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Famous People Who Died of Barbiturate Overdose

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List of famous people who died of barbiturate overdose, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who overdosed on barbiturates are listed alphabetically and include the famous barbiturate overdose victims’ hometowns and biographical info about them when available. List items include Aimee Semple McPherson, Judy Garland and many additional items as well. These notable barbiturate overdose deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has overdosed on barbiturates as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (9 Items)

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    Notorious sex symbol Marilyn Monroe's death is a very mysterious one. She overdosed on barbiturates on August 5, 1962. It was ruled a suicide, but some believe that it may have been an accident or even foul play. Some conspiracy theorists believe that her death was to keep an affair with president John F. Kennedy silent.
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    Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)
    Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer, Showgirl
    Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Actors Studio, Van Nuys High School
    Height: 5'5"
    Cause Of Death: Barbiturate overdose
    Place Of Death: Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Medical Conditions: Endometriosis
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    Judy Garland was an actress and singer who was most famous for her role as Dorothy in the film "The Wizard of Oz." During her career she suffered from mental illness and alcoholism and was in and out of treatment multiple times. On June 22, 1969, at the age of 47, her husband Mickey Deans found her dead from sleeping pill overdose. Deans told authorities that he didn't believe it was an intentional suicide, and autopsy showed that the pills were taken at different intervals throughout the night. Her funeral was attended by over 20,000 adoring fans.
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    Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)
    Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America
    Profession: Actor, Vaudeville Performer, Singer
    Institution: Hollywood High School, Meglin Dance Studio
    Height: 4'11"
    Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Barbiturate overdose, Barbiturate
    Place Of Death: Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
    Children: Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft
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    Edie Sedgwick was a 1960's "it girl" and model who came to prominence when she appeared in several short films by the artist Andy Warhol. She struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, but managed to get clean when she married her husband Michael Post whom she met in a psychiatric ward. Her sobriety was interrupted when she was given pain meds for an injury, and she overdosed on barbiturates at home on November 15, 1971.
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    Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)
    Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
    Profession: Socialite, Model, Actor, Artist
    Height: 5'4"
    Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Barbiturate overdose, Barbiturate
    Place Of Death: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
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    Aimee Semple McPherson was a famous evangelical preacher and "faith healer" who was covered extensively in the media and was one of the most photographed figures of her time. On September 26, 1944, while planning one of her popular sermons, McPherson called a doctor complaining about feeling sick from her sleeping medication. She was found dead that night from barbituate overdose mixed with kidney failure.
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    Age: Died at 54 (1890-1944)
    Birthplace: South-West Oxford, Canada
    Profession: Evangelist, Televangelist, Preacher
    Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Barbiturate
    Place Of Death: Oakland, California, United States of America
    Children: Rolf McPherson, Roberta Semple Salter
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    Kenneth Williams was an English comedic actor who was most famous for his numerous appearances in the long running film series "Carry On." According to his diaries, Williams was a closeted homosexual which may have contributed to his depression later in his career. On April 15, 1988, he died from an overdose of pills which was ruled an accident.
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    Age: Died at 62 (1926-1988)
    Birthplace: Islington, London, United Kingdom
    Profession: Comedian, Actor, Presenter
    Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Barbiturate
    Place Of Death: London Borough of Camden, London, United Kingdom
    Medical Conditions: Hypochondriasis
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    Margaret Sullavan was a famous actress who appeared in many films alongside James Stewart. She had a successful film career until the she was found dead from barbiturate overdose at age 50. She was reading the script to her next movie at the time, so it is widely assumed that her death was an accidental overdose. As a tribute to her life and work, she was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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    Age: Died at 51 (1909-1960)
    Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    Profession: Actor
    Height: 5'2"
    Cause Of Death: Barbiturate overdose
    Place Of Death: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
    Children: Brooke Hayward, Bridget Hayward, William Hayward
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