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.
Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922, American
Singer
Michael JacksonMichael Jackson
29 August 1958, American
Singer

Bruce LeeBruce Lee
27 November 1940, Chinese, American
Actor, Martial Artist

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
08 January 1935, American
Singer

Heath LedgerHeath Ledger
04 April 1979, Australian
Actor

Mac MillerMac Miller
19 January 1992, American
American Rapper, Singer
Cory MonteithCory Monteith
11 May 1982, Canadian
Actor

Jimi HendrixJimi Hendrix
27 November 1942, American
Singer & Musician

Frida KahloFrida Kahlo
06 July 1907, Mexican
Painter

Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905, American
Entrepreneur, Investor
Janis JoplinJanis Joplin
19 January 1943, American
Singer

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhilip Seymour Hoffman
23 July 1967, American
Actor, Director & Producer
Lil PeepLil Peep
01 November 1996, American
Singer

Jim MorrisonJim Morrison
08 December 1943, American
Singer, Lyricist, Poet, Musician, Filmmaker

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

Anna Nicole SmithAnna Nicole Smith
28 November 1967, American
Actress, Model
Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe
19 January 1809, American
Author, Poet, Editor and Literary Critic

John BelushiJohn Belushi
24 January 1949, American
Comedian

Coco ChanelCoco Chanel
19 August 1883, French
Fashion Designer
ChynaChyna
27 December 1970, American
Professional Wrestler

Brian JonesBrian Jones
28 February 1942, British
Founder of the Rolling Stones
Layne StaleyLayne Staley
22 August 1967, American
 

Jean-Michel BasquiatJean-Michel Basquiat
22 December 1960, American
Artist

Lenny BruceLenny Bruce
13 October 1925, American
Standup Comedian

GG AllinGG Allin
29 August 1956, American
Musician, Singer-Songwriter
Sid ViciousSid Vicious
10 May 1957, British
Musician
Truman CapoteTruman Capote
30 September 1924, American
Author

Scott WeilandScott Weiland
27 October 1967, American
Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer

Keith MoonKeith Moon
23 August 1946, British
Drummer

Bon ScottBon Scott
09 July 1946, Australian, British, Scottish
 
George BestGeorge Best
22 May 1946, British, Northern Irish
Footballer

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

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

Brad RenfroBrad Renfro
25 July 1982, American
Actor

Dana PlatoDana Plato
07 November 1964, American
Actress
Louisa May AlcottLouisa May Alcott
29 November 1832, American
Writer

Alan LaddAlan Ladd
03 September 1913, American
Actor
Keith WhitleyKeith Whitley
01 July 1955, American
Singer

Chet BakerChet Baker
23 December 1929, American
Jazz Trumpeter

Pamela CoursonPamela Courson
22 December 1946, American
Jim Morrison’s Partner
Eric DouglasEric Douglas
21 June 1958, American
Actor

Dorothy Jean DandridgeDorothy Dandridge
09 November 1922, American
Actress
Inger Stevens Inger Stevens
18 October 1934, American
Actress

Dorothy KilgallenDorothy Kilgallen
03 July 1913, American
Journalist

Edie SedgwickEdie Sedgwick
20 April 1943, American
Actress, Model

Rob PilatusRob Pilatus
08 June 1965, German
Singer

Kenneth WilliamsKenneth Williams
22 February 1926, British
Comedian
Frankie LymonFrankie Lymon
30 September 1942, American
Singer

Hillel SlovakHillel Slovak
13 April 1962, American
Musician, Songwriter

Guru DuttGuru Dutt
09 July 1925, Indian
Actor, Producer, Director, Choreographer

Margaret Brooke SullavanMargaret Sullavan
16 May 1909, American
Actress
Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster
18 January 1782, American
Former United States Senator

Diana ChurchillDiana Churchill
11 July 1909, British
Winston Churchill's Daughter
Neal CassadyNeal Cassady
08 February 1926, American
 

Anissa JonesAnissa Jones
11 March 1958, American
Actress

Trevor GoddardTrevor Goddard
14 October 1962, British, American
Actor
Lester BangsLester Bangs
13 December 1948, American
American music critic

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
09 February 1923, Irish
Irish poet
John TyndallJohn Tyndall
02 August 1820, Irish, British
Physicist

Jeanne Eagels Jeanne Eagels
26 June 1890, American
Actress

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse
14 September 1983, British
Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Jazz musician,
Ike TurnerIke Turner
05 November 1931, American
Guitarist, Pianist, Actor, Singer-songwriter,

Gram ParsonsGram Parsons
05 November 1946, American
Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Musician,
Nick DrakeNick Drake
19 June 1948, Burmese
Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Composer

Paula YatesPaula Yates
24 April 1959, British
Television presenter, Journalist

Peaches GeldofPeaches Geldof
13 March 1989, British
Journalist, Television presenter, Model,

Jeff ConawayJeff Conaway
05 October 1950, American
Actor
Bam Bam BigelowBam Bam Bigelow
01 September 1961, American
Professional wrestler
Brian EpsteinBrian Epstein
19 September 1934, British
Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent

David RuffinDavid Ruffin
18 January 1941, American
Singer

John EntwistleJohn Entwistle
09 October 1944, British
Singer-songwriter, Bassist, Guitarist, Hornist

Len BiasLen Bias
18 November 1963, American
Basketball player
Amanda PetersonAmanda Peterson
08 July 1971, American
Actress

Wayne StaticWayne Static
04 November 1965, American
Musician

Pimp CPimp C
29 December 1973, American
Singer, Businessperson, Rapper, Record producer,

Tim BuckleyTim Buckley
14 February 1947, American
singer-songwriter, singer, banjoist, jazz

Christina OnassisChristina Onassis
11 December 1950, Greek
Businessperson, Socialite
Greg GiraldoGreg Giraldo
10 December 1965, American
Stand-up comedian

Curt HennigCurt Hennig
28 March 1958, American
Professional wrestler
Thomas KinkadeThomas Kinkade
19 January 1958, American
Painter, Artist

Jeff HannemanJeff Hanneman
31 January 1964, American
Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter

Pier AngeliPier Angeli
19 June 1932, Italian
Actor
Gerald LevertGerald Levert
13 July 1966, American
Singer

Bobby HatfieldBobby Hatfield
10 August 1940, American
Musician, Singer
Kevin DuBrowKevin DuBrow
29 October 1955, American
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer

Brent MydlandBrent Mydland
21 October 1952, American
Musician, Singer

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
31 May 1945, German
Screenwriter, Playwright, Film director, Actor,

Marco PantaniMarco Pantani
13 January 1970, Italian
Sport cyclist
Aimee Semple McPhersonAimee Semple McPherson
09 October 1890, Canadian
Cleric

Tommy HansonTommy Hanson
28 August 1986, American
Baseball player
Paul ButterfieldPaul Butterfield
17 December 1942, American
Singer, Musician

Lowell GeorgeLowell George
13 April 1945, American
Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter,
Dinah WashingtonDinah Washington
29 August 1924, American
Singer, Jazz musician

Ira HayesIra Hayes
12 January 1923, American
Paratrooper
Sherri MartelSherri Martel
08 February 1958, American
Wrestlers