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List of famous people who died by inhaling vomit, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died by choking on their own vomit are listed alphabetically and include the famous vomit choking victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. We also have celebrity deaths that were never investigated and famous people who drowned.

List of people include Jimi Hendrix, Bon Scott, Tommy Dorsey, Tammy Homolka, and many additional people as well. Some celebrities died from vomiting while sleeping either from drug overdose, while others died from inhaling puke due to alcohol consumption.

These notable vomit inhalation deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has choked on their vomit as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. 

Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died by Inhaling Vomit
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Jimi Hendrix was a musician, singer and songwriter who is considered one of the greatest guitarists and all-around instrumentalists in the history of rock and roll. He is most famous for his songs "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze," and "The Wind Cries Mary." On September 17, 1970, Hendrix drank a bottle of wine with his girlfriend Monika Dannemann and then went to bed. Sometime during the night he consumed 9 of Dannemann's sleeping pills which caused him to vomit into his own mouth, killing him.

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 ...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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#14 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#52 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#76 on The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time

#20 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died by Inhaling Vomit
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John Bonham was the drummer for the rock band Led Zeppelin. In 2011 he was named the "best drummer of all time" by Rolling Stone magazine. On September 24, 1980, while preparing for their upcoming tour, Bonham drank 40 shots of vodka within a 24 hour period and died choking on his own vomit during his sleep. Led Zeppelin broke up afterwards, stating that they didn't want to go on without their friend.

John Henry Bonham was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is considered one of the greatest rock drummers. Rolling Stone readers named him "best ...more

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Age: Died at 32 (1948-1980)

Birthplace: Redditch, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Drummer, Percussionist

Credits: Argo, The Fighter, Ocean's Twelve, The Big Short

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#9 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

#5 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

#39 on The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time

#1 on The Best Drummers of All Time

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Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died by Inhaling Vomit
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Bon Scott, the original lead singer of AC/DC, died on February 15, 1980 after he was left to pass out in a friend's car after a night of heavy drinking. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, having inhaled his vomit sometime during the night. The band replaced him with English singer Brian Johnson soon afterward to record their tribute album to Scott called "Back in Black." The album went on to be the band's most successful, and one of the most successful rock albums of all time.

Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until his death in 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, ...more

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Age: Died at 34 (1946-1980)

Birthplace: Forfar, United Kingdom

Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Lyricist, Singer

Credits: Iron Man 2, Bridesmaids, School of Rock, Megamind

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#25 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#12 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#18 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

#9 on The Greatest Rock Stars Who Died Before 40

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Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died by Inhaling Vomit
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Famous jazz composer Tommy Dorsey died from choking on November 26, 1956. He had taken sleeping pills to help him sleep after a heavy meal. These pills kept him asleep too well, and he never woke up.

Thomas Francis "Tommy" Dorsey, Jr. was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing", because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. Although he was not known for being a notable soloist, his technical skill ...more

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Age: Died at 51 (1905-1956)

Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Bandleader, Trumpeter, Composer, Trombonist

Credits: The Fabulous Dorseys, A Song Is Born, Presenting Lily Mars, Upbeat in Music, Stage Show, + more

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#3 on The Greatest Trombonists of All Time

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