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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. You might also be interested in athletes who used to be drug addicts and celebs who were found dead in the bathroom. 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.

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 ...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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#80 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson ...more

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Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: This Is It, Michael Jackson: Thriller, The Wiz, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory

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#5 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#24 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#3 on The Best Singers of All Time

#27 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Anna Nicole Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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. ...more

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Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA

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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#25 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#88 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#55 on The Best Singers of All Time

#26 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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Prince Roger Nelson, known by his mononym Prince, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. A major figure in popular music for over three decades, Prince is renowned as an innovator and is widely-known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence and wide vocal range. ...more

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Age: Died at 57 (1958-2016)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: Batman, Happy Feet, Showgirls, Purple Rain

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#18 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#37 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#27 on The Best Singers of All Time

#61 on The Best Metal Guitarists and Guitar Teams

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Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer of film and theater. Best known for his supporting and character roles – typically lowlifes, bullies, and misfits – Hoffman was a regular presence in films from the early 1990s until his death at age 46. Drawn to theater as a ...more

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Age: Died at 47 (1967-2014)

Birthplace: Fairport, New York, United States of America

Profession: Theatre Director, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Capote, Doubt, Charlie Wilson's War, The Master

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#53 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#46 on The Best Actors in Film History

#2 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#80 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 7 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, Florida, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Cast Away, The Doors, Minions, Girl Interrupted

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#5 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#30 on The Best Singers of All Time

#4 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#2 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

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Corey Haim is listed (or ranked) 8 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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#22 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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