Overdoses Famous Drug-related Deaths & Celebrity Drug Overdoses  

Notable Famous Deaths
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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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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