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List of famous people who died of barbiturate overdose, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who overdosed on barbiturates are listed alphabetically and include the famous barbiturate overdose victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available.

List people include Aimee Semple McPherson, Judy Garland and many additional people as well.

These notable barbiturate overdose deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has overdosed on barbiturates as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.
Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Barbiturate Overdose
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Notorious sex symbol Marilyn Monroe's death is a very mysterious one. She overdosed on barbiturates on August 5, 1962. It was ruled a suicide, but some believe that it may have been an accident or even foul play. Some conspiracy theorists believe that her death was to keep an affair with president John F. Kennedy silent.

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, 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 ...more

Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Singer, Showgirl

Credits: Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire

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#60 on The Best Actresses in Film History

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Barbiturate Overdose
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Judy Garland was an actress and singer who was most famous for her role as Dorothy in the film "The Wizard of Oz." During her career she suffered from mental illness and alcoholism and was in and out of treatment multiple times. On June 22, 1969, at the age of 47, her husband Mickey Deans found her dead from sleeping pill overdose. Deans told authorities that he didn't believe it was an intentional suicide, and autopsy showed that the pills were taken at different intervals throughout the night. Her funeral was attended by over 20,000 adoring fans.

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. ...more

Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Vaudeville Performer, Singer

Credits: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, A Star Is Born

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#29 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#88 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#50 on The Best Singers of All Time

#25 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Edie Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Barbiturate Overdose
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Edie Sedgwick was a 1960's "it girl" and model who came to prominence when she appeared in several short films by the artist Andy Warhol. She struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, but managed to get clean when she married her husband Michael Post whom she met in a psychiatric ward. Her sobriety was interrupted when she was given pain meds for an injury, and she overdosed on barbiturates at home on November 15, 1971.

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 ...more

Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)

Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, USA

Profession: Socialite, Model, Actor, Artist

Credits: Ciao! Manhattan, Vinyl, Beauty No. 2, Color Me Shameless, Kitchen, + more

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Aimee Semple McPherson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Barbiturate Overdose
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Aimee Semple McPherson was a famous evangelical preacher and "faith healer" who was covered extensively in the media and was one of the most photographed figures of her time. On September 26, 1944, while planning one of her popular sermons, McPherson called a doctor complaining about feeling sick from her sleeping medication. She was found dead that night from barbituate overdose mixed with kidney failure.

Aimee Semple McPherson, also known as Sister Aimee, was a Canadian-American Los Angeles–based 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 ...more

Age: Died at 54 (1890-1944)

Birthplace: Canada, Oxford County, South-West Oxford, Ontario, Americas

Profession: Evangelist, Televangelist, Preacher

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