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These celebrities who died by choking on their own vomit include Jimi Hendrix, Bon Scott, Tommy Dorsey, Tammy Homolka, and several others. Some celebrities died from inhaling vomit, choking on vomit while sleeping from a drug overdose, while others died from inhaling vomit due to alcohol consumption or alcohol poisoning. The list includes the famous victims’ hometown and biographical info about them, when available. 

Everyone on this list of notable vomit-inhalation deaths has choked on their vomit as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if aspiration was just one contributing factor. See also lists of celebrity deaths that were never investigated and famous people who drowned.

Jimi Hendrix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died By Inhaling Vomit
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Jimi Hendrix was a musician, singer and songwriter who is considered one of the greatest guitarists and all-around instrumentalists in the history of rock and roll. He is most famous for his songs "Hey Joe," "Purple Haze," and "The Wind Cries Mary."

On September 17, 1970, Hendrix drank a bottle of wine with his girlfriend Monika Dannemann and then went to bed. Sometime during the night he consumed 9 of Dannemann's sleeping pills which caused him to vomit into his own mouth, killing him.

James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix was an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as "arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music". Born in Seattle, Washington, Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. In 1961, he enlisted in the US Army; he was granted an honorable discharge the following year. Soon afterward, he moved to Clarksville, Tennessee, and began playing gigs on the chitlin' circuit, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA

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John Bonham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died By Inhaling Vomit
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John Bonham was the drummer for the rock band Led Zeppelin. In 2011 he was named the "best drummer of all time" by Rolling Stone magazine. On September 24, 1980, while preparing for their upcoming tour, Bonham drank 40 shots of vodka within a 24 hour period and died choking on his own vomit during his sleep. Led Zeppelin broke up afterwards, stating that they didn't want to go on without their friend.

John Henry Bonham was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is considered one of the greatest rock drummers. Rolling Stone readers named him "best drummer of all time" in 2011. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 32 (1948-1980)

Birthplace: Redditch, United Kingdom

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Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died By Inhaling Vomit
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Bon Scott, the original lead singer of AC/DC, died on February 15, 1980 after he was left to pass out in a friend's car after a night of heavy drinking. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, having inhaled his vomit sometime during the night. The band replaced him with English singer Brian Johnson soon afterward to record their tribute album to Scott called "Back in Black."

The album went on to be the band's most successful, and one of the most successful rock albums of all time.

Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until 1980. He was born in Forfar and lived in Kirriemuir, Scotland, for 5 years before moving to Melbourne, Australia, with his family in 1952 at the age of six. The family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for four years before moving to Fremantle, Western Australia. Scott formed his first band, The Spektors, in 1964 and became the band's drummer and occasional lead vocalist. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 34 (1946-1980)

Birthplace: Forfar, United Kingdom

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Tommy Dorsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died By Inhaling Vomit
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Famous jazz composer Tommy Dorsey died from choking on November 26, 1956. He had taken sleeping pills to help him sleep after a heavy meal. These pills kept him asleep too well, and he never woke up.

Thomas Francis "Tommy" Dorsey, Jr. was an American jazz trombonist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader of the Big Band era. He was known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing", because of his smooth-toned trombone playing. Although he was not known for being a notable soloist, his technical skill on the trombone gave him renown amongst other musicians. He was the younger brother of bandleader Jimmy Dorsey. After Dorsey broke with his brother in the mid-1930s, he led an extremely popular and highly successful band from the late 1930s into the 1950s. He is best remembered for standards such as "Song of India", "Marie", "On Treasure Island", "The Music Goes 'Round and Around", and "You". ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 51 (1905-1956)

Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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