Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose

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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.

Jackson Odell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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Jackson Odell, the actor best-known for his role as Ari Caldwell on The Goldbergs, was found unresponsive in his Tarzana, CA, home on June 8, 2018. The cause of death was not initially released, but in August 2018, it was confirmed he died of an accidental cocaine and heroin overdose. He was 20 years old. 

"He will always be a shining light and a brilliant, loving, and talented soul," Odell's family said on Twitter on June 10. "He had so much more to share. Our family will always carry that truth forward. Our wish is that the rest of the world who knew and loved him does as well."

Jackson Odell is an actor. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 21

Birthplace: Colorado, United States of America

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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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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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 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 on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

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Anna Nicole Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 40 (1967-2007)

Birthplace: Texas, United States of America

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