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This is a list of celebrities who died from their addiction to alcohol. While we may be more accustomed to celebrities dying to heroin and other drugs, many have died due to an addiction to alcohol. Alcoholism is more than simply a lack of self control; today, it is considered an all out addictive disorder. In other words, it's not a bad habit - it's a disease. 

Including Jack Kerouac, Billie Holiday, Richard Burton, Peter Cook, and Errol Flynn, this list shows the celebrities who, for whatever reason, couldn't fight the addiction and lost their lives to the disease. Female silent movie star Julia Burns and Barbara Payton are also just a few of the famous women who died of alcholism.

Who are the most famous alcoholics? What famous people died from alcohol? Which famous actors were known to be drunks? While harder drugs may take more of the spotlight, alcohol dependence is a serious syndrome as alcohol has the potential to damage every organ in the body, including the brain, which can lead to other psychiatric disorders. Celebrity deaths are always tragic, but losing notable stars to severe drinking problems is no different. 

Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Richard Burton Died at 59 (1925-1984) - Cause of Death: Cerebral hemorrhageA star of the stage and screen, Burton was a well-regarded actor nominated for a record seven Academy Awards without a win. After a long stint of alcoholism - which included being diagnosed with ...

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Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Mickey Mantle Died at 64 (1931-1995) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismMantle, a 20 time All-Star baseball player who spent his entire career with the New York Yankees, noted after his career had ended that alcohol had hurt him both personally and professionally. Towards ...

Veronica Lake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Veronica Lake Died at 51 (1922-1973) - Cause of Death: Acute hepatitisLake was a well known film noir actress known for her hairstyle and femme fatale persona. Her alcoholism combined with mental illness issues led to her decline and eventual death on July 7, 1973.

Ryan Dunn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Ryan Dunn Died at 34 (1977-2011) - Cause of Death: Automobile accidentA star of the MTV series Jackass and Viva La Bam, Dunn was the driver of a car involved in a solo automobile accident that resulted in his death and that of his passenger. His blood alcohol level was ...

Jack Kerouac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Jack Kerouac Died at 47 (1922-1969) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismKerouac, one of the pre-eminent voices of the beat generation, was a gifted writer with a severe drinking problem. He covered a range of topics from spirituality to drugs and poverty, and was lauded for his ...

Billie Holiday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Billie Holiday Died at 44 (1915-1959) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismHoliday, a seminal influence in the fields of jazz and pop singing, was charged with drug possession as she lay dying from heart and liver disease in a New York hospital. She temporarily quit drinking after ...

Hank Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Hank Williams Died at 30 (1923-1953) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismWilliams, a famous country singer whose songs have been covered for generations after his death, died on January 1, 1953 at the age of 29 from hemorrhages brought on by alcoholism.

Errol Flynn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Errol Flynn Died at 50 (1909-1959) - Cause of Death: Heart attackA star of the early days of Hollywood, Flynn turned to alcoholism while sailing his yacht around the world after his welcome in Hollywood productions ended. While in Canada attempting to lease his yacht, ...

Joseph McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Joseph McCarthy Cause of Death: AlcoholismThe US Senator at the head of anti-Communist hearings in the 1950s, McCarthy led witch-hunts to out Communist sympathizers and homosexuals in the US. He died of hepatitis on May 2, 1957.

John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
John Bonham Died at 32 (1948-1980) - Cause of Death: Asphyxiation from VomitBonham, the drummer of rock band Led Zeppelin, went on a bender while the band was rehearsing for a US tour. As was revealed in a coroner's inquest, the musician consumed approximately forty ...

John Barrymore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
John Barrymore Died at 60 (1882-1942) - Cause of Death: Liver, kidney, and heart ailments complicated by pneumonia and alcoholismJohn Barrymore (brother of Lionel and Ethel, grandfather of Drew), star of stage and screen, was one of the pioneering leading men in Hollywood ...

Oliver Reed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Oliver Reed Died at 61 (1938-1999) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismA well regarded actor for decades, Reed had a heart attack and died May 2, 1999 on the set of the movie Gladiator in Malta. 

W. C. Fields is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
W. C. Fields Died at 66 (1880-1946) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismFields was a well liked and well regarded comedian, writer, and actor whose stage and screen persona was so pervasive it was often assumed to be his own. After alcoholism lead to a paucity of parts for the ...

William Holden is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
William Holden Died at 63 (1918-1981) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismAn Academy and Emmy Award winning actor, Holden was one of the biggest leading men of the '50s and appeared in dozens of films in his career. His heavy drinking affected his personal and professional life, ...

Alexander Godunov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Alexander Godunov Died at 46 (1949-1995) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismA ballet dancer who caused an international incident when he defected from the USSR while on tour in the US with the Bolshoi ballet, Godunov found asylum in the US and transitioned easily from dancer to ...

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Michael Elphick is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Michael Elphick Died at 56 (1946-2002) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismA popular British actor, Elphick was known for his croaky voice and prematurely aged visage. At the height of his alcoholism he was said to have consumed two liters of alcohol a day and later died of a heart ...

Barbara Payton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Barbara Payton Died at 40 (1927-1967) - Cause of Death: Liver failureA once promising Hollywood starlet, Payton's hard drinking and excessive partying led to her alienation from the entertainment industry. In her hardest drinking days she had flaps with the law over check ...

Ian Hendry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Ian Hendry Died at 53 (1931-1984) - Cause of Death: Stomach hemorrhageA British actor who starred in several television series and movies, Hendry turned to alcohol later in life and died of a stomach hemorrhage December 24, 1984.

Kevin Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Kevin Lloyd Died at 49 (1949-1998) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismA popular actor who appeared on several British television series, Lloyd was eventually fired from one of the series after constant intoxication led to him failing to learn lines or arrive punctually. He was ...

Julia Bruns is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Julia Bruns Died at 32 (1895-1927) - Cause of Death: Alcohol poisoningA model turned silent film star, Bruns was once called "America's most beautiful girl" before taking to alcohol and drugs. She died of alcohol poisoning December 24, 1927.

Peter Cook is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Peter Cook Died at 58 (1937-1995) - Cause of Death: Gastrointestinal hemorrhageAn influential figure in British comedy, Cook was a controversial comedian who enjoyed success in television and movies. His alcoholism contributed to severe liver damage that led to his ...

Yootha Joyce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Yootha Joyce Died at 53 (1927-1980) - Cause of Death: AlcoholismAn English actress best known for her work in television, Yootha Joyce was the victim of her own success, drinking up to half a bottle of brandy daily for ten years leading to her liver failure on August 24, ...

Ramses Shaffy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism
Ramses Shaffy Died at 76 (1933-2009) - Cause of Death: Esophageal CancerA Dutch singer and actor, the heavy drinker died of esophageal cancer on December 1, 2009.