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Drug addiction has tragic consequences, even for the beloved and famous drug users in the world. We also have lists of athletes who were addicted to drugs and celebrities who don't drink or smoke. This is a list of famous people who died of heroin overdose, including pictures, birth dates, professions, and other information. After the shocking death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, people everywhere were confronted with the sad reality of celebrity heroin overdoses and the dangers of being heroin addicts. 

Perhaps worse than other serious drugs like cocaine, heroine addiction can ravage a person's body.  These celebrities who overdosed on heroin are listed by fame and notoriety and include the famous heroin overdose victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Included on the list are famous actors, musicians, and other celebrities like Chris Farley, Philip Seymour Hoffman and more. Other rock stars, movie stars, and singers that died from heroin overdose include Cory Monteith, John Belushi, Sublime lead singer Bradley Norwell, and Janis Joplin.

These notable heroin overdose deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has overdosed on heroin as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. Everyday, people are dying to substance addiction and overdose. 


Philip Seymour Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin
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Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor who was in the film "Capote." He died of an overdose of heroin and other drugs on February 2, 2014 at the age of 46. Hoffman had been sober for 23 years prior to 2012 when he relapsed.

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

Place Of Death: West Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

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

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River Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin
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River Phoenix was an American actor who appeared in the film "Stand By Me." He died of a heroin overdose on October 31, 1993 at the age of 23. He died on the street in front of Johnny Depp's club The Viper Room where he was scheduled to perform. His brother Joaquin, sister Rain and friend Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) were present when he died.

River Jude Phoenix was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, and Liberty Phoenix. Phoenix's work encompassed 24 films and television appearances, including the science fiction adventure film Explorers, the coming-of-age ...more

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Age: Died at 23 (1970-1993)

Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Guitarist, Environmentalist, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

Place Of Death: West Hollywood, California, United States of America

Credits: Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, My Own Private Idaho, The Mosquito Coast

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

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John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin
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John Belushi was an American comedic actor who appeared in the film "Animal House." After a night of partying in Hollywood, he overdosed after injecting a combination of heroin and cocaine into his bloodstream. On March 5, 1982, he was found dead at the Chateau Marmont where he was staying. Belushi was 33 years old.

John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, in his role in the film Animal House and in his recordings and ...more

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Age: Died at 33 (1949-1982)

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Humboldt Park, Illinois

Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor

Place Of Death: West Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida, United States of America

Credits: The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Animal House, 1941

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#25 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin
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Janis Joplin was an American musician who had a number one hit with the song "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin struggled with drug and alcohol addiction for much of her life. On October 4, 1970, she died of a heroin overdose. She was 27 years old.

Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her first ...more

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Age: Died at 27 (1943-1970)

Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Singer

Place Of Death: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Credits: Three Kings, The Dreamers, Watchmen, Little White Lies

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#53 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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#36 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin
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Jim Morrison was an American musician who was the singer of The Doors. On July 3, 1971, Morrison died when he suffered cardiac arrest due to heroin and cocaine use. There was no autopsy done, so the exact details still remain a mystery. Morrison was 27 years old.

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

Place Of Death: Paris, France

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

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#5 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#28 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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Sid Vicious is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin
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Sid Vicious was a British musician who played bass in the band The Sex Pistols. On February 2, 1979, he died of a heroin overdose that may have been intentional. He was charged with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen at the time of his death. Vicious was 21 years old.

Sid Vicious, born John Simon Ritchie, later named John Beverley, was an English bass guitarist, drummer and vocalist, most famous as a member of the influential punk group the Sex Pistols, and notorious for his arrest for the murder of girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Vicious joined the Sex Pistols in ...more

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Age: Died at 22 (1957-1979)

Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Composer Singer

Place Of Death: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

Credits: Goodfellas, The Astronaut's Wife, Sid and Nancy, The Filth and the Fury

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#19 on The Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 30

#45 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

#21 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

#7 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

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Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin
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Mitch Hedberg was an American stand-up comedian who had a cult following and made several appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman." On March 29, 2005, he was found dead with cocaine and heroin both being found in his system. Hedberg was 37 years old.

Mitchell Lee "Mitch" Hedberg was an American stand-up comedian known for his surreal humor and unconventional comedic delivery. His comedy typically featured short, sometimes one-line jokes mixed with absurd elements and non sequiturs. Hedberg's comedy and onstage persona gained him a cult ...more

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Age: Died at 37 (1968-2005)

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Actor

Place Of Death: Livingston, New Jersey, United States of America

Credits: Almost Famous, Lords of Dogtown, Los Enchiladas!, Saddle Rash

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Cory Monteith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin
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Cory Monteith was an American actor who was on the television series "Glee." On July 13, 2013, Monteith died as the result of a toxic combination of alcohol and heroin. He had struggled with addiction as a teen, but his death came as a shock to both his friends and fans. He was 31 years old.

Cory Allan Michael Monteith was a Canadian actor and musician, best known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee. As an actor based in British Columbia, Monteith had minor roles on television series before an audition tape of him singing "Can't Fight This Feeling" helped to ...more

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Age: Died at 31 (1982-2013)

Birthplace: Canada, Calgary

Profession: Musician, Actor

Place Of Death: Vancouver, Canada

Credits: Glee, Monte Carlo, Final Destination 3, Sisters & Brothers

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