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Overdoses by Drugs

  • G. G. Allin, heroin.
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, painter, heroin.
  • Ol Dirty Bastard (a.k.a. Russell Tyrone Jones), of rap group Wu-Tang Clan, heart failure induced by cocaine and painkillers
  • John Belushi, heroin and cocaine speedball, Los Angeles.
  • Lenny Bruce, heroin.
  • Darby Crash, of The Germs, heroin.
  • John Entwhistle, of The Who, cocaine-induced heart attack.
  • Brian Epstein, sleeping pills.
  • Chris Farley, Saturday Night Live alumnus, cocaine and heroin, New York City.
  • Lolo Ferrari, huge knockers.
  • Judy Garland, sleeping pills.
  • Andy Gibb, of the Bee Gees, pills and heart problems.
  • Bobby Hatfield, of the Righteous Brothers, cocaine and heart problems.
  • Curt Hennig, pro wrestler, cocaine.
  • Billie Holiday, heroin
  • Shannon Hoon, of Blind Melon, New Orleans.
  • Anissa Jones, pigtailed Family Affair actress, barbituates and cocaine.
  • Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, drowned during an overdose.
  • Janis Joplin, heroin and whiskey, Hollywood.
  • Alvin Karpis, former Public Enemy #1, overdose in Spain.
  • Frankie Lymon, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, heroin, New York.
  • Robbie McIntosh, of the Average White Band.
  • Jonathan Melvoin, of Smashing Pumpkins, heroin.
  • Marilyn Monroe, sleeping pills.
  • Keith Moon, of The Who.
  • Pamela Morrison, Jim Morrison's widow, Hollywood.
  • Brad Nowell, of Sublime.
  • Christina Onassis, daughter and heir of Aristotle Onassis, diet pills.
  • Kristen Pfaff, of Hole, heroin.
  • River Phoenix, actor, numerous drugs.
  • Dana Plato, Diff'rent Strokes, suicide overdose of valium and loritab.
  • Elvis Presley, pills and/or other health issues, Memphis.
  • Dee Dee Ramone, of The Ramones, heroin, Los Angeles.
  • Stefanie Sargent, of 7 Year Bitch, heroin.
  • Will Shatter, of Flipper, heroin.
  • Bobby Sheehan, of Blues Traveler, heroin + cocaine + Valium.
  • Hillel Slovak, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Los Angeles.
  • Layne Staley, of Alice in Chains, heroin and cocaine.
  • Vinnie Taylor, of Sha Na Na, heroin.
  • Johnny Thunders, of the New York Dolls, heroin.
  • Sid Vicious, of the Sex Pistols, heroin.
  • Andrew Wood, of Mother Love Bone, heroin.
  • Paula Yates, TV host and girlfriend of deceased rocker Michael Hutchence, heroin, London.

Overdoses by Alcohol

  • John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, choked on his own vomit.
  • Steve Clark, of Def Leppard, London.
  • Neal Cassady, Hipster muse, pills and alcohol, Mexico.
  • Tommy Dorsey, choked on his own vomit in his sleep.
  • Jimi Hendrix, barbituates and alcohol, choked on his own vomit, London.
  • Jim Morrison of The Doors, choked on his own vomit, Paris.
  • Bon Scott, of AC/DC, choked on his own vomit in a friend's car.
  • Dylan Thomas, poet.