Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose People

Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose

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Addiction is a life-threatening disease, as evidenced by this list of famous people who died of drug overdose, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who overdosed on drugs are listed alphabetically and include the famous drug overdose victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. These notable drug overdose deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers.

Some of the biggest names in entertainment, especially rock stars, have died of a drug overdose. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison are among a few rockers who bit the big one early. Heath Ledger did as well, and wasn't alive to see that he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Dark Knight. Funnymen John Belushi and Chris Farley also died of drug overdoses.

Everyone on this list has overdosed on drugs as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. From celebrity heroin addictions to coke binges, hopefully we can learn a lesson from the actors, politicians, and musicians who died too young from drugs.

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    Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract ...more

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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
    • Credits: Some Like It Hot, All About Eve, The Misfits, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, + more
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    Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress, and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, winning the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for fashion companies and also hair campaigns, including Guess, H&M, Heatherette, Lane Bryant & Conair. Smith dropped out of high ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1967-2007)
    • Birthplace: Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Stripper, Adult model, Film Producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: Be Cool, The Hudsucker Proxy, Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, The Anna Nicole Show, Larry King Live, + more
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    Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. Respected ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)
    • Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Vaudeville Performer, Singer
    • Credits: The Wizard of Oz, P.S. I Love You, Judgment at Nuremberg, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Family Stone, + more
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    James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, poet and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Due to his songwriting, baritone voice, wild personality and performances, he is regarded by critics and fans as one of the most iconic and influential frontmen in rock music ...more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Love Her Madly, Lion’s Love, HWY: An American Pastoral, Feast of Friends, Induction, + more
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    Corey Haim
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    Corey Ian Haim was a Canadian actor, known for a 1980s Hollywood career as a teen idol. He starred in a number of films, such as Lucas, Silver Bullet, Murphy's Romance, License to Drive, and Dream a Little Dream. His best-known role was alongside Corey Feldman in The Lost Boys, which made Haim a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1971-2010)
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Painter, Musician, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: The Lost Boys, Silver Bullet, Lucas, License to Drive, Crank: High Voltage, + more
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    Heath Ledger
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    Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. After performing roles in Australian television and film during the 1990s, Ledger left for the United States in 1998 to develop his film career. His work comprised nineteen films, including 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, A Knight's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1979-2008)
    • Birthplace: Perth, Australia
    • Profession: Actor, Music video director
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, Brokeback Mountain, The Patriot, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, + more
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    James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1942-1970)
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Woodstock, Monterey Pop, All My Loving, Jimi Hendrix, The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Monterey, + more
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    Chris Farley
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    Christopher Crosby "Chris" Farley was an American comedian and actor. Farley was known for his loud, energetic comedic style, and was a member of Chicago's Second City Theatre and cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995. Farley and Chris Rock were introduced ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1964-1997)
    • Birthplace: Madison, USA, Wisconsin
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Wayne's World, Billy Madison, Tommy Boy, Coneheads, Black Sheep, + more
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    Lenny Bruce
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    Leonard Alfred Schneider, better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic and satirist. He was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of comedy which integrated satire, politics, religion, sex, and vulgarity. His 1964 conviction in an obscenity ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1925-1966)
    • Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: The Cape Canaveral Monsters, Dance Hall Racket, Thank You Mask Man, The Lenny Bruce Performance Film, Broadway Open House
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    Dorothy Dandridge
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    Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an African-American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones. Dandridge performed as a vocalist in venues ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1922-1965)
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Pin-up girl, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Porgy and Bess, Carmen Jones, Island in the Sun, Lady from Louisiana, Remains to Be Seen, + more
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    Curt Hennig
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    Curtis Michael "Curt" Hennig was an American professional wrestler, manager, and color commentator who performed under his real name for the American Wrestling Association, the World Wrestling Federation, World Championship Wrestling, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. In the WWF, he found his greatest ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1958-2003)
    • Birthplace: Robbinsdale, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Wrestler, Actor
    • Credits: Ready to Rumble, WCW Monday Nitro, Saturday Night's Main Event, AWA All-Star Wrestling, WWF Prime Time Wrestling
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    Dana Michelle Plato was an American actress notable for playing the role of Kimberly Drummond on the U.S. television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes from 1978 to 1986. After leaving the cast of Diff'rent Strokes, Plato attempted to establish herself as a working actress, with mixed success: she worked ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1964-1999)
    • Birthplace: Maywood
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Diff'rent Strokes, Exorcist II: The Heretic, High School U.S.A., California Suite, Different Strokes, + more
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    Keith John Moon was an English drummer who played with the English rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers' poll. His drumming continues to be ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1946-1978)
    • Birthplace: Wembley, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Woodstock, Tommy, The Kids Are Alright, Sextette, 200 Motels, + more
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    Greg Giraldo
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    Gregory C. "Greg" Giraldo was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. Giraldo was best known for his appearances on Comedy Central's televised roast specials, and for his work on that network's television shows Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1965-2010)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Stand-up comedian, + more
    • Credits: Common Law, Z Rock, The Colin Quinn Show, Eventual Wife, Dave Attell's Insomniac Tour, + more
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    Donyale Luna
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    Donyale Luna was an American model and actress. In 1966, Luna became the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue. She also appeared in several underground films by Andy Warhol, and had roles in Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?, and most notably as Enotea in the 1969 Federico Fellini film Fellini ...more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1945-1979)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Skidoo
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    Jean Seberg
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    Jean Dorothy Seberg was an American actress. She starred in 34 films in Hollywood and in Europe, including Saint Joan, Breathless, Lilith, Moment to Moment, A Fine Madness, Paint Your Wagon, Airport, Macho Callahan, and Gang War in Naples. Seberg is also one of the best-known targets of the FBI ...more

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    • Age: Died at 41 (1938-1979)
    • Birthplace: USA, Marshalltown, Iowa
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Breathless, Airport, Paint Your Wagon, The Mouse That Roared, Lilith, + more
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    Truman Capote
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    Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, screenwriter, playwright, actor, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and the true crime novel In Cold Blood, which he labeled a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1924-1984)
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Annie Hall, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Murder by Death, The Innocents, In Cold Blood, + more
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    George Sanders
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    George Henry Sanders was an English film and television actor, singer-songwriter, music composer, and author. His career as an actor spanned more than 40 years. His upper-class English accent and bass voice often led him to be cast as sophisticated but villainous characters. He is perhaps best known as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1906-1972)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Author, Actor, Composer
    • Credits: The Jungle Book, All About Eve, Rebecca, A Shot in the Dark, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, + more
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    Hiram King "Hank" Williams, Sr. was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential singers and songwriters of the 20th Century, Williams recorded 35 singles that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 30 (1923-1953)
    • Birthplace: Mount Olive, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author
    • Credits: Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave, Forever Is a Long, Long Time
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    John Alec Entwistle was an English musician, songwriter, singer, film and music producer, who was best known as the bass guitarist for English rock band The Who. He was the only member of the band to have formal musical training. His aggressive lead sound influenced many rock bass players. He was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1944-2002)
    • Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Woodstock, Tommy, The Kids Are Alright, The Who & Special Guests: Live at the Royal Albert Hall, Classic Albums: The Who – Who's Next, + more
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