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.
Age: Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 28 (1943-1971)
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, USA
Age: Dec. at 54 (1890-1944)
Birthplace: South-West Oxford, Canada