overdoses 16 Celebrity Drug Overdoses We Should Have Seen Coming  

Joanne Phillips
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The wildest and craziest celebrities often suffer from drug and alcohol abuse. Here's a list of 16 drug-induced celebrity overdose deaths that, given the star's lifestyle and behavior, we should have seen coming. Celebrities OD more often than we'd like them to, but this list should at least warn us of what we should've seen coming. Video news reports and family/friend stories included next to each celebrity when available. Sadly, there are a lot of famous people with depression, which often ends in tragedy.
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Janis Joplin


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An American singer and songwriter. She experimented with a variety of drugs and drank heavily throughout her life, and died at 27 from a result of heroin overdose and alcohol consumption.

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Age: Died at 27 (1943-1970)

Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Singer

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

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#18 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#56 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#36 on The Best Singers of All Time

#16 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Jim Morrison


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Lead singer for the famous band, The Doors.

Having struggled with with both drug and alcohol abuse throughout his life, Jim Morrison died of a heart attack triggered by an accidental heroin overdose at the age of 27.

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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

#29 on The Best Singers of All Time

#4 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#7 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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John Belushi


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An American comedian, actor, and musician most known for his work on Saturday Night Live.

There were stories that after SNL rehearsals, Belushi would walk unannounced into nearby homes of friends or strangers exhausted, scrounging for food, and often falling asleep unable to be located for the next day's work.

He was found dead on March 5, 1982 due to a speedball, the combined injection of cocaine and heroin.

Age: Died at 33 (1949-1982)

Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor

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

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#12 on The Funniest People of All Time

#54 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#3 on The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

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

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Jimi Hendrix


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Considered by some to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music. He was well-known for his use of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD, and his angry tirades when consumed with alcohol.

A drug-drenched life of rock and roll finally led to a respiratory arrest caused by alcohol, barbituate, and vomit inhalation on September 18, 1970.

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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#47 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#11 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#89 on The Best Singers of All Time

#20 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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