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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.

Cory Monteith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Died at 31 (1982-2013) 31-year-old star of Glee, accidentally overdosed on heroin Cory Allan Michael Monteith was a Canadian actor and musician, best known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee. As an actor based in British Columbia, Monteith had minor ...more

Brian Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 43 (1964-2007) Professional wrestler, accidental overdose of painkillers. Brian Keith Adams was an American professional wrestler. Adams is well known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation, under the name Crush, and for World Championship Wrestling under ...more

Nick Adams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 37 (1931-1968) Actor, death officially certified as "accidental-suicidal and undetermined", high levels of sedatives found in his blood. Nick Adams was an American film and television actor and screenwriter. He was noted for his roles in several Hollywood films during the 1950s and 1960s along with his starring role in the ABC ...more

Stuart Adamson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 43 (1958-2001) Musician, Big Country, self-asphyxiation under the influence of alcohol. William Stuart Adamson was a Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, described by broadcaster and DJ John Peel as “the new Jimi Hendrix”. He is best known as co-founder, lead vocalist, and ...more

Mike Von Erich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 23 (1964-1987) Professional wrestler, suicide, overdosed on tranquilizers. Michael Brett Adkisson was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Mike Von Erich. His four brothers, David, Kerry, Kevin and Chris, also wrestled. He was the son of longtime Texas ...more

Ryunosuke Akutagawa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 35 (1892-1927) Writer, committed suicide by overdosing on veronal. Ryūnosuke Akutagawa was a Japanese writer active in the Taishō period in Japan. He is regarded as the "Father of the Japanese short story" and Japan's premier literary award, the ...more

GG Allin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 37 (1956-1993) Punk musician, heroin overdose. Kevin Michael "GG" Allin was an American punk rock singer-songwriter, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. GG Allin is best remembered for his notorious live ...more

Bridgette Andersen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 22 (1975-1997) Former child actress, alcohol and heroin overdose. Bridgette Andersen was an American child actress best known for her part in the title role of the 1982 comedy Savannah Smiles.

Pier Angeli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 39 (1932-1971) Actress, died of anaphylactic shock after being given a tranquilizer by her doctor. Pier Angeli was an Italian-born television and film actress. Her American cinematographic debut was in the starring role of the 1951 film Teresa, for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Twenty ...more

Matthew Ansara is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 36 (1965-2001) Actor, heroin overdose. Matthew Michael Ansara was an American actor and bodybuilder. His parents were actors Michael Ansara and Barbara Eden. Ansara's first acting work was at age 15 in the pilot episode of Harper ...more

Chris Antley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 34 (1966-2000) Champion horse-racing jockey, multiple drug overdose and injuries likely related to a fall caused by the drugs. Christopher Wiley Antley was a champion American jockey. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but grew up in Elloree, South Carolina. He left school at sixteen to ride horses professionally ...more

West Arkeen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
West Arkeen Dec. at 37 (1960-1997) Musician, drug overdose. Aaron West Arkeen, was an American musician best known for co-writing several Guns N' Roses songs. He died in Los Angeles as a result of a drug overdose.

Howard Arkley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 48 (1951-1999) Painter, heroin overdose. Howard Arkley was an Australian artist, born in Melbourne, known for his airbrushed paintings of houses, architecture and suburbia. His mother's side of the family was Jewish and his father was ...more

Kevyn Aucoin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 40 (1962-2002) Photographer & make-up artist, kidney and liver failure due to Tylenol toxicity, as a result of a prescription painkiller addiction. Kevyn James Aucoin was an American make-up artist, photographer and author.

Lester Bangs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 34 (1948-1982) Music critic, musician, an overdose of Darvon and Valium and NyQuil. Leslie Conway "Lester" Bangs was an American music journalist, author, and musician. Often cited during his lifetime as "America's Greatest Rock Critic", he wrote for Creem ...more

Jean-Michel Basquiat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 28 (1960-1988) Painter, heroin overdose. Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist, musician, and producer. He first achieved notoriety as part of SAMO, an informal graffiti group who wrote enigmatic epigrams in the cultural hotbed ...more

Scotty Beckett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968) American former child actor, suspected overdose. Scott Hastings "Scotty" Beckett was an American actor. Beckett began his career as a child actor in the Our Gang shorts and later co-starred on Rocky Jones, Space Ranger.

Steve Bechler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Steve Bechler Dec. at 24 (1979-2003) 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. Steven Scott Bechler was an American professional baseball player. A pitcher, Bechler played in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. After starring for the South Medford High School ...more

John Belushi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Died at 33 (1949-1982) Of the Blues Brothers, actor, and comedian, heroin and cocaine overdose John Adam Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician. He is best known for his "intense energy and raucous attitude" which he displayed as one of the original cast members ...more

Wes Berggren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 28 (1971-1999) Musician, Tripping Daisy. Wes Berggren was an American musician and former guitarist for the rock band Tripping Daisy. Berggren was found dead of a drug overdose in his apartment on October 27, 1999, by his wife, ...more

Leah Betts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 18 (1977-1995) Schoolgirl, ecstasy related. Leah Sarah Betts was a schoolgirl from Latchingdon in Essex, England, United Kingdom. She is notable for the extensive media coverage and moral panic that followed her death fifteen days after ...more

Len Bias is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 23 (1963-1986) Basketball player; died of cocaine overdose before ever playing in the NBA. Leonard Kevin "Len" Bias was a first-team All-American college basketball forward at the University of Maryland. He was selected by the Boston Celtics as the second overall pick in the ...more

Bam Bam Bigelow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 46 (1961-2007) Professional wrestler, toxic levels of cocaine and anti anxiety drug. Scott Charles Bigelow was an American professional wrestler, best known by the ring name Bam Bam Bigelow. During his professional wrestling career spanning twenty-one years, Bigelow worked in ...more

Gottfried von Bismarck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 45 (1962-2007) Aristocrat, cocaine overdose. Gottfried Alexander Leopold Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen was a member of the German House of Bismarck best known for his flamboyance and parties.

Mike Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 38 (1943-1981) Blues guitarist, heroin overdose. Michael Bernard "Mike" Bloomfield was an American musician, guitarist, and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to ...more

Tommy Bolin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 25 (1951-1976) Musician, Deep Purple, drugs overdose. Thomas Richard "Tommy" Bolin was an American-born guitarist who played with Zephyr, The James Gang, and Deep Purple; in addition to maintaining a notable solo career.

Christopher Bowman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 41 (1967-2008) Former professional ice skater, drug overdose. Christopher Nicol Bowman was an American figure skater. He was a two-time World medalist, the 1983 World Junior champion, and a two-time U.S. national champion. He competed in two Olympic Winter ...more

Elisa Bridges is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 29 (1973-2002) Model, acute intoxication-combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam. Elisa Rebeca Bridges was an American actress and model. She is Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for December 1994, and Playboy's Video Playmate of the Month for September 1996. She ...more

Lenny Bruce is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 41 (1925-1966) Comedian, morphine overdose. Leonard Alfred Schneider, better known by his stage name Lenny Bruce, was an American stand-up comedian, social critic and satirist. He was renowned for his open, free-style and critical form of ...more

Tim Buckley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 28 (1947-1975) Rock and roll musician, heroin overdose. Timothy Charles "Tim" Buckley III was an American singer and musician. His music and style changed considerably through the years; his first album was mostly folk, but his subsequent ...more

Chad Butler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
age 41 -rap musician, accidental overdose of Promethazine/Codeine "syrup" mixed with a pre-existing medical condition, sleep apnea. Chad Matthew Butler is the drummer for the band Switchfoot which he co-founded along with Jon and Tim Foreman in 1996. Butler lived in Amsterdam for a few years, but he and his family later ...more

Paul Butterfield is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 45 (1942-1987) Musician, sources report drug related heart failure or simply drug overdose Paul Vaughn Butterfield was an American blues singer and harmonica player. After early training as a classical flautist, Butterfield developed an interest in blues harmonica. He explored the ...more

Andrés Caicedo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 26 (1951-1977) Writer, drug overdose, consumed 60 pills of Secobarbital. Luis Andrés Caicedo Estela was a Colombian writer born in Cali, the city where he would spend most of his life. Despite his premature death, his work is considered one of the most ...more

Casey Calvert is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 26 (1981-2007) Guitarist of Hawthorne Heights, accidental drug overdose through mixture of opiates, citalopram, and clonazepam. Casey Calvert was a member of the musical group, Hawthorne Heights.

Ken Caminiti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 41 (1963-2004) Former Major League Baseball player; acute cocaine and opiates intoxication. Kenneth Gene Caminiti was an American third baseman who spent fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves. He was the ...more

Max Cantor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 32 (1959-1991) Actor, journalist who researched addicts in New York, heroin overdose. Michael 'Max' Cantor was an American journalist and actor in films such as Dirty Dancing and Fear, Anxiety and Depression. His father was the theatrical producer Arthur Cantor. During Cantor's ...more

Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 60 (1924-1984) Writer, liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication. Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, screenwriter, playwright, actor, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary ...more

Vic Chesnutt is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 45 (1964-2009) Musician, overdose of prescription medication(suicide) James Victor "Vic" Chesnutt was an American singer-songwriter from Athens, Georgia. His first album, Little, was released in 1990, but his breakthrough to commercial success didn't ...more

Steve Clark is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 31 (1960-1991) Musician, Def Leppard, accidental lethal overdose of codeine, along with valium and morphine and alcohol at more than 3 times the legal British limit Stephen Maynard Clark was an English musician best known as the co-lead guitarist and a principal songwriter for the British hard rock band, Def Leppard, until his 1991 death from an overdose ...more

Bob Collins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 61 (1946-2007) Politician, suicide from prescription drugs and alcohol. Robert Lindsay Collins AO was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate from July 1987 to March 1998, representing the Northern Territory. Prior to entering the Senate, Collins ...more

Natasha Collins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 32 (1976-2008) Actress-cocaine overdose Natasha Louise Collins was an English actress and model, and the girlfriend of Mark Speight. She died of a drug overdose and severe scalds in January 2008.

Brian Cole is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 30 (1942-1972) Musician, the Association, heroin overdose. Brian Cole was the bass guitar player and one of the founding members of the 1960s folk rock band The Association. Cole died in Los Angeles, California of a heroin overdose at the age of 29. He ...more

Megan Connolly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 27 (1974-2001) Actress, heroin overdose. Megan Jennifer Connolly was an Australian actress, mainly of soap opera

Pamela Courson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 28 (1946-1974) Common law wife of Jim Morrison of The Doors, heroin overdose. Pamela Susan Courson was the long-term companion of Jim Morrison, singer of The Doors. After the deaths of Morrison and Courson, her parents petitioned an out-of-state court to declare that the ...more

Carl Crack is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 30 (1971-2001) Musician, Atari Teenage Riot, drug overdose. Carl Crack was a Berlin-based techno artist best known for his membership in the digital hardcore band Atari Teenage Riot from 1992 to 2000.

Jan Paul Beahm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 22 (1958-1980) Punk musician, of The Germs, heroin overdose, reported as suicide. Darby Crash was an American punk rock vocalist and songwriter who, along with long-time friend Pat Smear, co-founded Germs. He committed suicide by way of an intentional heroin overdose. In the ...more

Robbin Crosby is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 43 (1959-2002) Musician with Ratt, reported causes of his death include heroin overdose, Robbinson Lantz "Robbin" Crosby was an American guitarist who was a member of glam metal band Ratt, earning several platinum albums in the US in the mid-to-late 1980s. Crosby died from ...more

Dalida is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Died at 54 (1933-1987) Singer, suicide, barbiturates overdose. Yolanda Cristina Gigliotti, best known as Dalida, was an Italian singer and actress who performed and recorded in more than 10 languages, including Arabic, Italian, Greek, German, French, ...more

Dorothy Dandridge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Died at 43 (1922-1965) Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an African-American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She is perhaps best known for being the first black actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for ...more

Jesse Ed Davis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses
Dec. at 44 (1944-1988) Guitarist, session musician, drug overdose. Jesse Edwin Davis was a Native American guitarist. He was well regarded as a session artist. His death in 1988 was attributed to a drug overdose.