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

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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

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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: Washington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America, + more

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Sid Vicious


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The bassist of the Sex Pistols and inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ten days after a drug-stained stabbing of Nancy Spungen on October 12, 1978, Sid Vicious attempted suicide by unsuccessfully slitting his wrists.

However, it was on February 1, 1979 at his post-bail party that Sid overdosed on heroin and was found dead with a suicide note in his jacket.

See his behavior in this video report.

Age: Died at 22 (1957-1979)

Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

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