List of famous people who died of drug overdose. Check out their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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

25 June 2009

Gary

American

Virgo

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

08 January 1935

16 August 1977

Tupelo

American

Capricorn

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
(Actor, Martial Artist)

27 November 1940

20 July 1973

San Francisco

Chinese,American

Sagittarius

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

19 January 1809

07 October 1849

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

American

Capricorn

Heath LedgerHeath Ledger
(Actor)

04 April 1979

22 January 2008

Perth

Australian

Aries

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
(Singer & Musician)

27 November 1942

18 September 1970

Seattle, Washington, US

American

Sagittarius

Sigmund FreudSigmund Freud
(Neurologist, Psychiatrist)

06 May 1856

23 September 1939

Príbor

Austrian

Taurus

Frida KahloFrida Kahlo
(Painter)

06 July 1907

13 July 1954

Coyoacán

Mexican

Cancer

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
(Singer)

10 June 1922

22 June 1969

Grand Rapids

American

Gemini

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

23 July 1967

02 February 2014

Fairport, New York, U.S

American

Cancer

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
(Singer)

09 August 1963

11 February 2012

Newark

American

Leo

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin
(Singer)

19 January 1943

04 October 1970

Port Arthur, Texas, United States

American

Capricorn

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

24 December 1905

05 April 1976

Humble, Texas, US

American

Capricorn

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

08 December 1943

03 July 1971

Melbourne, Florida, U.S.

American

Sagittarius

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
(Fashion Designer)

19 August 1883

10 January 1971

Saumur, France

French

Leo

Chris FarleyChris Farley

15 February 1964

18 December 1997

Madison

American

Aquarius

John BelushiJohn Belushi
(Comedian, Actor, Musician)

24 January 1949

05 March 1982

Humboldt Park

American

Aquarius

George BestGeorge Best
(Footballer)

22 May 1946

25 November 2005

Belfast

British,Northern Irish

Gemini

Anna Nicole SmithAnna Nicole Smith
(Actress, Model)

28 November 1967

08 February 2007

Harris County

American

Sagittarius

Peter JacksonPeter Jackson
(Film Director, Producer & Screenwriter)

31 October 1961

Pukerua Bay, New Zealand

New Zealander

Scorpio

Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
(Artist)

22 December 1960

12 August 1988

Brooklyn

American

Sagittarius

Layne StaleyLayne Staley

22 August 1967

05 April 2002

Kirkland, Washington

American

Leo

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
(Author)

30 September 1924

25 August 1984

New Orleans

American

Libra

Brad RenfroBrad Renfro
(Actor)

25 July 1982

15 January 2008

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

American

Leo

Brian JonesBrian Jones
(Founder of the Rolling Stones)

28 February 1942

03 July 1969

Cheltenham

British

Pisces

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

07 June 1848

08 May 1903

Paris

French

Gemini

Bon ScottBon Scott

09 July 1946

19 February 1980

Forfar

Australian,Scottish

Cancer

Keith MoonKeith Moon
(Drummer)

23 August 1946

07 September 1978

Harlesden

British

Leo

GG AllinGG Allin
(Musician, Singer-Songwriter)

29 August 1956

28 June 1993

Lancaster

American

Virgo

Mitch HedbergMitch Hedberg
(Stand-up Comedian)

24 February 1968

29 March 2005

Saint Paul

American

Pisces

Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster
(Former United States Senator)

18 January 1782

24 October 1852

Salisbury, New Hampshire, United States

American

Capricorn

Rob FordRob Ford
(Former Mayor of Toronto)

28 May 1969

22 March 2016

Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada

Canadian

Gemini

Alan LaddAlan Ladd
(Actor)

03 September 1913

29 January 1964

Hot Springs

American

Virgo

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
(Writer)

29 November 1832

06 March 1888

Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States

American

Sagittarius

Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
(Actress)

09 November 1922

08 September 1965

Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

American

Scorpio

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady

08 February 1926

04 February 1968

Salt Lake City, Utah

American

Aquarius

Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams
(Comedian)

22 February 1926

15 April 1988

Islington, London, England

British

Pisces

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

09 July 1925

10 October 1964

Bangalore

Indian

Cancer

Lester BangsLester Bangs
(American music critic)

13 December 1948

30 April 1982

Escondido

American

Sagittarius

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
(Irish poet)

09 February 1923

20 March 1964

Dublin, Ireland

Irish

Aquarius

Margaret Brooke SullavanMargaret Sullavan
(Actress)

16 May 1909

01 January 1960

Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.

American

Taurus

John TyndallJohn Tyndall
(Physicist)

02 August 1820

04 December 1893

Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland

Irish,British

Leo

Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels
(Actress)

26 June 1890

03 October 1929

Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.

American

Cancer

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

27 October 1967

03 December 2015

Santa Cruz

American

Scorpio

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

14 September 1983

23 July 2011

Southgate

British

Virgo

Eddie GuerreroEddie Guerrero
(Professional wrestler)

09 October 1967

13 November 2005

El Paso

American

Libra

Sid ViciousSid Vicious
(Singer, Composer, Musician)

10 May 1957

02 February 1979

London Borough of Lewisham

British

Taurus

Cory MonteithCory Monteith
(Film actor, Actor, Singer, Musician, Television actor)

11 May 1982

13 July 2013

Calgary

Canadian

Taurus

Tommy HansonTommy Hanson
(Baseball player)

28 August 1986

09 November 2015

Tulsa

American

Virgo

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

19 June 1948

25 November 1974

Yangon

Gemini

Chet BakerChet Baker
(Singer, Trumpeter, Composer, Jazz musician)

23 December 1929

13 May 1988

Yale

American

Capricorn

Edie SedgwickEdie Sedgwick
(Actor, Artist, Model, Socialite)

20 April 1943

16 November 1971

New York City

American

Aries

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

05 November 1946

19 September 1973

Winter Haven

American

Scorpio

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

13 March 1989

07 April 2014

Westminster

British

Pisces

Phil LynottPhil Lynott
(Bassist, Singer, Musician, Pianist, Songwriter)

20 August 1949

04 January 1986

Paysandú Department

Irish

Leo

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

09 October 1944

27 June 2002

Chiswick

British

Libra

Paula YatesPaula Yates
(Television presenter, Journalist)

24 April 1959

17 September 2000

Colwyn Bay

British

Taurus

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

19 September 1934

27 August 1967

Liverpool

British

Virgo

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

05 November 1931

12 December 2007

Clarksdale

American

Scorpio

Jeff HannemanJeff Hanneman
(Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter)

31 January 1964

02 May 2013

Oakland

American

Aquarius

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

29 December 1973

04 December 2007

Port Arthur

American

Capricorn

Curt HennigCurt Hennig
(Professional wrestler)

28 March 1958

10 February 2003

Robbinsdale

American

Aries

Thomas KinkadeThomas Kinkade
(Painter, Artist)

19 January 1958

06 April 2012

Sacramento

American

Capricorn

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

14 February 1947

29 June 1975

Washington, D.C.

American

Aquarius

David RuffinDavid Ruffin
(Singer)

18 January 1941

01 June 1991

Meridian

American

Capricorn

Pier AngeliPier Angeli
(Actor)

19 June 1932

10 September 1971

Cagliari

Italian

Gemini

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

31 May 1945

10 June 1982

Bad Wörishofen

Gemini

Bam Bam BigelowBam Bam Bigelow
(Professional wrestler)

01 September 1961

19 January 2007

Asbury Park

American

Virgo

Dorothy KilgallenDorothy Kilgallen
(Actor, Television presenter, Journalist)

03 July 1913

08 November 1965

Chicago

American

Cancer

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

29 October 1955

25 December 2007

Hollywood

American

Scorpio

Christina OnassisChristina Onassis
(Businessperson, Socialite)

11 December 1950

19 November 1988

New York City

Greek

Sagittarius

Dinah WashingtonDinah Washington
(Singer, Jazz musician)

29 August 1924

14 December 1963

Tuscaloosa

American

Virgo

Keith WhitleyKeith Whitley
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)

01 July 1955

09 May 1989

Ashland

American

Cancer

Ira HayesIra Hayes
(Paratrooper)

12 January 1923

24 January 1955

Sacaton

American

Capricorn

Noel ReddingNoel Redding
(Bassist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist)

25 December 1945

11 May 2003

Folkestone

British

Capricorn

Tommy BolinTommy Bolin
(Guitarist, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist)

01 August 1951

04 December 1976

Sioux City

American

Leo

Aimee Semple McPhersonAimee Semple McPherson
(Cleric)

09 October 1890

27 September 1944

South-West Oxford

Canadian

Libra

Luna VachonLuna Vachon
(Professional wrestler)

12 January 1962

27 August 2010

Montreal

American

Capricorn

Paul ButterfieldPaul Butterfield
(Singer, Musician)

17 December 1942

04 May 1987

Chicago

American

Sagittarius

Lolo FerrariLolo Ferrari
(Film actor, Pornographic actor, Television presenter, Actor, Singer)

09 February 1963

05 March 2000

Clermont-Ferrand

French

Aquarius

Domino HarveyDomino Harvey
(Bounty hunter, Model)

07 August 1969

27 June 2005

London

British

Leo

Bobby HatfieldBobby Hatfield
(Musician, Singer)

10 August 1940

05 November 2003

Beaver Dam

American

Leo

Lowell GeorgeLowell George
(Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer)

13 April 1945

29 June 1979

Hollywood

American

Aries

Mike BloomfieldMike Bloomfield
(singer, musician, guitarist, pianist)

28 July 1943

15 February 1981

Chicago

American

Leo

Adam GoldsteinAdam Goldstein

30 March 1973

28 August 2009

Philadelphia

American

Aries

Leila PahlaviLeila Pahlavi
(Translator)

27 March 1970

10 June 2001

Tehran

Aries

Marco PantaniMarco Pantani
(Sport cyclist)

13 January 1970

14 February 2004

Cesena

Italian

Capricorn

Brent MydlandBrent Mydland
(Musician, Singer)

21 October 1952

26 July 1990

Munich

American

Libra

Tim HardinTim Hardin
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer)

23 December 1941

29 December 1980

Eugene

American

Capricorn

Derek BoogaardDerek Boogaard
(ice hockey player)

23 June 1982

13 May 2011

Saskatoon

Canadian

Cancer

James Honeyman-ScottJames Honeyman-Scott
(Musician, Guitarist, Songwriter)

04 November 1956

16 June 1982

Hereford

British

Scorpio

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

14 February 1962

07 May 2002

Shreveport

American

Aquarius

Arpad MiklosArpad Miklos
(Pornographic actor, Engineer, Actor)

11 September 1967

03 February 2013

Budapest

Hungarian

Virgo

Jimmy McCullochJimmy McCulloch
(Musician, Songwriter, Guitarist)

04 June 1953

27 September 1979

Dumbarton

British,Scottish

Gemini

Pete FarndonPete Farndon
(Guitarist)

12 June 1952

14 April 1983

Hereford

British

Gemini

Judee SillJudee Sill
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist)

07 October 1944

23 November 1979

Oakland

American

Libra

Bruce Edwards IvinsBruce Edwards Ivins
(Biologist, Scientist, Circus performer, Politician)

22 April 1946

29 July 2008

Lebanon

American

Taurus

Diana ChurchillDiana Churchill
(Yachtmaster)

11 July 1909

20 October 1963

London

British

Cancer

Hank the Angry Drunken DwarfHank the Angry Drunken Dwarf
(Radio personality)

20 April 1962

04 September 2001

Fall River

American

Aries

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