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Addiction is a life-threatening disease, as evidenced by this list of famous people who died of drug overdose, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. You might also be interested in athletes who used to be drug addicts and celebs who were found dead in the bathroom. These celebrities who overdosed on drugs are listed alphabetically and include the famous drug overdose victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. These notable drug overdose deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers.

Some of the biggest names in entertainment, especially rock stars, have died of a drug overdose. Jimi Hendrix, singer Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison are among a few rockers who bit the big one early. Heath Ledger did as well, and wasn't alive to see that he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Dark Knight. Funnymen John Belushi and Chris Farley also died of drug overdoses.

Other celebs who died of drug overdose include Curt Hennig, Anissa Jones, Christopher Pettiet, and actress Dana Plato. 

Everyone on this list has overdosed on drugs as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. From celebrity heroin addictions to using cocaine, hopefully we can learn a lesson from the actors, politicians, and musicians who died too young from drugs.

Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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 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. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as ...more

Age: Died at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller", were credited with breaking down racial barriers ...more

Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

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Anna Nicole Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress, and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, winning the 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for fashion companies and also hair campaigns, including Guess, H&M, Heatherette, Lane Bryant & Conair. Smith dropped out of high school at age 15 and was married three years later, in 1985. Her highly publicized second marriage to J. Howard Marshall resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian mainly for his money, which she denied. Following Marshall's death, Smith began a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate. Her case, Marshall v. Marshall, reached the U.S. Supreme Court on a question of federal ...more

Age: Died at 40 (1967-2007)

Birthplace: Texas, USA

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Judy Garland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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

Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

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