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.
Nick Adams 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 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 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
Bridgette Andersen 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 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
Chris Antley 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 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.
Kevyn Aucoin 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.
Scotty Beckett 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 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
Len Bias 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 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 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.