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.
Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940, Chinese, American
Actor, Martial Artist
Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American

Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982, Canadian

Heath LedgerHeath Ledger
04 April 1979, Australian

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922, American
Frida KahloFrida Kahlo
06 July 1907, Mexican

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
23 July 1967, American

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician
Mac MillerMac Miller
19 January 1992, American
American Rapper, Singer

Lil PeepLil Peep
01 November 1996, American
Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905, American
Entrepreneur, Investor

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943, American

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin
19 January 1943, American

Sigmund FreudSigmund Freud
06 May 1856, Austrian
Chris FarleyChris Farley
15 February 1964, American

Anna Nicole SmithAnna Nicole Smith
28 November 1967, American
Actress, Model

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809, American

Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
22 December 1960, American
27 December 1969, American
Professional Wrestler

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
19 August 1883, French
Fashion Designer
Layne StaleyLayne Staley
22 August 1967, American

Brian JonesBrian Jones
28 February 1942, British
Founder of the Rolling Stones

Lenny BruceLenny Bruce
13 October 1925, American
Standup Comedian
Bon ScottBon Scott
09 July 1946, Australian, British, Scottish

Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832, American
Sid ViciousSid Vicious
10 May 1957, British

Keith MoonKeith Moon
23 August 1946, British

Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924, American
George BestGeorge Best
22 May 1946, British, Northern Irish

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Scott WeilandScott Weiland
27 October 1967, American
Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer
Dana PlatoDana Plato
07 November 1964, American

GG AllinGG Allin
29 August 1956, American
Musician, Singer-Songwriter

Mitch HedbergMitch Hedberg
24 February 1968, American
Stand-up Comedian

Guru DuttGuru Dutt
09 July 1925, Indian
Actor, Producer, Director, Choreographer
Brad RenfroBrad Renfro
25 July 1982, American
Alan LaddAlan Ladd
03 September 1913, American

Paul GauguinPaul Gauguin
07 June 1848, French
Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving

Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
09 November 1922, American

Shannon HoonShannon Hoon
26 September 1967, American
Hillel SlovakHillel Slovak
13 April 1962, American
Musician, Songwriter

Anissa JonesAnissa Jones
11 March 1958, American

Pamela CoursonPamela Courson
22 December 1946, American
Jim Morrison’s Partner

Inger Stevens Inger Stevens
18 October 1934, American

Chet BakerChet Baker
23 December 1929, American
Jazz Trumpeter
Keith WhitleyKeith Whitley
01 July 1955, American

Rob PilatusRob Pilatus
08 June 1965, German
Diana ChurchillDiana Churchill
11 July 1909, British
Winston Churchill's Daughter

Edie SedgwickEdie Sedgwick
20 April 1943, American
Actress, Model

Dorothy KilgallenDorothy Kilgallen
03 July 1913, American
Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams
22 February 1926, British

Eric DouglasEric Douglas
21 June 1958, American
Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster
18 January 1782, American
Former United States Senator

Frankie LymonFrankie Lymon
30 September 1942, American

Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
08 February 1926, American

Lexii AlijaiLexii Alijai
19 February 1998, American

Margaret Brooke SullavanMargaret Sullavan
16 May 1909, American
Lester BangsLester Bangs
13 December 1948, American
American music critic

Trevor GoddardTrevor Goddard
14 October 1962, British, American

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
09 February 1923, Irish
Irish poet

John TyndallJohn Tyndall
02 August 1820, Irish, British
Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels
26 June 1890, American

Logan WilliamsLogan Williams
09 April 2003, Canadian
Len BiasLen Bias
18 November 1963, American
Basketball player

Nick DrakeNick Drake
19 June 1948, Burmese
Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer

Jeff ConawayJeff Conaway
05 October 1950, American
Ike TurnerIke Turner
05 November 1931, American
Guitarist, Pianist, Actor, Singer-songwriter,

Paula YatesPaula Yates
24 April 1959, British, Welsh
Television presenter
Amanda PetersonAmanda Peterson
08 July 1971, American

Aimee Semple McPhersonAimee Semple McPherson
09 October 1890, Canadian, American

Gram ParsonsGram Parsons
05 November 1946, American
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Musician,
Peaches GeldofPeaches Geldof
13 March 1989, British
Journalist, Television presenter, Model,

David RuffinDavid Ruffin
18 January 1941, American
Kevin DuBrowKevin DuBrow
29 October 1955, American
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer

Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
19 September 1934, British
Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent

Bubba SmithBubba Smith
28 February 1945, American
American football player

Bobby HatfieldBobby Hatfield
10 August 1940, American
Wayne StaticWayne Static
04 November 1965, American
Tim BuckleyTim Buckley
14 February 1947, American
singer-songwriter, singer, banjoist, jazz

Bam Bam BigelowBam Bam Bigelow
01 September 1961, American
Professional Wrestler

Christina OnassisChristina Onassis
11 December 1950, Greek
Businessperson, Socialite

Pimp CPimp C
29 December 1973, American
Singer, Businessperson, Rapper, Record producer,
Marco PantaniMarco Pantani
13 January 1970, Italian
Sport cyclist

Pier AngeliPier Angeli
19 June 1932, Italian

Glenn QuinnGlenn Quinn
28 May 1970, American, Northern Irish

Sherri MartelSherri Martel
08 February 1958, American

Greg GiraldoGreg Giraldo
10 December 1965, American
Stand-up comedian
Lowell GeorgeLowell George
13 April 1945, American
Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter,

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
31 May 1945, German
Film maker
Brent MydlandBrent Mydland
21 October 1952, American
Musician, Singer

Jeff HannemanJeff Hanneman
31 January 1964, American
Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter
Dinah WashingtonDinah Washington
29 August 1924, American
Thomas KinkadeThomas Kinkade
19 January 1958, American
Painter, Artist