The dazzling and glittery show business has a darker side. Many of the beautiful, famous, and rich celebrities also have a shadow side to their glamorous public persona. Fame doesn’t come easily. It’s often not free and asks for a heavy price. The stress, strain, and tensions that often accompany fame have their own negative side-effects on the personal lives of the celebrities. That is why many famous people—singers, musicians, performance artists, and actors—fall prey to drug abuse. Drugs provide stressed out souls a temporary respite from their tumultuous lives. But these very drugs carry the danger of not just sabotaging the careers of these celebrities, but of wiping out their lives. When sex bomb Marilyn Monroe was found dead of drug overdose one day, the entire world was shocked. Similarly, the drug induced deaths of the popular performers Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, and Anna Nicole Smith were strong warning signs of how drug abuse and addiction could ruin lives. These drug related deaths not only snuffed out the lives of celebrities who were too young to die, but also shattered their families. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous people who died of drug overdose.
Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
(Singer)

29 August 1958

American

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
(The King of Rock and Roll, Singer Actor)

08 January 1935

American

Heath LedgerHeath Ledger
(Actor)

04 April 1979

Australian

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
(Actor, Martial Artist)

27 November 1940

Chinese,American

Mac MillerMac Miller
(American Rapper, Singer)

19 January 1992

American

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
(Singer)

10 June 1922

American

Frida KahloFrida Kahlo
(Painter)

06 July 1907

Mexican

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
(Singer & Musician)

27 November 1942

American

Chris FarleyChris Farley

15 February 1964

American

Howard HughesHoward Hughes
(Entrepreneur, Aerospace Engineer, Filmmaker, Inventor, Aviator, Philanthropist)

24 December 1905

American

Lenny BruceLenny Bruce
(Standup Comedian)

13 October 1925

American

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
(Actor, Director & Producer)

23 July 1967

American

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Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
(Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker)

08 December 1943

American

Sigmund FreudSigmund Freud
(Neurologist, Psychiatrist)

06 May 1856

Austrian

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin
(Singer)

19 January 1943

American

John BelushiJohn Belushi
(Comedian, Actor, Musician)

24 January 1949

American

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
(Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic)

19 January 1809

American

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
(Fashion Designer)

19 August 1883

French

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ChynaChyna
(Professional Wrestler)

27 December 1970

American

Anna Nicole SmithAnna Nicole Smith
(Actress, Model)

28 November 1967

American

Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
(Artist)

22 December 1960

American

Sid ViciousSid Vicious
(Musician)

10 May 1957

British

Cory MonteithCory Monteith
(Actor)

11 May 1982

Canadian

Layne StaleyLayne Staley

22 August 1967

American

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Brian JonesBrian Jones
(Founder of the Rolling Stones)

28 February 1942

British

Bon ScottBon Scott

09 July 1946

Australian,British,Scottish

GG AllinGG Allin
(Musician, Singer-Songwriter)

29 August 1956

American

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
(Author)

30 September 1924

American

George BestGeorge Best
(Footballer)

22 May 1946

British,Northern Irish

Keith MoonKeith Moon
(Drummer)

23 August 1946

British

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Mitch HedbergMitch Hedberg
(Stand-up Comedian)

24 February 1968

American

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
(Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving)

07 June 1848

French

Scott WeilandScott Weiland
(Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer)

27 October 1967

American

Brad RenfroBrad Renfro
(Actor)

25 July 1982

American

Alan LaddAlan Ladd
(Actor)

03 September 1913

American

Chet BakerChet Baker
(Jazz Trumpeter)

23 December 1929

American

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Dana PlatoDana Plato
(Actress)

07 November 1964

American

Inger Stevens Inger Stevens
(Actress)

18 October 1934

American

Hillel SlovakHillel Slovak
(Musician, Songwriter)

13 April 1962

American

Rob PilatusRob Pilatus
(Singer)

08 June 1965

German

Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
(Actress)

09 November 1922

American

Pamela CoursonPamela Courson
(Jim Morrison’s Partner)

22 December 1946

American

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Edie SedgwickEdie Sedgwick
(Actress, Model)

20 April 1943

American

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
(Writer)

29 November 1832

American

Frankie LymonFrankie Lymon
(Singer)

30 September 1942

American

Dorothy KilgallenDorothy Kilgallen
(Journalist)

03 July 1913

American

Anissa JonesAnissa Jones
(Actress)

11 March 1958

American

Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster
(Former United States Senator)

18 January 1782

American

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Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams
(Comedian)

22 February 1926

British

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady

08 February 1926

American

Diana ChurchillDiana Churchill
(Winston Churchill's Daughter)

11 July 1909

British

Guru DuttGuru Dutt
(Actor, Producer, Director, Choreographer)

09 July 1925

Indian

Margaret Brooke SullavanMargaret Sullavan
(Actress)

16 May 1909

American

Trevor GoddardTrevor Goddard
(Actor)

14 October 1962

British,American

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Lester BangsLester Bangs
(American music critic)

13 December 1948

American

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
(Irish poet)

09 February 1923

Irish

John TyndallJohn Tyndall
(Physicist)

02 August 1820

Irish,British

Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels
(Actress)

26 June 1890

American

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse
(Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Jazz musician, Singer, Jazz guitarist)

14 September 1983

British

Lil PeepLil Peep
(American Singer)

01 November 1996

American

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Ike TurnerIke Turner
(Guitarist, Pianist, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Singer, Record producer)

05 November 1931

American

Kevyn AucoinKevyn Aucoin
(Make-up artist, Photographer, Businessperson)

14 February 1962

American

Peaches GeldofPeaches Geldof
(Journalist, Television presenter, Model, Columnist, Writer, Screenwriter)

13 March 1989

British

Paula YatesPaula Yates
(Television presenter, Journalist)

24 April 1959

British

John EntwistleJohn Entwistle
(Singer-songwriter, Bassist, Guitarist, Hornist)

09 October 1944

British

Keith WhitleyKeith Whitley
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)

01 July 1955

American

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Curt HennigCurt Hennig
(Professional wrestler)

28 March 1958

American

Nick DrakeNick Drake
(Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer)

19 June 1948

Burmese

David RuffinDavid Ruffin
(Singer)

18 January 1941

American

Gram ParsonsGram Parsons
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist)

05 November 1946

American

Christina OnassisChristina Onassis
(Businessperson, Socialite)

11 December 1950

Greek

Pimp CPimp C
(Singer, Businessperson, Rapper, Record producer, Composer)

29 December 1973

American

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Kevin DuBrowKevin DuBrow
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer)

29 October 1955

American

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
(Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent manager)

19 September 1934

British

Bam Bam BigelowBam Bam Bigelow
(Professional wrestler)

01 September 1961

American

Thomas KinkadeThomas Kinkade
(Painter, Artist)

19 January 1958

American

Pier AngeliPier Angeli
(Actor)

19 June 1932

Italian

Jeff HannemanJeff Hanneman
(Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter)

31 January 1964

American

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Tim BuckleyTim Buckley
(singer-songwriter, singer, banjoist, jazz musician, guitarist, jazz guitarist)

14 February 1947

American

Bobby HatfieldBobby Hatfield
(Musician, Singer)

10 August 1940

American

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
(Screenwriter, Playwright, Film director, Actor, Writer, Film editor, Author, Television director, Cinematographer, Film producer)

31 May 1945

German