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 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson.
66
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: King of Pop
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 25, 2009
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 2 Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger.
39
Famous As: Actor, Photographer
Birthdate: April 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
Died: January 22, 2008
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 3 Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo.
19
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: July 6, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coyoacán, Mexico City, Mexico
Died: July 13, 1954

 4 Judy Garland

Judy Garland.
12
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)

 5 Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix.
12
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer & Musician
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: September 18, 1970

 6 Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes.
5
Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Humble, Texas, US
Died: April 5, 1976
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 7 Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: October 4, 1970
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 8 Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison.
9
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States
Died: July 3, 1971
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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 9 Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe.
8
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 19, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1849
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 10 Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman.
8
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fairport, New York, United States
Died: February 2, 2014
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 11 Lil Peep

Lil Peep.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 15, 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 12 Mac Miller

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

 13 Chyna

Chyna.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional Wrestler
Birthdate: December 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: April 20, 2016
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 14 Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat.
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: August 12, 1988
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 15 Chris Farley

Chris Farley.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 15, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: December 18, 1997
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 16 Bon Scott

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

 17 Truman Capote

Truman Capote.
3
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: August 25, 1984
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 18 Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott.
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 6, 1888

 19 Keith Moon

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

 20 Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: November 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harris County
Died: February 8, 2007

 21 Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce.
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Famous As: Standup Comedian
Birthdate: October 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineola, New York
Died: August 3, 1966

 22 Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary
Died: July 13, 2013
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 23 John Belushi

John Belushi.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 5, 1982
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 24 Layne Staley

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

 25 Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died: September 8, 1965

 26 Mitch Hedberg

Mitch Hedberg.
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: February 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 29, 2005

 27 Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious.
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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)

 28 Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Artist - Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Engraving
Birthdate: June 7, 1848
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris
Died: May 8, 1903

 29 Brian Jones

Brian Jones.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Founder of the Rolling Stones
Birthdate: February 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cheltenham
Died: July 3, 1969
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 30 Scott Weiland

Scott Weiland.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Jose, California
Died: December 3, 2015
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 31 Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 9, 1989

 32 Nick Drake

Nick Drake
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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)

 33 Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway
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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)

 34 Amanda Peterson

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

 35 Chet Baker

Chet Baker.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Jazz Trumpeter
Birthdate: December 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yale, Oklahoma
Died: May 13, 1988

 36 Dana Plato

Dana Plato.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maywood, California
Died: May 8, 1999
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 37 Glenn Quinn

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

 38 Bam Bam Bigelow

Bam Bam Bigelow.
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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)

 39 Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 3, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hot Springs
Died: January 29, 1964

 40 Peaches Geldof

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

 41 Brad Renfro

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

 42 Pamela Courson

Pamela Courson.
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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)

 43 Frankie Lymon

Frankie Lymon.
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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

 44 Inger Stevens

Inger Stevens.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 30, 1970

 45 Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons
0
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

 46 Brian Epstein

Brian Epstein
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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)

 47 Edie Sedgwick

Edie Sedgwick.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: April 20, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 16, 1971
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 48 Ike Turner

Ike Turner
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Guitarist, Pianist, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Singer, Record producer
Birthdate: November 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clarksdale
Died: December 12, 2007
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 49 GG Allin

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

 50 Greg Giraldo

Greg Giraldo
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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)