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Mind-blowing list of the many famous celebrities who died untimely deaths from drug or alcohol abuse

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The following is a partial list of notable celebrities, along with their profession and cause of death, who have died from drug-related causes.  Each of these persons met their untimely end from either drug overdose, death from organ-failure due to or exacerbated by drug use, or death from suicide/misadventure under the influence of drugs.

Anna Nicole Smith – Actress/Model – accidental drug overdose

Anna Nicole Smith

Amy Winehouse – Singer – alcohol poisoning

Amy Winehouse

Bruce Lee – Actor/Martial Arts Expert – drug overdose

Bruce Lee

Brian Jones – Rolling Stones musician – heart/liver overlarged from drug use, “death by misadventure”

Brian Jones

Chris Farley – Actor/Comedian – accidental drug overdose

Chris Farley

Corey Haim – Actor – accidental drug overdose

Corey Haim

Corey Monteith – Actor (Glee) – accidental drug overdose

Corey Monteith

Elvis Presley – Singer – accidental drug overdose

Elvis Presley

Heath Ledger – Actor – accidental drug overdose

Heath Ledger

Howard Hughes – Business Tycoon (American Airlines) – kidney failure from prolonged drug use

Howard Hughes

Howie Epstein – Musician (Tom Petty) – accidental drug overdose

Howie Epstein

Janis Joplin – Singer – accidental drug overdose

Janis Joplin

Jim Morrison – Musician (The Doors) – heart failure due to drug use

Jim Morrison

Jimi Hendrix – Musician – vomit inhalation from barbiturate overdose

Jimi Hendrix

John Belushi – Actor/Comedian – accidental drug overdose

John Belushi

John Bonham – Musician (Led Zeppelin) – asphyxiation due to alcohol consumption

John Bonham

Judy Garland – Actress (Wizard of Oz) – drug overdose

Judy Garland

Keith Moon – Musician (The Who) – drug overdose

Keith Moon

Kurt Cobain – Musician (Nirvana) – suicide while dosed with  heroin

Kurt Cobain

Lenny Bruce – Comedian – accidental drug overdose

Lenny Bruce

Marilyn Monroe – Actress – drug overdose (possible suicide)

Marilyn Monroe

Michael Jackson – Singer – cardiac arrest due to multiple drug intake

Michael Jackson

River Phoenix – Actor – drug overdose

River Phoenix

Sigmund Freud – Neurologist – drug overdose

Sigmund Freud

Steve Clark – Musician (Def Leppard) – compression of brain stem due to  drugs and alcohol

Steve Clark

Truman Capote – Writer – liver disease from alcohol and drug intoxication

Truman Capote

W.C. Fields – Actor/Comedian – liver failure from alcohol abuse

W.C. Fields

Whitney Houston –    Singer – fell into deep sleep while on drugs, drowned in bathtub

Whitney Houston

Lest you think the above list is long and depressing, check the  list below for a mind-addling incentive to keep yourself on the straight and narrow.  The following is a more complete (but still not totally complete) list of notable celebrities who have died from alcohol or drug-related causes.  Many died after extended battles to shrug the monkey off their back.


Herb Abrams
Professional wrestling promoter, heart complications brought on by drug abuse.

Brian “Crush” Adams
Professional wrestler, accidental overdose of painkillers.

Nick Adams
Actor, drug overdose.

Stuart Adamson
Musician, Big Country, self-asphyxiation under the influence of alcohol.

David Allen Adkisson
Professional wrestler, death speculated upon as drugs overdose.

Kerry Gene Adkisson
Professional wrestler, suicide, after arrest for cocaine possession and drug problems.

Michael Brent Adkisson
Professional wrestler, suicide, overdosed on tranquilizers.

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Writer, committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates.

Dennis Allen
Infamous drug dealer, drug induced heart failure.

GG Allin
Punk musician, heroin overdose.

Bridgette Andersen
Former child actress, alcohol and heroin overdose.

Pier Angeli
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.


Chet Baker
Jazz trumpeter and singer.

John Balance
Musician, Coil, fell over a banister while drunk.

Florence Ballard
Musician, The Supremes, cardiac arrest strongly exacerbated by long-term drug abuse.

Lester Bangs
Musician, writer, overdose of painkillers, possibly accidental.

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Painter, heroin overdose.

Scotty Beckett
American former child actor, suicide, barbiturate overdose.

Bix Beiderbecke
Jazz musician, alcoholism.

Steve Bechler
Major League Baseball pitcher, after using the drug ephedra.

John Belushi
Of the Blues Brothers, actor, and comedian, heroin and cocaine overdose (speedball).

Bunny Berigan
Musician, trumpet, liver cirrhosis from alcoholism.

Wes Berggren
Musician, Tripping Daisy.

George Best
Ex-footballer with Manchester United, multiple organ failure exacerbated by chronic long-standing alcoholism.

Leah Betts
Schoolgirl, ecstasy related.

Len Bias
Basketball star; died of cocaine overdose before ever playing in the NBA.

Dave Bidwell
Musician, the Pink Fairies, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Mungo Jerry.

Bam Bam Bigelow (stagename of Scott Charles Bigelow)
Professional wrestler, toxic levels of cocaine and temazepam.

Count Gottfried von Bismarck
Aristocrat, suspected drug overdose.

Matty Blagg (real name Matthew Roberts)
Musician, Blaggers I.T.A., heart attack due to ketamine / ecstacy OD.

Mike Bloomfield
Blues guitarist, heroin overdose.

Tommy Bolin
Musician, Deep Purple, drugs overdose and/or alcohol poisoning.

John Bonham
Musician Led Zeppelin, alcohol related asphyxiation caused by choking on his own vomit.

James Booker
Musician, liver failure.

Christopher Bowman
Former professional ice skater, possible prescription drug overdose.

Elisa Bridges
Model, acute intoxication – combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam.

Erik Brødreskift
Musician, Borknagar,Gorgoroth,and Immortal, suicide – pill overdose.

Herman Brood
Musician, suicide after long-term substance abuse issues.

Dennis Brown
Musician, Reggae singer, believed to be AIDS related but strong rumours of chronic drug abuse.

Lenny Bruce
Comedian, morphine overdose.

Rob Buck
Musician, 10,000 Maniacs, liver disease.

Tim Buckley
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.

Paul Butterfield
Musician, drug and alcohol overdose.


Andrés Caicedo
Writer, drugs overdose, and other things (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
Former Major League Baseball player; acute cocaine and opiates intoxication.

Skip Candelori
Musician, Turning Point.

Max Cantor
Journalist, actor, heroin overdose, he became an addict while researching addicts in New York.

Truman Capote
Writer, liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication.

Gia Carangi
Supermodel, heroin abuse led to a death from AIDS.

Leroy Carr
Blues musician, cirrhosis of the liver as a result of alcoholism.

Vic Chesnutt
Musician, overdose of prescription medication (suicide).

Gene Clark
Musician, the Byrds, bleeding ulcer due to long term alcohol abuse.

Sonny Clark
Musician, hard bop pianist, heroin overdose.

Steve Clark
Musician, Def Leppard, accidental death (anti-depressants, painkillers and alcohol).

Michael Clarke
Musician, the Byrds, liver failure due to long term alcoholism.

Will Clay
Musician, The Toys.

Montgomery Clift
Actor, heart attack due to severe alcoholism and drug abuse.

Kurt Cobain
Musician, Nirvana, heroin overdose and a shotgun wound in head. Also theories for murder.

Bob Collins
Politician, suicide from prescription drugs and alcohol.

Natasha Collins
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
Actress, heroin overdose.

Pamela Courson
Common law wife of Jim Morrison of The Doors, heroin overdose.

Cowboy(real name Keith Wiggins)
Musician, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, drug overdose.

Carl Crack
Musician, Atari Teenage Riot, drug overdose.

Darby Crash
Punk musician, of The Germs, suicide by heroin overdose.

Robbin Crosby
Musician, ex-Ratt, contracted HIV as a result of long-time heroin addiction and died of a heroin overdose.


Singer, suicide, barbiturates overdose (sleeping pills).

Dorothy Dandridge
Actress, singer, anti-depressant overdose.

Eileen Davies
Alternative rock singer/ songwriter, heroin overdose.

Jesse Ed Davis
Guitarist, session musician, drug overdose.

Paul Demayo
Professional bodybuilder, heroin overdose.

Ted Demme
Film director, heart attack, small amount of cocaine taken may have contributed.

Rick Dey
Musician, the Vejtables, February Sunshine, the Wilde Knights and the Merry-Go-Round.

Musician, D.O.A., drug overdose.

Teri Diver
Pornographic actress, cardiac arrest caused by overdose of migraine medication.

Kiki Djan
Musician, Osibisa, drug addiction and AIDS.

DJ Screw
Musician, heart attack thought to be result of codeine overdose.

Desmond Donnelly
Politician/ businessman/ journalist, suicide under influence of alcohol/ overdose of barbiturates.

Tommy Dorsey
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
Musician, anti-depressant overdose, disputed suicide.

Michael Dransfield
Poet, heroin overdose.

Bobby Driscoll
Actor, heart failure, long term drug abuse.

Kevin DuBrow
Rock vocalist, cocaine overdose.

Bobby Duncum, Jr.
Professional wrestler, prescription drug overdose.

Anthony Durante
Professional wrestler, drugs overdose.


Jeanne Eagels
Actress, alcohol and/or heroin abuse.

Tommy Edwards
Musician, liner notes for greatest hits album claim death due to alcoholism.

John Entwistle
Musician, bassist for the Who, died from heart failure brought upon by cocaine use.

Brian Epstein
Manager of The Beatles, drug overdose.

Howie Epstein
Musician, ex-bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, heroin overdose[3].

Rick Evers
Musician, drummer and songwriter, was married to Carole King, heroin overdose.


Chris Farley
Comedian who rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, cocaine and morphine overdose (speedball).

Pete Farndon
Musician, the Pretenders, drowned/ heroin overdose.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Playwright, director, cocaine overdose (possible suicide).

Brenda Fassie
Singer, cocaine overdose.

W.C. Fields
Performer and actor, complications of alcoholism.

Keith Ferguson
Musician, the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Aaron Flahavan
Professional football goalkeeper, died driving drunk in 2001.

Althea Flynt
Co-publisher of Hustler magazine, drowned after passing out after drug overdose.

Zac Foley
Musician, EMF, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, temazepam, barbiturates and alcohol in bloodstream.

Katy French
Supermodel and socialite, cocaine use.

Sigmund Freud
Neurologist, long-term cocaine use, physician assisted morphine overdose (euthansia).


Rory Gallagher
Musician, Taste, died of pnemonia and a liver failure, caused by side effects of a combination of doctor-prescribed drugs.

Danny Gans
Impressionist, Las Vegas entertainer. Accidental prescription drug overdose.

Paul Gardiner
Musician, Tubeway Army, drug overdose.

Judy Garland
Singer and actress, disputed drug overdose as cause of death.

Lowell George
Musician, Little Feat, heart attack – habitual drug abuse probable cause.

Talitha Getty
Actress (Barbarella) and socialite (Wife of John Paul Getty Jr), heroin overdose in Rome 1971.

Andy Gibb
Singer, younger brother of the Bee Gees; cardiac damage strongly exacerbated by cocaine and alcohol abuse.

Simon Gipps-Kent
Actor, morphine poisoning, suspected drugs overdose.

Candy Givens
Musician, Zephyr, drowned in jacuzzi after passing out from a mix of alcohol and quaaludes.

Trevor Goddard
Former professional boxer turned actor, cocaine, heroin, hydrocodone, and diazepam overdose.

Alexander Godunov
Actor, died of alcoholism.

Dwayne Goettel
Musician, Skinny Puppy, heroin overdose.

Paul Gonsalves
Jazz tenor saxophonist, Duke Ellington, narcotics overdose.

Lucy Grealy
Poet, presumed accidental drug overdose.

Sean Greenway
Indie musician, member of GOD, heroin overdose.

Singer, drugs overdose.

Eddie Guerrero
Professional wrestler, previous drug use led to heart attack.

Stacy Guess
Musician, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, heroin overdose.


Clinton Haines
Noted computer hacker, heroin overdose on 21st birthday.

Paul Hammond
Musician, Atomic Rooster, drug overdose (suicide).

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.

Alex Harvey
Musician,The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, liver damage caused by alcohol abuse.

Phyllis Haver
Actress, intentional barbiturate overdose.

James Hayden
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).

Helno (real name Noel Rota)
Musician, Les Negresses Vertes, died trying to overcome serious drug addiction.

Tim Hemensley
Indie musician, member of GOD, heroin overdose.

Margaux Hemingway
Actress, disputed suicide, overdose of phenobarbital.

Jimi Hendrix
Rock and roll musician, respiratory arrest caused by alcohol and barbiturate overdose and vomit inhalation.

Curt Hennig
Professional wrestler, cocaine overdose.

Gregory Herbet
Musician, Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Gino Hernandez
Wrestler, cocaine overdose.

Bob Hite
Musician, Canned Heat, heart attack.

Randy Jo Hobbs

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).

Billie Holiday
Jazz singer died from cirrhosis of the liver attributed to longtime alcohol and heroin abuse.

Hollywood Fats
Musician, heroin overdose.

Gary Holton
Actor, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, alcohol and morphine overdose.

James Honeyman-Scott
Musician, the Pretenders, cocaine overdose.

Shannon Hoon
Musician, singer in Blind Melon, cocaine overdose.

Howard Hughes
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
Professional wrestling manager, accidential overdose of alcohol, alprazolam, temazepam, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and anabolic steroids.

Harold Hunter
Professional skateboarder and actor, apparent cocaine overdose.

Phyllis Hyman
Singer, suicide involving lethal amounts of alcohol and temazepam.


Julio Jaramillo
Singer, liver damage caused by alcohol.

Steven Ronald “Stevo” Jensen
Musician, The Vandals, prescription drug overdose.

American born French singer – drug overdose.

Anissa Jones- actress (played “Buffy” on American TV series Family Affair)
Accidental overdose of cocaine, angel dust, Quaaludes and Seconal.

Bethany Jones
Photographer and makeup artist, complications of muscular dystrophy coupled with injection of methamphetamine.

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.

Janis Joplin
Rock and roll and blues musician, heroin overdose.


John Kahn
Musician, Jerry Garcia Band, complications of heart disease, heroin, cocaine, and antidepressants found in his body.

Wells Kelly
Musician, Orleans, heroin overdose.

David Kennedy
Fourth child of Robert F. Kennedy, cocaine and Demerol overdose.

Jack Kerouac
Writer/poet, complications due to alcoholism.

Bernard Kettlewell
Lepidopterist and medical doctor, drug overdose.

Dorothy Kilgallen
Irish-American journalist and television game show panelist, fatal combination of alcohol and Seconal, perhaps concurrent with a heart attack.

John Kordic
Hockey player, died during struggle with police after cocaine overdose.

Paul Kossoff
Musician, Free, drug-related heart problems.

Eddie Kurdziel
Musician, Redd Kross, drug overdose.


Alan Ladd
Actor, acute overdose of alcohol and hypnotic barbiturates, probable suicide.

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).

Peter Laughner
Musician, Pere Ubu, acute pancreatitis.

Heath Ledger
Actor, accidental death Combined Drug Intoxication of various prescription drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, temazepam, and others.

Rudy Lewis
Musician, the Drifters.

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.

Ruan Lingyu
Silent film actress, overdose of barbiturates.

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
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
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
Musician, Thin Lizzy, health breakdown caused by a heroin overdose. (speedball.)


Billy Mackenzie
Musician, the Associates, overdosed on temazepam, amitriptyline, and paracetamol (suicide).

Chris Mainwaring
Australian Footballer, alleged accidental overdose.

Bibek Maitra
Politician, drug overdose.

Steve Marriott
Musician, The Small Faces and Humble Pie, drug related fire.

Sherri Martel
Professional wrestler, accidental overdose with multiple drugs in her system, including high amounts of oxycodone.

Billy Martin
Major League Baseball player and manager, alcohol-related auto accident.

James McCallum Bronson
Stepson of actor Charles Bronson, drug overdose.

David McComb
Musician, The Triffids, heroin overdose.

Jimmy McCulloch
Musician with Wings, guitarist, heroin overdose.

Ron “Pigpen” McKernan
Musician, the Grateful Dead, gastrointestinal hemorrhage linked to alcohol abuse.

Robbie McIntosh
Musician, Average White Band, heroin overdose.

Clyde McPhatter
Singer. Drug overdose.

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.

Big Maceo Merriweather
Blues pianist, chronic alcoholism.

Mighty Spoiler
Calypso music singer, alcohol-related illness.

Miss Christine
Musician, The GTOs, 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
Actress, overdose of barbiturate-based sleeping pills.

Ken Montgomery
Musician, D.O.A.

Keith Moon
Musician, the Who, overdosed 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
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.

Modest Mussorgsky
Classical composer, alcohol.


Delphine Neid
Musician, The Nuns, drugs overdose.

Joachim Nielsen
Rock musician in the band Jokke & Valentinerne, drug overdose.

Bradley Nowell
Musician, Sublime, heroin overdose.

Jack Nance
Actor, alcohol addiction.


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.

Charlie Ondras
Musician, Insane.

Bryan Ottoson
Musician, American Head Charge, accidental prescription-drug overdose.

Malcolm Owen
Singer, lyricist of the Ruts, heroin overdose.


John Panozzo
Musician, drummer, Styx, complications of alcohol abuse.

Marco Pantani
Cyclist, Tour de France winner; acute cocaine intoxication.

Charlie Parker
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
Television actor, heroin overdose.

Gram Parsons
Country musician, of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, overdose, purportedly of morphine and tequila.

Jon-Jon Paulos
Musician, the Buckinghams.

Chris Penn
Actor (Reservoir Dogs), brother of Sean Penn, heart disease and prescription drugs.

Art Pepper
Jazz musician.

John Pulcine
Painter, drug overdose.

Jack Pickford
Actor, syphillis & alcohol and drug abuse.

Kristen Pfaff
Musician, ex-member of Hole, heroin overdose.

Esther Phillips
Musician, singer, liver and kidney failure due to alcohol and heroin dependency.

John Phillips
Musician, of the Mamas and the Papas, heart failure due to lifetime of alcohol and narcotics abuse.

River Phoenix
Actor, overdose of heroin and cocaine (speedball).

Jeffrey Lee Pierce
Musician, the Gun Club.

Rob Pilatus
”Musician”, Milli Vanilli, drug overdose.

Dana Plato
Actress, of Diff’rent Strokes, suicide – overdose of muscle relaxant Vanadom (carisoprodol)and Vicodin.

Model, appeared in Vogue and Cosmopolitan – heroin overdose in 1975.

Jackson Pollock
Painter; killed in a single-car accident while driving drunk.

Darrell Porter
Professional baseball catcher (Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals) turned broadcaster, cocaine overdose.

Elvis Presley
Singer, heart attack brought on by overdose of barbiturates.

Freddie Prinze
Comic, actor (Chico and the Man), self-inflicted gunshot wound while under the influence of Quaaludes.


Robert Quine
Musician, suicide by heroin overdose.

Glenn Quinn
Actor, heroin overdose.


Carl Radle
Bass guitarist, Derek and the Dominos, Eric Clapton, kidney disease due to long term narcotics and alcohol abuse.

Dee Dee Ramone
Musician, the Ramones, heroin overdose.

James Ray
Singer, drug overdose.

Johnnie Ray
Musician, liver failure caused by alcoholism.

Michael Reeves
Film director, barbiturate overdose.

Wallace Reid
Actor, flu caused by morphine addiction.

Jimmy Reilly
Musician, Watertower West and Tony And The Tigers, heroin and alcohol overdose.

Elis Regina
Singer, fatal alcohol and temazepam interaction.

Brad Renfro
Actor, overdose of heroin and morphine.

Rob Graves Ritter
Musician, Thelonius Monster, Gun Club, the Bags, 45 Grave.

Rachel Roberts
Actress – barbiturate overdose (suicide).

Andy Rogers
Musician, bassist with Johnny Cash, heroin overdose.

Don Rogers
American football player, cocaine overdose.

Peter Rosen
Mmusician, War.

Alma Rubens
Actress, flu caused by heroin addiction.

Michael Rudetsky
Musician, keyboardist, Culture Club, heroin overdose.

David Ruffin
Musician, the Temptations, drug overdose.


George Sanders
Actor, barbiturates overdose (suicide).

Catya Sassoon
Model and actress, overdose of hydromorphone and cocaine.

Joe Schermie
Musician, Three Dog Night, heart attack resulting from long-term drug abuse.

Bon Scott
Musician, AC/DC, aspiration brought on by alcohol intoxication.

Ronnie Scott
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
Major League Baseball relief pitcher, cocaine-induced heart attack.

Edie Sedgwick

Nerine Shatner
Wife of actor William Shatner, drowned in swimming pool while intoxicated and with traces of diazepam in bloodstream.

Will Shatter
Musician, Fliper, heroin overdose.

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
Musician, Red Hot Chili Peppers, heroin overdose.

Anna Nicole Smith
Playboy playmate, actress, reality show star, lethal combination of chloral hydrate and various benzodiazepines.

Davey Boy Smith
Professional wrestler, heart attack – steroid abuse may have contributed.

Robert “Snoopy” Smith
Saxophonist and husband of jazz and blues singer, Fritzi Presley, died in Biloxi, MS of heart attack after a lifetime of alcohol abuse.

Freddy Soto
Comedian, writer and actor, mixture of alcohol, alprazolam, and fentanyl.

Epic Soundtracks
Musician, Swell Maps.

Louie Spicolli
Professional wrestler, choked on vomit after drugs and alcohol overdose.

Layne Staley
Musician, Alice in Chains, cocaine and heroin overdose (speedball).

Joey Stefano
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
Actress, deliberate barbiturate overdose.

Paige Summers
Pornographic model & actress, a drug overdose from a combination of the painkillers codeine and oxycodone.

Screaming Lord Sutch
Singer and politician, suicide following Prozac overdose.


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
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.

Jason Thirsk
Musician, Pennywise, suicide after depression and alcoholism treatment.

Jotie T’Hooft
Poet, drug overdose, suicide.

Johnny Thunders
Musician, the New York Dolls, alcohol and methadone poisoning.

Dylan Thomas
Poet, chronic alcoholism.

John Thompson
Poet, “a brutal mix of barbiturates and liquor.”

Georg Trakl
Playwright, cocaine overdose.

D. M. Turner
Author/psychonaut, drowned in a bathtub while on ketamine.

Ike Turner
Musician/producer, died from cocaine overdose with high blood pressure and emphysema as contributing factors.

Dick Twardzik
Bebop jazz pianist, heroin overdose.


Stu Ungar
Three-time World Series of Poker Main Event winner, heart condition caused by long-term cocaine abuse.

Enrique Urquijo
Singer, drug overdose.


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 Vélez
Actress, secobarbital overdose (suicide).

Michael VerMeulen
Magazine editor, drug overdose.

Sid Vicious
Musician, the Sex Pistols, heroin overdose, disputed suicide.

Gene Vincent
Rock and roll musician, liver damage caused by alcohol.


Robert Hudson Walker
Actor, died suddenly after being administered sodium amytal by his doctor.

Shelby Walker
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
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.

Chris Whitley
Guitarist, songwriter, complications from lung cancer caused by excessive cigarette smoking.

Keith Whitley
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
Musician, The Beach Boys, alcohol-related drowning.

Hank Williams
Musician, drugs and probably alcohol.

Kenneth Williams
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
Australian schoolgirl, cerebral edema, caused by water intoxication and resultant hyponatremia after taking ecstasy.

Natalie Wood
Actress, drowned when intoxicated.


Paula Yates
British TV presenter & author, partner of deceased INXS star, Michael Hutchence, heroin overdose.