Famous People Who Died Of Drug Overdose

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.

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 1 Prince

Prince
68
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist
Birthdate: June 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 21, 2016

 2 Juice WRLD

Juice WRLD
163
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 8, 2019
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 3 Judy Garland

Judy Garland
32
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 22, 1969
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
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 4 Chyna

Chyna
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 2016

 5 Mac Miller

Mac Miller
115
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 19, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 7, 2018
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 6 Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce
2
Famous As: Standup Comedian
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States
Died: August 3, 1966
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 7 Bon Scott

Bon Scott
33
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: July 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Forfar, Scotland
Died: February 19, 1980
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 8 Lil Peep

Lil Peep
103
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: A Leading Figure of the Mid–late 2010s Emo Rap Scene
Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 15, 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 9 Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott
13
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 6, 1888

 10 Keith Moon

Keith Moon
12
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: August 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wembley, England
Died: September 7, 1978

 11 Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith
31
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: 1993 Playmate of the Year
Birthdate: November 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harris County
Died: February 8, 2007

 12 Layne Staley

Layne Staley
16
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington, United States
Died: April 5, 2002
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 13 Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious
16
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London
Died: February 2, 1979
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 14 Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge
13
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 8, 1965

 15 Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland
7
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Lead Singer of The Band 'Stone Temple Pilots'
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Died: December 3, 2015
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 16 Nick Drake

Nick Drake
3
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer
Birthdate: June 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yangon, Myanmar
Died: November 25, 1974
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 17 Rick Rude

Rick Rude
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 7, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Peter, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 20, 1999
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 18 Peaches Geldof

Peaches Geldof
2
Famous As: English columnist
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: April 7, 2014
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 19 Amanda Peterson

Amanda Peterson
5
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greeley, Colorado, USA
Died: July 3, 2015
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 20 Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 27, 2011
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 21 Bam Bam Bigelow

Bam Bam Bigelow
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: September 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey, United States
Died: January 19, 2007
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 22 Len Bias

Len Bias
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: November 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Landover, Maryland, USA
Died: June 9, 1986
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)

 23 Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons
1
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Musician, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: November 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winter Haven, Florida, United States
Died: September 19, 1973

 24 Glenn Quinn

Glenn Quinn
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 3, 2002
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 25 Pamela Courson

Pamela Courson
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Jim Morrison’s Partner
Birthdate: December 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Weed, California, United States
Died: April 25, 1974
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 26 David Ruffin

David Ruffin
7
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Meridian
Died: June 1, 1991

 27 Frankie Lymon

Frankie Lymon
7
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 27, 1968

 28 Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent manager
Birthdate: September 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: August 27, 1967
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 29 Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick
7
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Died: November 16, 1971
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 30 Brad Renfro

Brad Renfro
10
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Died: January 15, 2008
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 31 Reid Flair

Reid Flair
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Former Wrestler
Birthdate: February 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Died: March 29, 2013
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 32 GG Allin

GG Allin
7
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lancaster
Died: June 28, 1993

 33 Pimp C

Pimp C
10
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Businessperson, Rapper, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: December 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Arthur
Died: December 4, 2007

 34 Christina Onassis

Christina Onassis
2
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessperson, Socialite
Birthdate: December 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 19, 1988

 35 Bubba Smith

Bubba Smith
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Orange, Texas, United States
Died: August 3, 2011
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)

 36 Paula Yates

Paula Yates
7
Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Colwyn Bay, Wales
Died: September 17, 2000

 37 Clark James Gable

Clark James Gable
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malibu, California, United States
Died: February 22, 2019
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 38 Kenneth Williams

Kenneth Williams
4
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 22, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
Died: April 15, 1988

 39 Mike Bloomfield

Mike Bloomfield
0
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: singer, musician, guitarist, pianist
Birthdate: July 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: February 15, 1981

 40 Daniel Webster

Daniel Webster
4
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former United States Senator
Birthdate: January 18, 1782
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Salisbury, New Hampshire, United States
Died: October 24, 1852

 41 Eric Douglas

Eric Douglas
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 6, 2004
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 42 Mike Starr

Mike Starr
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Honolulu
Died: March 8, 2011

 43 Skye McCole Bartusiak

Skye McCole Bartusiak
0
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: July 19, 2014
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 44 Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen
2
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 3, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 8, 1965

 45 Greg Giraldo

Greg Giraldo
2
Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: December 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 29, 2010
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 46 Adam Goldstein

Adam Goldstein
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: August 28, 2009

 47 David A. Kennedy

David A. Kennedy
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Robert F. Kennedy's son
Birthdate: June 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 25, 1984

 48 Gerald Levert

Gerald Levert
1
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 13, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: November 10, 2006

 49 Nick Adams

Nick Adams
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 7, 1968

 50 Paul Gray

Paul Gray
3
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: bassist, musician, singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: May 24, 2010