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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.
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Teri Diver is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Teri Diver Died at 30 (1971-2001) pornographic actress, accidental drug overdose Teri Diver was an American pornstar and director. She died of an accidental drug overdose.

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Kiki Djan is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Kiki Djan Died at 47 (1957-2004) Musician, AIDS and drugs related complications. Kiki Gyan, also known as Kiki Djan, was a Ghanaian musician. He was the keyboardist of the band Osibisa, once popular in the 1970s. He also recorded and produced a series of disco records. He ...more

DJ Screw is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
DJ Screw Died at 29 (1971-2000) Robert Earl Davis, Jr., better known by his stage name DJ Screw, was an American hip hop DJ who was based in Houston, Texas. He was known as a central figure in the Houston hip hop community and ...more

Desmond Donnelly is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Desmond Donnelly Died at 54 (1920-1974) Politician/ businessman/ journalist, suicide under influence of alcohol/ overdose of barbiturates. Desmond Louis Donnelly was a British politician, author and journalist who was a member of four different political parties during the course of his career, and moved between parties on five ...more

Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Tommy Dorsey Died at 51 (1905-1956) Jazz musician and bandleader, choked to death while sleeping with the aid of drugs. 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 ...more

John Dougherty is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
John Dougherty Died at 48 (1857-1905) Musician, Flipper, heroin overdose. John Dougherty was a U.S. Representative from Missouri. Born in Iatan, Missouri, Dougherty moved with his parents the same year to Liberty, Missouri. He attended the public schools and William ...more

Eric Douglas is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Eric Douglas Died at 46 (1958-2004) Stand-up comedian, "acute intoxication" by the effects of alcohol, tranquilizers and painkillers. Eric Anthony Douglas was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Douglas was the youngest son of actor Kirk Douglas and his second wife Anne Buydens. One of his half-siblings was Academy ...more

Nick Drake is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Nick Drake Died at 26 (1948-1974) Musician, anti-depressant overdose, disputed suicide. Nicholas Rodney Drake — known as Nick Drake — was an English singer-songwriter and musician, known for his acoustic guitar-based songs. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime but ...more

Michael Dransfield is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Michael Dransfield Died at 25 (1948-1973) Poet, sources report conflicting causes of death, including infection related to drug use and "acute broncho-pneumonia and brain damage". Michael Dransfield was an Australian poet active in the 1960s and early 1970s who wrote close to 1,000 poems. He has been described as "one of the most widely read poets of his

Kevin DuBrow is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Kevin DuBrow Died at 52 (1955-2007) Rock vocalist, cocaine overdose. Kevin Mark DuBrow was an American rock singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Quiet Riot from 1975 until 1987, and again from 1990 until his death in 2007.

Bobby Duncum, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Bobby Duncum, Jr. Died at 35 (1965-2000) Professional wrestler, prescription drug overdose. Bobby Edward Duncum Jr. was an American professional wrestler. He was best known for his stint in World Championship Wrestling as a member of the West Texas Rednecks.

Anthony Durante is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Anthony Durante Died at 36 (1967-2003) Professional wrestler, fentanyl overdose. Anthony Durante was a professional wrestler best known as "Pitbull #2" as one half of the tag team The Pitbulls, with "Pitbull #1" Gary Wolfe.

Jeanne Eagels is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Jeanne Eagels Died at 39 (1890-1929) Actress, alcohol and/or heroin abuse. Jeanne Eagels was an American actress on Broadway and in several motion pictures. She was a former Ziegfeld Follies Girl who went on to greater fame on Broadway and in the emerging medium of ...more

John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
John Entwistle Died at 58 (1944-2002) Musician, bassist for the Who, died from heart failure brought upon by cocaine use. John Alec Entwistle was an English musician, songwriter, singer, film and music producer, who was best known as the bass guitarist for English rock band The Who. He was the only member of the ...more

Brian Epstein is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Brian Epstein Died at 33 (1934-1967) Manager of The Beatles, accidental sleeping pill overdose. Brian Samuel Epstein was an English music entrepreneur, best known for managing the Beatles. Epstein first discovered the Beatles in November 1961, during a lunchtime Cavern Club performance. He ...more

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Howie Epstein is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Howie Epstein Died at 48 (1955-2003) Musician, ex-bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, heroin overdose. Howard Norman "Howie" Epstein was a musician best known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as a bassist.

Chris Farley is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Chris Farley Died at 33 (1964-1997) Comedian, cocaine and heroin overdose 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 ...more

Pete Farndon is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Pete Farndon Died at 31 (1952-1983) Musician, the Pretenders, drowned/ heroin overdose. Peter Granville "Pete" Farndon was an English bassist and founding member of the rock band the Pretenders. Farndon attended Hereford Cathedral School in his home city of Hereford, ...more

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Rainer Werner Fassbinder Died at 37 (1945-1982) Playwright, director, cocaine overdose(possible suicide) Rainer Werner Fassbinder was a German film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is one of the most important figures in the New German Cinema. Fassbinder maintained a frenetic pace in ...more

Brenda Fassie is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Brenda Fassie Died at 40 (1964-2004) Singer, initial press reports cited complications of asthma attack while a later autopsy "mentioned cocaine overdose". Brenda Nokuzola Fassie was a South African anti-apartheid Afropop singer. Her bold stage antics earned a reputation for "outrageousness". Affectionately called MaBrrr by her fans, she ...more

Althea Flynt is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Althea Flynt Died at 34 (1953-1987) Co-publisher of Hustler magazine, drowned after passing out after drug overdose. Althea Flynt was the fourth wife of Larry Flynt and the co-publisher of Flynt's pornography magazine, Hustler.

Zac Foley is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Zac Foley Died at 32 (1970-2002) Musician, EMF, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, barbiturates and alcohol in bloodstream. Zac Foley was a musician and a member of EMF.

Katy French is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Katy French Died at 24 (1983-2007) Model and socialite, cocaine use. Katy Ellen French was an Irish socialite, model, writer, television personality and charity worker. According to the BBC, "in the space of less than two years, she had become one of ...more

Sigmund Freud is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Sigmund Freud Died at 83 (1856-1939) Neurologist, long-term cocaine use, physician assisted morphine overdose Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist, now known as the father of psychoanalysis. Freud qualified as a doctor of medicine at the University of Vienna in 1881, and then carried out research ...more

Danny Gans is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Danny Gans Died at 53 (1956-2009) Impressionist, Las Vegas entertainer. Accidental prescription drug overdose. Daniel Davies Gans was an American singer, comedian and vocal impressionist.

Paul Gardiner is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Paul Gardiner Died at 26 (1958-1984) Musician, Tubeway Army, heroin overdose. Paul Gardiner was a British musician who played bass guitar with Gary Numan and Tubeway Army as well as material under his own name.

Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Judy Garland Died at 47 (1922-1969) Singer and actress, barbiturate(secobarbital) overdose. Her death certificate states the overdose was "accidental". However there is speculation it was intentional. Judy Garland was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 ...more

Lowell George is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Lowell George Died at 34 (1945-1979) Musician, Little Feat, drug overdose. Lowell Thomas George was an American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, who was the primary guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the rock band Little Feat.

Talitha Getty is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Talitha Getty Died at 31 (1940-1971) Actress, heroin overdose in Rome 1971. Talitha Getty was an actress of Dutch extraction, born in the former Dutch East Indies, who was regarded as a style icon of the late 1960s. She lived much of her adult life in Britain and, in ...more

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Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Greg Giraldo Died at 45 (1965-2010) Stand up comedian and insult comic. Appeared on many Comedy Central programs and Roasts. Overdosed on prescription pills. It is unknown if it was a suicide attempt or an accidental overdose. Gregory C. "Greg" Giraldo was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. Giraldo was best known for his appearances on Comedy Central's televised roast ...more

Trevor Goddard is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Trevor Goddard Died at 41 (1962-2003) Actor, accidental overdose of heroin, cocaine, valium and vicodin. Trevor Goddard was an English actor. He was best known for playing Kano in the first Mortal Kombat film and Lieutenant Commander Mic Brumby in the television series JAG.

Dwayne Goettel is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dwayne Goettel Died at 31 (1964-1995) Musician, Skinny Puppy, heroin overdose. Dwayne Rudolph Goettel was a member of the industrial band Skinny Puppy. Classically trained, he played keyboards for an early incarnation of the Canadian gothic/synthpop band Psyche, as well as ...more

Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Adam Goldstein Died at 36 (1973-2009) AKA DJ AM, American club DJ, accidental drug overdose� cocaine, Levamisole, oxycodone, hydrocodone, Ativan, Klonapin and Xanax. DJ AM was an American DJ, remixer, record producer and musician. Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, co-owner of a management company called Deckstar and worked on albums for ...more

Eddie Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Eddie Guerrero Died at 38 (1967-2005) Professional wrestler, "heart disease, complicated by an enlarged heart resulting from a history of anabolic steroid use." Eduardo Gory Llanes Guerrero, better known by his ring name Eddie Guerrero, was a Mexican American professional wrestler. Born into a legendary Mexican wrestling family, Eddie Guerrero managed ...more

Clinton Haines is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Clinton Haines Died at 21 (1976-1997) Computer hacker, heroin overdose. Clinton 'Clint' Haines was an Australian computer hacker. He was also known as Harry McBungus, TaLoN and Terminator-Z. Haines attended Ipswich Grammar School. He wrote his first computer virus ...more

Bobby Hatfield is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Bobby Hatfield Died at 63 (1940-2003) Robert Lee "Bobby" Hatfield was an American singer, best known as one half of the Righteous Brothers.

Tim Hardin is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Tim Hardin Died at 39 (1941-1980) Folk musician, heroin overdose. James Timothy "Tim" Hardin was an American folk musician and composer. He wrote the Top 40 hit "If I Were a Carpenter", covered by, among others, Bobby Darin, Joan Baez, ...more

Brynn Hartman is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Brynn Hartman Died at 40 (1958-1998) Wife and murderer of comedian Phil Hartman, suicide after cocaine, alcohol and Zoloft. Brynn Hartman was an actress, model, and wife of late actor Phil Hartman.

Phyllis Haver is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Phyllis Haver Died at 61 (1899-1960) Actress, barbiturate overdose, suspected suicide Phyllis Haver was an American actress of the silent film era.

James Hayden is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
James Hayden Died at 30 (1953-1983) Actor, heroin overdose. James Hayden was an American actor from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Apart from starring on Broadway and in various movies, he is perhaps best known for playing Patrick 'Patsy' Goldberg in the 1984 film ...more

Paul Hayward is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Paul Hayward Died at 38 (1954-1992) Rugby league player, heroin overdose in prison while serving time for drug smuggling. Paul Cecil Hayward was a professional rugby league player who played for the Newtown Jets between 1973 and 1978.

Mitch Hedberg is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Mitch Hedberg Died at 37 (1968-2005) Comedian, multiple drug toxicity(cocaine and heroin) 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 ...more

Tim Hemensley is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Tim Hemensley Died at 31 (1972-2003) Tim Hemensley was a bass player and singer from Melbourne, Australia who was best known for his role as the leader of highly respected punk / garage / hard rock band, Powder Monkeys. Also known ...more

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Margaux Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Margaux Hemingway Died at 42 (1954-1996) Actress, disputed suicide, overdose of phenobarbital. Margaux Louise Hemingway was an American fashion model and actress. The statuesque Hemingway experienced visible success as a 'supermodel' in the mid-1970s appearing on the covers of ...more

Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Jimi Hendrix Died at 28 (1942-1970) Rock and roll musician, respiratory arrest caused by alcohol and barbiturate overdose and vomit inhalation. 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 ...more

Curt Hennig is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Curt Hennig Died at 45 (1958-2003) Professional wrestler, cocaine overdose. Curtis Michael "Curt" Hennig was an American professional wrestler, manager, and color commentator who performed under his real name for the American Wrestling Association, the World ...more

Gino Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Gino Hernandez Died at 29 (1957-1986) Wrestler, cocaine overdose. Charles Eugene Wolfe, Jr. was a professional wrestler better known by his ring name Gino Hernandez. His in-ring nickname was "The Handsome Half-Breed", a reference to his

Abbie Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Abbie Hoffman Died at 53 (1936-1989) Social and political activist in the United States, suicide by overdose of Phenobarbital pills. Abbot Howard "Abbie" Hoffman was an American political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party. Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to ...more

Gary Holton is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Gary Holton Died at 33 (1952-1985) Actor and musician, heroin overdose. Gary Frederick Holton was an English singer-songwriter, musician and actor from London. He was the frontman of the band Heavy Metal Kids, he worked with Casino Steel, and played the part of ...more

James Honeyman-Scott is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
James Honeyman-Scott Died at 26 (1956-1982) Musician, the Pretenders, drug overdose. James "Jimmy" Honeyman-Scott was an English rock guitarist, songwriter and founding member of the band The Pretenders. With the Pretenders, Honeyman-Scott established a reputation, in ...more