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Famous People Who Overdosed on Heroin

Drug addiction has tragic consequences, even for the beloved and famous drug users in the world. 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.

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. 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.


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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 film ... more on Wikipedia
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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
    • Credits: Stand by Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sneakers, My Own Private Idaho, Explorers + 16 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 33 (1949-1982)
    • Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: The Blues Brothers, National Lampoon's Animal House, Saturday Night Live, 1941, Continental Divide + 9 more
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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.
    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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 33 (1964-1997)
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Stunt Performer, Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Wayne's World, Billy Madison, Tommy Boy, Coneheads, Black Sheep + 6 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 27 (1943-1970)
    • Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Singer
    • Credits: Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Festival Express, The Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, Keep On Rockin' + 5 more
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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 teenager, ... more on Wikipedia
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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: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Boogie Nights + 53 more
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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 on Wikipedia
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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
    • Credits: Love Her Madly, Lion’s Love, HWY: An American Pastoral, Feast of Friends, Induction + 1 more
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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 early ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 22 (1957-1979)
    • Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Musician, Composer, Singer
    • Credits: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Mr. Mike's Mondo Video
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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 following, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 37 (1968-2005)
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Almost Famous, Lords of Dogtown, Mitch Hedberg: Mitch All Together, Los Enchiladas!, Saddle Rash + 2 more
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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 land ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 31 (1982-2013)
    • Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
    • Profession: Musician, Actor
    • Credits: Glee, Final Destination 3, The Invisible, Deck the Halls, Monte Carlo + 15 more
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    Layne Staley was an American musician who was the singer for the band Alice in Chains. Staley struggled with addiction for much of his life. On April 5, 2002, Staley died after overdosing on a combination of illegal drugs. He was 34 years old.
    Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. The ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 35 (1967-2002)
    • Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist
    • Credits: Singles, The Nona Tapes
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    Brad Renfro was an American actor who appeared in the film "Apt Pupil." He struggled with drug addiction throughout much of his life. On January 15, 2008, he died due to acute heroin/morphine intoxication. He was 25 years old.
    Brad Barron Renfro was an American actor and musician. He made his film debut at the age of eleven in the lead role of Joel Schumacher's The Client, going on to star in 21 feature films, several short films, and two television episodes. However his career faded rapidly due to alcoholism and substance ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 26 (1982-2008)
    • Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Sleepers, Ghost World, Recess, The Jacket, The Client + 19 more
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    Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist who was a member of SAMO. On August 12, 1988, He died of a heroin overdose on the age of 27. Fellow artist Keith Haring created "Pile of Crowns for Jean-Michel Basquiat" in his honor.
    Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist, musician, and producer. He first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti group who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late 1970s where the hip hop, post-punk and street art movements ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 28 (1960-1988)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Street artist, Painter, Poet, Musician, Music Producer + 1 more
    • Credits: Downtown 81
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    Bradley Nowell was an American musician who was the frontman in the band Sublime. Nowell struggled with heroin addiction for much of his life. On May 25, 1996, he died of a heroin overdose at the age of 28. Sublime were about to embark on world tour the morning of his death.
    Bradley James Nowell was an American musician who served as the founder, lead singer, and guitarist of the band Sublime. He died at the age of 28 from a heroin overdose shortly before the release of Sublime's self-titled major label debut. Raised in Long Beach, California, Nowell developed an interest ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 28 (1968-1996)
    • Birthplace: Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
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    Dee Dee Ramone was an American musician who played bass in the band the Ramones. He struggled with drug addiction for much of his life. On June 5, 2002, he was found dead of a heroin overdose at the age of 50.
    Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American songwriter and musician, best known as founding member, songwriter and bassist for punk rock band the Ramones. Though nearly all of the Ramones' songs were credited equally to all the band members, Dee Dee was the band's ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 51 (1951-2002)
    • Birthplace: Fort Lee, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Bassist, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician
    • Credits: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, Bikini Bandits Experience, Johnny Thunders: What About Me, Bikini Bandits: Briefs, Shorts & Panties + 3 more
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    Peaches Geldof was a British model who was the daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates. She struggled with addiction for much of her life, but she appeared to be sober in the months leading up to her death. She died of a heroin overdose on April 7, 2014. She was 25 years old.

    Her mother Paula Yates also died of a heroin overdose.
    Peaches Honeyblossom Geldof-Cohen was an English journalist, television presenter and model. She was the second daughter of musician and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, and the television presenter Paula Yates. Raised in London, Geldof was educated at Queen's College after her parents' divorce in 1996, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 25 (1989-2014)
    • Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Socialite, Journalist, Model, Broadcaster, Presenter
    • Credits: Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack, A Beginner's Guide to Islam
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    Elisa Bridges was an American model and Playboy Playmate. On February 7, 2002, she was found dead due to acute intoxication by the combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam. Bridges was 28 years old.
    Elisa Rebeca Bridges was an American actress and model. She is Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for December 1994, and Playboy's Video Playmate of the Month for September 1996. She appeared in several video productions from Playboy Home Video from 1996 to 2000. She also appeared as a model for ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 29 (1973-2002)
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Nude Glamour Model
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    Bridgette Andersen was an American child actress who appeared in "Savannah Smiles." She struggled with addiction in her teen years and died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and heroin on May 18, 1997. Andersen was 21 years old.
    Bridgette Andersen was an American child actress best known for her part in the title role of the 1982 comedy Savannah Smiles. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 22 (1975-1997)
    • Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Savannah Smiles, Faerie Tale Theatre, The Parent Trap II, Fever Pitch, Gun Shy + 1 more
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    Paula Yates was a British TV host who appeared on "The Big Breakfast." After two years of sobriety, she died of a heroin overdose on September 17, 2000. She was 41 years old.

    Yate's daughter Peaches Geldof also died of a heroin overdose.
    Paula Elizabeth Yates was a British television presenter and writer, best known for her work on two television programmes, The Tube and The Big Breakfast. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 41 (1959-2000)
    • Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Writer, Presenter
    • Credits: The Big Breakfast, The Tube
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    Jan Paul Beahm, AKA Darby Crash, was an American musician who co-founded the Germs. He struggled with depression and addiction for much of his life. He died of an intentional heroin overdose on December 7, 1980. He was 22 years old.
    Darby Crash was an American punk rock vocalist and songwriter who, along with long-time friend Pat Smear, co-founded Germs. He committed suicide by way of an intentional heroin overdose. In the years since his suicide at the age of 22, Germs have attained legendary status among punk rock fans and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 22 (1958-1980)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Singer
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    Debbie Linden was a British model and actress who appeared in the television series "Just Good Friends." She struggled with addiction for many years. On October 5, 1997, she died of a heroin overdose at the age of 36.
    Debbie Linden was a British glamour model and actress best known for her role as old Mr Grace's secretary in the sitcom Are You Being Served?. Born in Glasgow, she played roles in various other TV series, such as The Professionals, Just Good Friends, Bergerac, and The Bill; she appeared in several ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1961-1997)
    • Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Home Before Midnight
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