician, anti-depressant overdose, disputed suicide.
    Michael Dransfield (24) – poet, heroin overdose.
    Kevin DuBrow (52) – rock vocalist, cocaine overdose.
    Bobby Duncum, Jr. – professional wrestler, prescription drug overdose.
    Anthony Durante – professional wrestler, drug overdose.

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    Jeanne Eagels (35) – actress, alcohol and/or heroin abuse.
    John Entwistle (57) – musician, bassist for the Who, died from heart failure brought upon by cocaine use.
    Brian Epstein (32) – Manager of The Beatles, accidental sleeping pill overdose.
    Howie Epstein (47) – musician, ex-bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, heroin overdose[3].

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    Chris Farley (33) – comedian who rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, cocaine and morphine overdose (speedball).
    Pete Farndon (31) – musician, the Pretenders, drowned/ heroin overdose.
    Rainer Werner Fassbinder – playwright, director, cocaine overdose (possible suicide).
    Brenda Fassie (39) – singer, cocaine overdose.
    Keith Ferguson – musician, the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
    Althea Flynt – co-publisher of Hustler magazine, drowned after passing out after drug overdose.
    Zac Foley (31) – musician, EMF, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, temazepam, barbiturates and alcohol in bloodstream.
    Katy French (24) – model and socialite, cocaine use.
    Sigmund Freud (83) – neurologist, long-term cocaine use, physician assisted morphine overdose (euthanasia).

    [edit] G
    Rory Gallagher (47) – musician, Taste, died of pnemonia and a liver failure, caused by side effects of a combination of doctor-prescribed drugs.
    Danny Gans (52) – Impressionist, Las Vegas entertainer. Accidental drug overdose, May 1st, 2009.
    Paul Gardiner – musician, Tubeway Army, drug overdose.
    Judy Garland (47) – singer and actress, disputed drug overdose as cause of death.
    Lowell George (34) – musician, Little Feat, heart attack – habitual drug abuse probable cause.
    Talitha Getty (30) – actress (Barbarella) and socialite (Wife of John Paul Getty Jr), heroin overdose in Rome 1971.
    Andy Gibb (30) – singer, younger brother of the Bee Gees; cardiac damage strongly exacerbated by cocaine and alcohol abuse.
    Simon Gipps-Kent – actor, morphine poisoning, suspected drug overdose.
    Trevor Goddard (40) – former professional boxer turned actor, cocaine, heroin, hydrocodone, and diazepam overdose.
    Dwayne Goettel (31) – musician, Skinny Puppy, heroin overdose.
    Paul Gonsalves (53) – jazz tenor saxophonist, Duke Ellington, narcotics overdose
    Gribouille (26) – singer, drugs overdose.

    [edit] H
    Clinton Haines – noted computer hacker, heroin overdose on 21st birthday.
    Bobby Hatfield – musician, The Righteous Brothers, heart attack triggered by cocaine overdose.
    Tim Hardin – folk musician, heroin and morphine overdose.
    Brynn Hartman – wife and murderer of comedian Phil Hartman, suicide after cocaine and alcohol.
    Phyllis Haver – actress, intentional barbiturate overdose
    James Hayden (29) – actor, heroin overdose.
    Joey Hawthorne – professional poker player, drug overdose.
    Eddie Hazel – musician, guitarist, of the P-funk collective, liver failure.
    Mitch Hedberg – comedian, multiple drug toxicity (cocaine and heroin).
    Tim Hemensley – indie musician, member of GOD, heroin overdose
    Margaux Hemingway (41) – actress, disputed suicide, overdose of phenobarbital.
    Jimi Hendrix (27) – rock and roll musician, respiratory arrest caused by alcohol and barbiturate overdose and vomit inhalation.
    Curt Hennig – professional wrestler, cocaine overdose.
    Gino Hernandez (28) – wrestler, cocaine overdose.
    Randy Jo Hobbs – musician.
    Abbie Hoffman – self-identified communo-anarchist, social and political activist in the United States, suicide by overdose of Phenobarbital pills
    El Duce Hoke – musician, drummer and singer in the Mentors, hit by train when alcohol intoxicated (disputed murder theories).
    Hollywood Fats – musician, heroin overdose.
    Gary Holton (33) – actor, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, alcohol and morphine overdose.
    James Honeyman-Scott – musician, the Pretenders, cocaine overdose.
    Shannon Hoon (28) – musician, singer in Blind Melon, cocaine overdose.
    Howard Hughes (70) – aviator, engineer, industrialist, movie producer, playboy, liver failure – autopsy showed lethal amount of codeine and also valium in body.
    Gertrude Hullett – died of barbiturate overdose while being treated by suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams.
    Elizabeth Hulette (42) – professional wrestling manager, accidental overdose of alcohol, alprazolam, temazepam, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and anabolic steroids.
    Harold Hunter (31) – professional skateboarder and actor, apparent cocaine overdose.
    Phyllis Hyman – singer, suicide involving lethal amounts of alcohol and temazepam.

    [edit] J
    Steven Ronald “Stevo” Jensen – musician, The Vandals, prescription drug overdose.
    Joëlle, American born French singer, drug overdose.
    Anissa Jones (18) – actress (played “Buffy” on American TV series Family Affair), accidential overdose of cocaine, PCP, methaqualone and secobarbital.
    Brian Jones – musician, the Rolling Stones, drowned, very likely due to alcohol and barbiturate intoxication.
    Rob Jones (a.k.a. The Bass Thing) – musician – former bassist of The Wonder Stuff, heroin/cocaine/alcohol overdose.
    Russell Jones (a.k.a. Ol’ Dirty Bastard) – hip hop musician, accidential overdose, cocaine and prescription painkiller[4].
    Janis Joplin (27) – rock and roll and blues musician, heroin overdose.
    Rick James (56)- Punk-Funk/Rock Legend Died August 6, 2004 of a drug induced heart-attack

    [edit] K
    John Kahn – musician, Jerry Garcia Band, complications of heart disease, heroin, cocaine, and antidepressants found in his body.
    David Kennedy – fourth child of Robert F. Kennedy, cocaine and pethidine overdose.
    Bernard Kettlewell – lepidopterist and medical doctor, drug overdose.
    Dorothy Kilgallen, Irish-American journalist and television game show panelist, fatal combination of alcohol and secobarbital, perhaps concurrent with a heart attack
    John Kordic – hockey player, died during struggle with police after cocaine overdose.

    [edit] L
    Alan Ladd (50) – actor, acute overdose of alcohol and hypnotic barbiturates, probable suicide [5].
    Arcadia Lake – pornographic actress, drug overdose.
    Barbara La Marr – actress, drug-related death in Hollywood.
    Karen Lancaume – pornographic actress, overdose of temazepam (suicide).
    Carole Landis – actress, overdose of barbiturates (suicide).
    Heath Ledger (28) – actor, accidental death Combined Drug Intoxication of various prescription drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, temazepam, and others[6].
    Bruce Lee (32) – actor, martial artist, died of acute cerebral edema due to a reaction to compounds present in the prescription pain killing drug Equagesic.
    Gerald Levert – R&B singer, son of O’Jays singer Eddie Levert – accidental combination of prescription medications.
    Frank X. Leyendecker – illustrator, drug overdose.
    Debbie Linden – glamour model & actress, heroin overdose.
    Eugene Lipscomb – American football player, heroin overdose.
    Mike Lockwood – professional wrestler, choked on his own vomit after overdose of painkillers and alcohol.
    Trinity Loren (real name: Joyce Evelyn McPherson) – porn star, model, and stripper, accidental overdose of prescription painkillers.
    Bela Lugosi (73) – actor, drug-related heart attack.
    Zoe Tamerlis Lund – former child musical prodigy turned model, actress, and writer, heart failure due to heroin use.
    Donyale Luna (34) – first notable African American supermodel & actress, drug overdose.
    Frankie Lymon – musician, doo wop singer, heroin overdose.
    Aaron Lynch – writer on memetics, opiate-based painkiller overdose (coroner ruled accidental death.)
    Phil Lynott (36) – musician, Thin Lizzy, health breakdown caused by a heroin overdose. (speedball.)

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    Billy Mackenzie – musician, the Associates, overdosed on temazepam, amitriptyline, and paracetamol (suicide).
    Chris Mainwaring – Australian Footballer, alleged accidental overdose.
    Bibek Maitra
    Sherri Martel – professional wrestler, accidental overdose with multiple drugs in her system, including high amounts of oxycodone.
    David McComb (36) – musician, The Triffids, heroin overdose.
    Jimmy McCulloch – musician with Wings, guitarist, heroin overdose.
    Robbie McIntosh – musician, Average White Band, heroin overdose.
    Clyde McPhatter – singer, complications of heart, liver, and kidney disease due to alcoholism.
    Aimee Semple McPherson – Canadian-born evangelist and media sensation in the 1920s and 1930s, overdose of prescription barbiturates.
    Jonathan Melvoin – touring keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins, heroin overdose.
    Amedeo Modigliani – painter, tubercular meningitis — exacerbated by poverty, overworking, and excessive use of alcohol and narcotics.
    Joëlle Mogensen – singer, drug overdose.
    Marilyn Monroe (36) – actress, overdose of barbiturate-based sleeping pills.
    Ken Montgomery – musician, D.O.A.
    Keith Moon – musician, the Who, accidental overdose on anti-seizure medication prescribed for alcoholism.
    Edith Alice Morrell – died of morphine overdose while being treated by suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams.
    Chester Morris – actor, drug overdose.
    Jim Morrison (27) – musician, The Doors, heart failure, alcohol abuse (cause and fact of death disputed).
    Billy Murcia – musician, the New York Dolls, accidental suffocation after drugs and alcohol.
    Brent Mydland – musician, keyboardist, of the Grateful Dead, cocaine/morphine overdose.

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    Delphine Neid – musician, The Nuns, drugs overdose.
    Joachim Nielsen (36) – rock musician in the band Jokke & Valentinerne, drug overdose
    Bradley Nowell (28) – musician, Sublime, heroin overdose.

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    Hugh O’Connor – actor, of In the Heat of the Night TV series, suicide under influence of cocaine.
    Lani O’Grady – actress, of Eight Is Enough – multiple drug intoxication.
    Johnny O’Keefe – musician/ singer, heart attack after prescription drugs addiction.
    Christina Onassis – daughter of the billionaire Aristotle Onassis, pulmonary edema, caused by constant drug abuse and dramatic weight changes.
    Bryan Ottoson – musician, American Head Charge, accidental prescription-drug overdose.

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    Marco Pantani (34) – cyclist, Tour de France winner; acute cocaine intoxication.
    Charlie Parker (34) – jazz musician; the official cause of death was (lobar) pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer, his death was hastened by his drug and alcohol abuse
    Robert Pastorelli (49) – television actor, heroin overdose.
    Gram Parsons (26) – country musician, of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, overdose, purportedly of morphine and tequila.
    Chris Penn (40) – actor (Reservoir Dogs), brother of Sean Penn, heart disease and prescription drugs.
    Art Pepper (56) – jazz musician.
    Christopher Pettiet (24) – actor.
    Jack Pickford (36) – actor, syphillis & alcohol and drug abuse.
    Kristen Pfaff (27) – musician, ex-member of Hole, heroin overdose.
    Esther Phillips (48) – musician, singer, liver and kidney failure due to alcohol and heroin dependency.
    John Phillips (65) – musician, of the Mamas and the Papas, heart failure due to lifetime of alcohol and narcotics abuse.
    River Phoenix (23) – actor, overdose of heroin and cocaine (speedball).
    Jeffrey Lee Pierce (37) – musician, the Gun Club.
    Rob Pilatus (32) – musician, Milli Vanilli, drug overdose.
    Dana Plato (34) – actress, of Diff’rent Strokes, suicide – overdose of muscle relaxant Vanadom (carisoprodol)and Vicodin.
    Pola – model, appeared in Vogue and Cosmopolitan – heroin overdose in 1975.
    Darrell Porter (50) – professional baseball catcher (Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals) turned broadcaster, cocaine overdose.
    Freddie Prinze (22) – comic, actor (Chico and the Man), self-inflicted gunshot wound while under the influence of Quaaludes

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    Glenn Quinn (32) – Actor Angel (TV series), heroin overdose.

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    Dee Dee Ramone (50) – musician, the Ramones, heroin overdose.
    James Ray – singer, drug overdose.
    Michael Reeves – film director, barbiturate overdose.
    Wallace Reid (31) – actor, flu caused by morphine addiction.
    Jimmy Reilly (17) – musician, Watertower West and Tony And The Tigers, heroin and alcohol overdose.
    Elis Regina (36) – singer, fatal alcohol and temazepam interaction.
    Brad Renfro (25) – actor, overdose of heroin and morphine[7].
    Ryszard Riedel (37) – blues and rock vocalist with the Polish band Dżem due to cardiac insufficiency due to long time drug abuse (especially heroin)|
    Rachel Roberts (53) – actress – barbiturate overdose (suicide).
    Don Rogers (23) – American football player, cocaine overdose.
    Alma Rubens – actress, flu caused by heroin addiction.
    David Ruffin (50) – musician, the Temptations, drug overdose.

    [edit] S
    George Sanders (65) – actor, barbiturates overdose (suicide).
    Catya Sassoon (33) – model and actress, overdose of hydromorphone and cocaine.
    Joe Schermie – musician, Three Dog Night, heart attack resulting from long-term drug abuse
    Ronnie Scott (69) – jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz-club owner, died accidentally from a mixture of brandy and temazepam.
    Jean Seberg – actress, barbiturate and alcohol overdose (suicide).
    Jason Sears – musician, Rich Kids on LSD, treatment with natural drugs.
    Rod Scurry (36) – Major League Baseball relief pitcher, cocaine-induced heart attack.
    Edie Sedgwick – actress.
    Bobby Sheehan – musician, Blues Traveler, drug overdose.
    Eric Show – baseball player, cocaine and heroin overdose (speedball).
    Pavlos Sidiropoulos – rock musician, heroin overdose.
    Judee Sill – folk musician, heroin overdose.
    Don Simpson – film producer, heart attack, reports of 20 drugs in his body at time of death.
    Tom Simpson – road racing cyclist, dehydration and exhaustion while cycling, amphetamines and alcohol usage.
    Hillel Slovak (26) – musician, Red Hot Chili Peppers, heroin overdose.
    Anna Nicole Smith (39) – Playboy playmate, actress, reality show star, lethal combination of chloral hydrate and various benzodiazepines.
    Daniel Smith (20) – Son of Anna Nicole Smith, part-time actor and director, lethal combination of methadone, Lexapro and Zoloft.
    Davey Boy Smith (39) – professional wrestler, heart attack – steroid abuse may have contributed.
    Freddy Soto – comedian, writer and actor, mixture of alcohol, alprazolam, and fentanyl.
    Louie Spicolli – professional wrestler, choked on vomit after drugs and alcohol overdose.
    Layne Staley (34) – musician, Alice in Chains, cocaine and heroin overdose (speedball).
    Joey Stefano (26) – pornographic actor, overdose of cocaine, morphine, heroin and ketamine.
    Inger Stevens – actress, suicide – overdose of sleeping pills.
    Rory Storm – musician, suicide – sleeping pills overdose.
    Margaret Sullavan (48) – actress, deliberate barbiturate overdose.
    Paige Summers – pornographic model & actress, a drug overdose from a combination of the painkillers codeine and oxycodone.[8]
    Screaming Lord Sutch – singer and politician, suicide following Prozac overdose.

    [edit] T
    Zoë Tamerlis Lund – musician turned model, heart failure after sustained heroin and cocaine abuse.
    Warren Tartaglia (Walid al-Taha) – jazz musician & one of six founders of Moorish Orthodox Church of America, heroin overdose.
    Chase Tatum (34) former wrestler for the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling organization, apparent drug overdose.
    Vinnie Taylor – musician, Sha Na Na, heroin overdose.
    Gary Thain – musician, Uriah Heep, drug overdose.
    Jotie T’Hooft – poet, drug overdose, suicide.
    Johnny Thunders – musician, the New York Dolls, alcohol and methadone poisoning.
    John Thompson – poet, “a brutal mix of barbiturates and liquor.”
    Georg Trakl – playwright, cocaine overdose.
    D. M. Turner (34) – author/psychonaut, drowned in a bathtub while on ketamine.
    Ike Turner (76) – musician/producer, died from cocaine overdose with high blood pressure and emphysema as contributing factors[9].
    Dick Twardzik – bebop jazz pianist, heroin overdose.

    [edit] U
    Stu Ungar (45) – Three-time World Series of Poker Main Event winner, heart condition caused by long-term cocaine abuse.
    Enrique Urquijo – singer, drug overdose.

    [edit] V
    Paul Vaessen – former professional footballer with Arsenal, post mortem found he had a high levels of methadone, heroin, temazepam, diazepam, and alcohol in his bloodstream.
    Lupe V̩lez Рactress, secobarbital overdose (suicide).
    Michael VerMeulen – magazine editor, drug overdose.
    Sid Vicious (21) – musician, the Sex Pistols, heroin overdose, disputed suicide

    [edit] W
    Robert Hudson Walker – actor, died suddenly after being administered sodium amytal by his doctor.
    Shelby Walker (31) – female boxer and Martial arts fighter, apparent medicine overdose.
    Jeremy Michael Ward – musician, The Mars Volta, apparent heroin overdose.
    Dinah Washington – musician, singer, overdose of diet pills and alcohol.
    Dave Waymer (34) – American football defensive-back, cocaine-induced heart attack.
    Michael Weber – lead guitarist of The Seminal Rats, heroin overdose.
    Rachel Whitear – student, heroin overdose led to large-scale anti-drugs press campaign in Britain.
    Brett Whiteley – artist, heroin and temazepam overdose.
    Kurt Winter – guitarist with The Guess Who, kidney failure after sustained drug abuse
    Keith Whitley (33) – country musician, alcohol poisoning.
    Danny Whitten – musician, Crazy Horse, drug overdose or drugs with alcohol (disputed).
    Dale Whittington – racecar driver, drug overdose.
    Alan Wilson – musician, Canned Heat, drug overdose (possible suicide).
    Dennis Wilson (39) – musician, The Beach Boys, alcohol-related drowning
    Hank Williams (29) – musician, drugs and probably alcohol.
    Kenneth Williams (62) – actor, author and comedian of Carry On fame, overdose of barbiturates (accidental or suicide).
    Linda Wong – pornographic actress, overdose on alprazolam, chloral hydrate and alcohol.
    Andrew Wood – musician, lead singer Mother Love Bone, Malfunkshun, heroin overdose.
    Anna Wood (15) – Australian schoolgirl, cerebral edema, caused by water intoxication and resultant hyponatremia after taking ecstasy.

    [edit] X

    [edit] Y
    Paula Yates (40) – British TV presenter & author, partner of deceased INXS star, Michael Hutchence, heroin overdose.

  43. David says:

    Um… Layne Staley, Jim Morrison, Jimmi Hendrix…. Who are more important people then half on this list!!!!?????

  44. jeremy says:

    What about michael jackson the most most well known of all

  45. Bela says:

    What about River Phoenix, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix? Much more famous than some of the others.

  46. matt says:

    what about janis joplan

  47. Dink says:

    All of these persons had bad habits and didn’t know that the life that was treating them like stars really was not the family whom cared. They actually needed friends to like them for who they were before they became famous.

  48. Jo says:

    Elton John wrote”Candle in the Wind” for Monroe than revised it for Dianna!!

  49. student says:

    the picture of the pills beside anna nicole smith are definitely not the pills she died from. It’s the same picture as Marilyn Munroe.

    And for people who keep posting other celebrity deaths on here remember its for PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

  50. theLUNE.org » Blog Archive » Deepak Chopra on “legalized drug pushing” phenomenon in Hollywood says:

    [...] Presley’s personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, concluded: “Elvis’s problem was that he didn’t see the wrong in it. He felt that by getting [pills] from a doctor, he wasn’t the common everyday junkie…” (Source) [...]

  51. Paul in Columbus Ohio says:

    You know what really is sad? The fact that the film crews followed Anna Nichole Smith for several weeks before her death and every time she gave an interview she was blitzed out of her skull! Nobody cared one bit about being vocal in front of the camera and make THAT the news- that she needed medical care besides the bogus scripts coming from the idiots who gave the pills to her.
    Being a recovering addict who does know how to listen better now, if I was around that woman I would have been in the headlines too for tackling her and screaming for an ambulance. For her! Entertainment Tonight eat shit!

  52. Dink says:

    The addictions are not the only thing that killed these human beings. “All I Need is LOVE” comes to my mind. May they all be remembered by those that couldn’t love them or would not love them.Murder,Abuse, Rape, Chronical illness, Suicide ( M.A.R.C.S.) 2010 WALK-A-THON April 3rd 2010 Sirloin Stockade Marion, Indiana come walk in memory of your friend, lover, mother,father, brother,sister. “M.A.R.C.S. knows no boundries; M.A.R.C.S. doesn’t discriminate”

  53. Nikki says:

    Im outraged by the amount of celebs that have died from drugs.
    People say money is the cause for drug addiction, Is it????
    Why is it the people around the celebs not doing anything about it???
    If a member of your family or a friend was doing drugs i know i would do something about it…………..

  54. Estella says:

    WOW I LOVED MARILYN MONROE & ANNA NICOLE SMITH I DIODNT NO THEY OVERDOSED ON THE SAME MEDICATION I GOTTA QUESTION HOW DID JANIS JOPLIN DIE?

  55. Dink says:

    M.A.R.C.S. acronym (murder,abuse,rape,chronical illness,suicide) knows no boundries;M.A.R.C.S. doesn’t discriminate.

    The celebrities that die from prescribed medications is alarming however, there is all kinds of people dying from over medicated drug abuse. Just because you have money doesn’t mean you die because you are taking the drugs to overdose. Any one could overdose;many do. The sadist part of the drug abuse is the fact that there is so many children left without a parent or a mother without children.

    M.A.R.C.S. turned 23 years old this April, 2013. The effects of M.A.R.C.S. is real; Pills kill! I would like to start a collage fund for the children whom have been left behind.
    Anyone can help do this.

  56. Marcene Tibbitts says:

    You’re so cool! I do not think I’ve read through anything like this before. So wonderful to find someone with some genuine thoughts on this topic. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This web site is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with a little originality.

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