Tragically, there have been many famous people who died of barbiturate overdose. Celebrities who overdosed on barbiturates include Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Aimee Semple McPherson. What are barbiturates, and what is barbiturate overdose? Barbiturates are depressant drugs that have strong sedative effects on the nervous system, but aren't as commonly prescribed in present day as in the '60s and '70s, when death by barbiturates was far more common.
When people ask, "How did Judy Garland die," the answer is Seconal. Other types include Phenobarbital and Amytal. A fatal overdose on barbiturates is typified by difficulty breathing. Barbiturate overdose may be intentional or accidental. In Garland's case, it was ruled accidental.
This list includes notable barbiturate overdose victims’ hometown and biographical info, when available. Everyone on this list has overdosed on barbiturates as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor in their autopsy.
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve drew attention. By 1952 she had her first leading role in Don't Bother to Knock and 1953 brought a lead in Niagara, a melodramatic film noir that dwelt on her seductiveness. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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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 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility, she received a Juvenile Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award as well as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the remake of A Star Is Born and for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. She remains the youngest recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America
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Edith Minturn "Edie" Sedgwick was an American heiress, socialite, actress, and fashion model. She is best known for being one of Andy Warhol's superstars. Sedgwick became known as "The Girl of the Year" in 1965 after starring in several of Warhol's short films in the 1960s. She was dubbed an "It Girl", while Vogue magazine also named her a "Youthquaker". ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 28 (1943-1971)
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, USAsee more on Edie Sedgwick
Aimee Semple McPherson, also known as Sister Aimee, was a Canadian-American Los Angelesbased evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s. She founded the Foursquare Church. McPherson has been noted as a pioneer in the use of modern media, especially radio, and was the second woman to be granted a broadcast license. She used radio to draw on the growing appeal of popular entertainment in North America and incorporated other forms into her weekly sermons at Angelus Temple. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 54 (1890-1944)
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