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Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin

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List of famous people who died of heroin overdose, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. With the recent death of Philip Seymour Hoffman there has been a lot of talk about celebrity heroin overdoses. 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. List features Chris Farley, Philip Seymour Hoffman and more. 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. (64 People)

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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.

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    Age: Died at 23 (1970-1993)
    Birthplace: Madras, Oregon, United States of America
    Profession: Activist, Guitarist, Environmentalist, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 1 more
    Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Drug overdose, Cocaine overdose, Heroin overdose, Combined drug intoxication
    Place Of Death: West Hollywood, California, United States of America
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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.

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    Age: Died at 33 (1949-1982)
    Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor
    Schools: College of DuPage, Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Cause Of Death: Heroin overdose
    Place Of Death: West Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida, United States of America
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    Chris Farley was a comedic actor who appeared in the film "Tommy Boy." On December 18, 1997, Farley overdosed on a combination of heroin and cocaine. He was 33 years old.

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    Age: Died at 33 (1964-1997)
    Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    Profession: Stunt Performer, Comedian, Actor
    Schools: Edgewood High School of the Sacred Heart, Marquette University
    Cause Of Death: Drug overdose, Morphine, Heroin overdose
    Place Of Death: Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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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.

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    Age: Died at 27 (1943-1970)
    Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America
    Profession: Songwriter, Singer
    Schools: University of Texas at Austin, Memorial High School, Lamar University
    Cause Of Death: Heroin overdose
    Place Of Death: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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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.

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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
    Schools: Fairport High School, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
    Cause Of Death: Combined drug intoxication
    Place Of Death: West Village, New York City, New York, United States of America
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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.

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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 + 4 more
    Schools: St. Petersburg College, University of California, Los Angeles, Alameda High School, Florida State University + 1 more
    Cause Of Death: Heart failure, Drug overdose
    Place Of Death: Paris, France
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