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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."

Age: 21

Birthplace: Colorado, United States of America

Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Drug Overdose
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Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality. Although she was a top-billed actress for only a decade, her films grossed $200 million (equivalent to $2 billion in 2018) by the time of her unexpected death in 1962. More than half a century later, she continues to be a major popular culture icon.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monroe spent most of her childhood in foster homes and an orphanage and married at the age of 16. ...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 (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest entertainers. Jackson's contributions to music, dance, and fashion, 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, Michael made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records, and in the early 1980s, became a dominant figure in ...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 (born Vickie Lynn Hogan; November 28, 1967 – February 8, 2007) was an American model, actress and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy magazine when she won the title of 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for fashion companies, including Guess, H&M, Heatherette and Lane Bryant. Smith dropped out of high school at age 14 in 1982 and married in 1985. Her highly publicized 1994 second marriage to 89-year old J. Howard Marshall, a billionaire as a result of his 16% ownership stake in Koch Industries, resulted in speculation that she married the octogenarian for his money, which she denied. Following Marshall's death, Smith began a lengthy legal ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 40 (1967-2007)

Birthplace: Texas, United States of America

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