14 Celebrity Drug Overdoses We Should Have Seen Coming  

Joanne Phillips
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The wildest and craziest celebrities often suffer from drug and alcohol abuse. Here's a list of 16 drug-induced celebrity overdose deaths that, given the star's lifestyle and behavior, we should have seen coming. Celebrities OD all too frequently, but this list should at least warn us of what we should've seen coming.

Video news reports and family/friend stories included next to each celebrity when available. Sadly, there are a lot of famous people with depression, which often ends in tragedy.

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An American singer and songwriter. She experimented with a variety of drugs and drank heavily throughout her life, and passed at 27 on October 4, 1970, the result of a dope overdose and alcohol consumption.


Age: Dec. at 27 (1943-1970)

Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America

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Considered by some to be the greatest electric guitarist in the history of rock music. He was well-known for his use of drugs and his angry rants when consumed with alcohol.

He succumbed to respiratory failure caused by alcohol, barbituate, and vomit inhalation on September 18, 1970.

Age: Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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The bassist of the Sex Pistols and an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ten days after the October 12, 1978, slaying of girlfriend Nancy Spungen, Sid Vicious, under suspicion in her demise, attempted to take his own life but was unsuccessful.

On February 2, 1979, the musician succumbed to an overconsumption of dope.

Age: Dec. at 22 (1957-1979)

Birthplace: Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

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An American comedian, actor, and musician most known for his work on Saturday Night Live. He passed in March 1982 due to a speedball, the combined injection of cocaine and dope.

Age: Dec. at 33 (1949-1982)

Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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