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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire
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    Anna Nicole Smith

    Anna Nicole Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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: The Anna Nicole Show, Anna Nicole Smith: Exposed, Playboy Video Centerfold: Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy Video Playmate Calendar 1994
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    Judy Garland

    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, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, A Star Is Born
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    Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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, USA, Florida
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Cast Away, The Doors, Minions, Girl, Interrupted
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    Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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: Lucas, The Lost Boys, License to Drive, Crank: High Voltage
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    Heath Ledger

    Heath Ledger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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: 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight's Tale, Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight
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    Jimi Hendrix

    Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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: Almost Famous, Wayne's World, Point Break, Minions
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    Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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: Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep, Wayne's World 2
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