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This thorough list details the many celebrity drug related deaths and famous drug overdoses. There is nothing more cliche than the depiction of rampant drug and alcohol abuse by the Hollywood elite. Unfortunately, this is one cliche that hits the mark more than we'd like to believe. Celebrity drug deaths are all too frequent. Deaths from drug use are a rampant problem here in the states, both overdose and health issues created by drug use increase this statistic. These famous drug fueled deaths should illustrate a need to control drug usage or stop it all together. Famous overdoses have the power to bring awareness to this horrible problem. 

If you know of celebrity overdoses and famous drug related deaths that are not on the list, you can add them or call them out in the comments, to make this list of drug related deaths completely comprehensive.

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Cory Monteith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Cory Monteith Died at 31 (1982-2013) - 31-year-old star of Glee, accidentally overdosed on heroin

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Brian Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Brian Adams Died at 43 (1964-2007) - Professional wrestler, accidental overdose of painkillers.

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Nick Adams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Nick Adams Died at 37 (1931-1968) - Actor, death officially certified as "accidental-suicidal and undetermined", high levels of sedatives found in his blood.

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Stuart Adamson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Stuart Adamson Died at 43 (1958-2001) - Musician, Big Country, self-asphyxiation under the influence of alcohol.

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Mike Von Erich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Mike Von Erich Died at 23 (1964-1987) - Professional wrestler, suicide, overdosed on tranquilizers.

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Ryunosuke Akutagawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Ryunosuke Akutagawa Died at 35 (1892-1927) - Writer, committed suicide by overdosing on veronal.

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GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
GG Allin Died at 37 (1956-1993) - Punk musician, heroin overdose.

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Bridgette Andersen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Bridgette Andersen Died at 22 (1975-1997) - Former child actress, alcohol and heroin overdose.

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Pier Angeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Pier Angeli Died at 39 (1932-1971) - Actress, died of anaphylactic shock after being given a tranquilizer by her doctor.

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Matthew Ansara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Matthew Ansara Died at 36 (1965-2001) - Actor, heroin overdose.

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Chris Antley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Chris Antley Died at 34 (1966-2000) - Champion horse-racing jockey, multiple drug overdose and injuries likely related to a fall caused by the drugs.

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West Arkeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
West Arkeen Died at 37 (1960-1997) - Musician, drug overdose.

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Howard Arkley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Howard Arkley Died at 48 (1951-1999) - Painter, heroin overdose.

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Kevyn Aucoin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Kevyn Aucoin Died at 40 (1962-2002) - Photographer & make-up artist, kidney and liver failure due to Tylenol toxicity, as a result of a prescription painkiller addiction.

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Lester Bangs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Lester Bangs Died at 34 (1948-1982) - Music critic, musician, an overdose of Darvon and Valium and NyQuil.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Jean-Michel Basquiat Died at 28 (1960-1988) - Painter, heroin overdose.

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Scotty Beckett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Scotty Beckett Died at 39 (1929-1968) - American former child actor, suspected overdose.

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Steve Bechler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Steve Bechler Died at 24 (1979-2003) - Major League Baseball pitcher, died of a heatstroke, the coroner indicated that "the toxicity of ephedra played a signifcant role" among many factors in contributing to his death.

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
John Belushi Died at 33 (1949-1982) - Of the Blues Brothers, actor, and comedian, heroin and cocaine overdose

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Wes Berggren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Wes Berggren Died at 28 (1971-1999) - Musician, Tripping Daisy.

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Leah Betts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Leah Betts Died at 18 (1977-1995) - Schoolgirl, ecstasy related.

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Len Bias is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Len Bias Died at 23 (1963-1986) - Basketball player; died of cocaine overdose before ever playing in the NBA.

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Bam Bam Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Bam Bam Bigelow Died at 46 (1961-2007) - Professional wrestler, toxic levels of cocaine and anti anxiety drug.

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Gottfried von Bismarck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Gottfried von Bismarck Died at 45 (1962-2007) - Aristocrat, cocaine overdose.

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Mike Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Mike Bloomfield Died at 38 (1943-1981) - Blues guitarist, heroin overdose.

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Tommy Bolin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Tommy Bolin Died at 25 (1951-1976) - Musician, Deep Purple, drugs overdose.

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Christopher Bowman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Christopher Bowman Died at 41 (1967-2008) - Former professional ice skater, drug overdose.

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Elisa Bridges is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Elisa Bridges Died at 29 (1973-2002) - Model, acute intoxication-combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam.

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Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Lenny Bruce Died at 41 (1925-1966) - Comedian, morphine overdose.

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Tim Buckley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Tim Buckley Died at 28 (1947-1975) - Rock and roll musician, heroin overdose.

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Chad Butler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Chad Butler age 43 - -rap musician, accidental overdose of Promethazine/Codeine "syrup" mixed with a pre-existing medical condition, sleep apnea.

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Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Paul Butterfield Died at 45 (1942-1987) - Musician, sources report drug related heart failure or simply drug overdose

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Andrés Caicedo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Andrés Caicedo Died at 26 (1951-1977) - Writer, drug overdose, consumed 60 pills of Secobarbital.

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Casey Calvert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Casey Calvert Died at 26 (1981-2007) - Guitarist of Hawthorne Heights, accidental drug overdose through mixture of opiates, citalopram, and clonazepam.

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Ken Caminiti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Ken Caminiti Died at 41 (1963-2004) - Former Major League Baseball player; acute cocaine and opiates intoxication.

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Max Cantor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Max Cantor Died at 32 (1959-1991) - Actor, journalist who researched addicts in New York, heroin overdose.

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Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Truman Capote Died at 60 (1924-1984) - Writer, liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication.

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Vic Chesnutt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Vic Chesnutt Died at 45 (1964-2009) - Musician, overdose of prescription medication(suicide)

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Steve Clark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Steve Clark Died at 31 (1960-1991) - Musician, Def Leppard, accidental lethal overdose of codeine, along with valium and morphine and alcohol at more than 3 times the legal British limit

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Bob Collins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Bob Collins Died at 61 (1946-2007) - Politician, suicide from prescription drugs and alcohol.

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Natasha Collins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Natasha Collins Died at 32 (1976-2008) - Actress-cocaine overdose

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Brian Cole is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Brian Cole Died at 30 (1942-1972) - Musician, the Association, heroin overdose.

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Megan Connolly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Megan Connolly Died at 27 (1974-2001) - Actress, heroin overdose.

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Pamela Courson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Pamela Courson Died at 28 (1946-1974) - Common law wife of Jim Morrison of The Doors, heroin overdose.

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Carl Crack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Carl Crack Died at 30 (1971-2001) - Musician, Atari Teenage Riot, drug overdose.

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Jan Paul Beahm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Jan Paul Beahm Died at 22 (1958-1980) - Punk musician, of The Germs, heroin overdose, reported as suicide.

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Robbin Crosby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Robbin Crosby Died at 43 (1959-2002) - Musician with Ratt, reported causes of his death include heroin overdose,

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Dalida is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dalida Died at 54 (1933-1987) - Singer, suicide, barbiturates overdose.

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Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dorothy Dandridge Died at 43 (1922-1965)

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Jesse Ed Davis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Jesse Ed Davis Died at 44 (1944-1988) - Guitarist, session musician, drug overdose.