Death

Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses

This thorough list details the many celebrity drug related deaths and famous drug overdoses. There is nothing more cliche than the depiction of rampant drug and alcohol abuse by the Hollywood elite. Unfortunately, this is one cliche that hits the mark more than we'd like to believe. Celebrity drug deaths are all too frequent. Deaths from drug use are a rampant problem here in the states, both overdose and health issues created by drug use increase this statistic. These famous drug fueled deaths should illustrate a need to control drug usage or stop it all together. Famous overdoses have the power to bring awareness to this horrible problem. 

If you know of celebrity overdoses and famous drug related deaths that are not on the list, you can add them or call them out in the comments, to make this list of drug related deaths completely comprehensive.

  • Cory Monteith
    Dec. at 31 (1982-2013)
    • Birthplace: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    31-year-old star of Glee, accidentally overdosed on heroin
  • Brian Adams
    Dec. at 43 (1964-2007)
    • Birthplace: USA, Hawaii, Kailua
    Professional wrestler, accidental overdose of painkillers.
  • Nick Adams
    Dec. at 36 (1931-1968)
    • Birthplace: Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    Actor, death officially certified as "accidental-suicidal and undetermined", high levels of sedatives found in his blood.
  • Stuart Adamson
    Dec. at 43 (1958-2001)
    • Birthplace: Manchester, United Kingdom
    Musician, Big Country, self-asphyxiation under the influence of alcohol.
  • Mike Von Erich
    Dec. at 23 (1964-1987)
    • Birthplace: Dallas, Texas
    Professional wrestler, suicide, overdosed on tranquilizers.
  • Ryunosuke Akutagawa
    Dec. at 35 (1892-1927)
    • Birthplace: East Asia, Tokyo, Asia, Japan
    Writer, committed suicide by overdosing on veronal.
  • Bridgette Andersen
    Dec. at 21 (1975-1997)
    • Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Former child actress, alcohol and heroin overdose.
  • Pier Angeli
    Dec. at 39 (1932-1971)
    • Birthplace: Cagliari, Italy
    Actress, died of anaphylactic shock after being given a tranquilizer by her doctor.
  • Matthew Ansara
    Dec. at 35 (1965-2001)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
    Actor, heroin overdose.
  • Chris Antley
    Dec. at 34 (1966-2000)
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
    Champion horse-racing jockey, multiple drug overdose and injuries likely related to a fall caused by the drugs.
  • Dec. at 36 (1960-1997)
      Musician, drug overdose.
    • Dec. at 48 (1951-1999)
      • Birthplace: Australia
      Painter, heroin overdose.
    • Kevyn Aucoin
      Dec. at 40 (1962-2002)
      • Birthplace: USA, Shreveport, Louisiana
      Photographer & make-up artist, kidney and liver failure due to Tylenol toxicity, as a result of a prescription painkiller addiction.
    • Lester Bangs
      Dec. at 33 (1948-1982)
      • Birthplace: Escondido, California
      Music critic, musician, an overdose of Darvon and Valium and NyQuil.
    • Jean-Michel Basquiat
      Dec. at 27 (1960-1988)
      • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
      Painter, heroin overdose.
    • Scotty Beckett
      Dec. at 38 (1929-1968)
      • Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA
      American former child actor, suspected overdose.
    • Dec. at 23 (1979-2003)
      • Birthplace: Medford, Oregon
      Major League Baseball pitcher, died of a heatstroke, the coroner indicated that "the toxicity of ephedra played a signifcant role" among many factors in contributing to his death.
    • John Belushi
      Dec. at 33 (1949-1982)
      • Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
      Of the Blues Brothers, actor, and comedian, heroin and cocaine overdose
    • Wes Berggren
      Dec. at 28 (1971-1999)
      • Birthplace: Texas
      Musician, Tripping Daisy.
    • Dec. at 18 (1977-1995)
      • Birthplace: Essex, United Kingdom
      Schoolgirl, ecstasy related.
    • Len Bias
      Dec. at 22 (1963-1986)
      • Birthplace: Landover, Maryland, United States of America
      Basketball player; died of cocaine overdose before ever playing in the NBA.
    • Bam Bam Bigelow
      Dec. at 45 (1961-2007)
        Professional wrestler, toxic levels of cocaine and anti anxiety drug.
      • Gottfried von Bismarck
        Dec. at 44 (1962-2007)
        • Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium
        Aristocrat, cocaine overdose.
      • Mike Bloomfield
        Dec. at 37 (1943-1981)
        • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
        Blues guitarist, heroin overdose.
      • Tommy Bolin
        Dec. at 25 (1951-1976)
        • Birthplace: USA, Sioux City, Iowa
        Musician, Deep Purple, drugs overdose.