The List of the Famous Who Have Died for Their Addictions
Those are people who died, died
Those are people who died, died
Those are people WHO died, died
They were all my friends
They just died - Jim Carrol
Died in the Bathroom
A medical examiner listed the cause of death as cardiac arrhythmia caused by ingesting a large number of drugs.
The official cause of death was acute morphine poisoning caused by an accidental overdose.
Struggled with drug use and in 2004 was found dead on the floor of his bathroom of a suspected heroin overdose.
The official report listed the cause of death as heart failure, but drug and alcohol abuse ended his brief life.
The official cause of death was eventually ruled to be accidental asphyxiation. He was naked, bound hand and foot, with a hypodermic needle sticking out of each arm and obscenities written all over his body.
Famous People from the 80's
Died in 1997 of a drugs overdose in Scotland. If you don't remember him, he was the lead singer of the great 80s band The Associates - they had hits with "Club Country" and "Party Fears Two". He had a really bizzarre voice and tended to wear suits and bowler hats. (Don't ask me why...)
David McComb of The Triffids-
The death was related to long-term heart problems and, in turn, to years of alcohol abuse.
Member of influential Canadaian industrial band Skinny Puppy , died of a heroin overdose.
Overdose in 1987; he was the guitarist of the red hot chili peppers, also one of the best guitarist ever.
Peter Jackson (rugby league star)-
played several teams for Australia, died of a drug overdose.
died of drug overdose.
"Singer"/Dancer in Milli Vanilli. Drug overdose.
Steve Clark of Def Leppard, died of compression of the brain stem due to drugs and alcohol.
Lead singer and guitarist of Big Country, he committed suicide in Hawaii, suffering from alcohol-related depression.
The Long List
professional wrestling promoter, heart complications brought on by drug abuse.
actor, drug overdose.
David Allen Adkisson-
professional wrestler, death speculated upon as drugs overdose.
Kerry Gene Adkisson-
professional wrestler, suicide, after arrest for cocaine possession and drug problems.
Michael Brent Adkisson-
professional wrestler, suicide, overdosed on tranquilizers.
writer, committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates.
infamous drug dealer, drug induced heart failure.
punk musician, heroin overdose.
former child actress, alcohol and heroin overdose.
Italian-born actress, died of anaphylactic shock after being given a tranquilizer by her doctor.
actor and bodybuilder, heroin overdose.
champion horse-racing jockey, drug-related causes.
musician, drug overdose.
painter, drug overdose.
photographer & make-up artist, kidney and liver failure due to Tylenol toxicity, due to prescription painkillers addiction.
Chet Baker- jazz trumpeter and singer.
musician, Coil, fell over a banister while drunk.
musician, The Supremes, cardiac arrest strongly exacerbated by long-term drug abuse.
musician, writer, overdose of painkillers, possibly accidental.
Jean-Michel Basquiat- painter, heroin overdose.
American former child actor, suicide, barbiturate overdose.
jazz musician, alcoholism.
Major League Baseball pitcher, after using the drug ephedra.
of the Blues Brothers, actor, and comedian, heroin and cocaine overdose (speedball).
musician, trumpet, liver cirrhosis from alcoholism.
musician, Tripping Daisy.
ex-footballer with Manchester United, multiple organ failure exacerbated by chronic long-standing alcoholism.
Leah Betts- schoolgirl, ecstasy related.
basketball star; died of cocaine overdose before ever playing in the NBA.
musician, the Pink Fairies, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Mungo Jerry.
Bam Bam Bigelow-
professional wrestler, toxic levels of cocaine and temazepam.
Count Gottfried von Bismarck-
Aristocrat, suspected drug overdose.
Matty Blagg (real name Matthew Roberts)- musician, Blaggers I.T.A., heart attack due to ketamine / ecstacy OD.
blues guitarist, heroin overdose.
musician, Deep Purple, drugs overdose and/or alcohol poisoning.
musician Led Zeppelin, alcohol related asphyxiation caused by choking on his own vomit.
James Booker- musician, liver failure.
former professional ice skater, possible prescription drug overdose.
model, acute intoxication - combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam.
musician, Borknagar,Gorgoroth,and Immortal, suicide - pill overdose.
musician, suicide after long-term substance abuse issues.
musician, Reggae singer, believed to be AIDS related but strong rumours of chronic drug abuse.
Lenny Bruce- comedian, morphine overdose.
musician, 10,000 Maniacs, liver disease.
rock and roll musician, heroin overdose.
Chad Butler (aka "Pimp C")-
rap musician, accidental overdose of Promethazine/Codeine "syrup" mixed with a pre-existing medical condition, sleep apnea.
musician, drug and alcohol overdose.
writer, drugs overdose, and other things (suicide).
Toy Caldwell- musician, Marshall Tucker Band.
guitarist of Hawthorne Heights, accidental drug overdose through mixture of opiates, citalopram, and clonazepam.
former Major League Baseball player; acute cocaine and opiates intoxication.
Skip Candelori- musician, Turning Point.
journalist, actor, heroin overdose, he became an addict while researching addicts in New York.
writer, liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication.
supermodel, heroin abuse led to a death from AIDS.
blues musician, cirrhosis of the liver as a result of alcoholism.
musician, the Byrds, bleeding ulcer due to long term alcohol abuse.
musician, hard bop pianist, heroin overdose.
musician, Def Leppard, accidential death (anti-depressants, painkillers and alcohol).
musician, the Byrds, liver failure due to long term alcoholism.
Will Clay - musician, The Toys.
actor, heart attack due to severe alcoholism and drug abuse.
musician, Nirvana, heroin overdose and a shotgun wound in head. Also theories for murder.
Natasha Collins- actress - cocaine overdose.
Brian Cole -
musician, the Association, heroin overdose.
musician, Sweet, liver damage caused by long-term substance abuse and chronic alcoholism.
Megan Connolly- actress, heroin overdose.
common law wife of Jim Morrison of The Doors, heroin overdose.
Cowboy(real name Keith Wiggins)-
musician, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, drug overdose.
musician, Atari Teenage Riot, drug overdose.
punk musician, of The Germs, suicide by heroin overdose.
musician, ex-Ratt, contracted HIV as a result of long-time heroin addiction and died of a heroin overdose.
singer, suicide, barbiturates overdose (sleeping pills).
actress, singer, anti-depressant overdose.
alternative rock singer/ songwriter, heroin overdose.
Jesse Ed Davis-
guitarist, session musician, drug overdose.
professional bodybuilder, heroin overdose.
film director, heart attack, small amount of cocaine taken may have contributed.
musician, the Vejtables, February Sunshine, the Wilde Knights and the Merry-Go-Round.
Dimwit- musician, D.O.A., drug overdose.
pornographic actress, cardiac arrest caused by overdose of migraine medication.
musician, Osibisa, drug addiction and AIDS.
musician, heart attack thought to be result of codeine overdose.
politician/ businessman/ journalist, suicide under influence of alcohol/ overdose of barbiturates.
jazz musician and bandleader, choked to death while sleeping with the aid of drugs.
musician, Flipper, heroin overdose.
stand-up comedian, "acute intoxication" by the effects of alcohol, tranquilizers and painkillers.
musician, anti-depressant overdose, disputed suicide.
Michael Dransfield- poet, heroin overdose.
actor, heart failure, long term drug abuse.
Kevin DuBrow- rock vocalist, cocaine overdose.
Bobby Duncum, Jr.-
professional wrestler, prescription drug overdose.
professional wrestler, drugs overdose.
actress, alcohol and/or heroin abuse.
musician, liner notes for greatest hits album claim death due to alcoholism.
John Entwistle- musician, bassist for the Who, died from heart failure brought upon by cocaine use.
Manager of The Beatles, drug overdose.
musician, ex-bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, heroin overdose.
Rick Evers - musician, drummer and songwriter, was married to Carole King, heroin overdose.
comedian who rose to fame on Saturday Night Live, cocaine and morphine overdose (speedball).
musician, the Pretenders, drowned/ heroin overdose.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder-
playwright, director, cocaine overdose (possible suicide).
Brenda Fassie- singer, cocaine overdose.
performer and actor, complications of alcoholism.
musician, the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
professional football goalkeeper, died driving drunk in 2001.
co-publisher of Hustler magazine, drowned after passing out after drug overdose.
musician, EMF, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, temazepam, barbiturates and alcohol in bloodstream.
supermodel and socialite, cocaine use.
neurologist, long-term cocaine use, physician assisted morphine overdose (euthansia).
musician, Taste, died of pnemonia and a liver failure, caused by side effects of a combination of doctor-prescribed drugs.
musician, Tubeway Army, drug overdose.
singer and actress, disputed drug overdose as cause of death.
musician, Little Feat, heart attack - habitual drug abuse probable cause.
actress (Barbarella) and socialite (Wife of John Paul Getty Jr), heroin overdose in Rome 1971.
singer, younger brother of the Bee Gees; cardiac damage strongly exacerbated by cocaine and alcohol abuse.
actor, morphine poisoning, suspected drugs overdose.
musician, Zephyr, drowned in jacuzzi after passing out from a mix of alcohol and quaaludes.
former professional boxer turned actor, cocaine, heroin, hydrocodone, and diazepam overdose.
Alexander Godunov- actor, died of alcoholism.
musician, Skinny Puppy, heroin overdose.
jazz tenor saxophonist, Duke Ellington, narcotics overdose.
poet, presumed accidental drug overdose.
indie musician, member of GOD, heroin overdose.
Gribouille- singer, drugs overdose.
professional wrestler, previous drug use led to heart attack.
musician, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, heroin overdose.
noted computer hacker, heroin overdose on 21st birthday.
musician, Atomic Rooster, drug overdose (suicide).
musician, The Righteous Brothers, heart attack triggered by cocaine overdose.
folk musician, heroin and morphine overdose.
wife and murderer of comedian Phil Hartman, suicide after cocaine and alcohol.
musician,The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, liver damage caused by alcohol abuse.
actress, intentional barbiturate overdose.
James Hayden- actor, heroin overdose.
professional poker player, drug overdose.
musician, guitarist, of the P-funk collective, liver failure.
comedian, multiple drug toxicity (cocaine and heroin).
Helno (real name Noel Rota)-
musician, Les Negresses Vertes, died trying to overcome serious drug addiction.
indie musician, member of GOD, heroin overdose.
actress, disputed suicide, overdose of phenobarbital.
rock and roll musician, respiratory arrest caused by alcohol and barbiturate overdose and vomit inhalation.
professional wrestler, cocaine overdose.
Gregory Herbet- musician, Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Gino Hernandez- wrestler, cocaine overdose.
Bob Hite- musician, Canned Heat, heart attack.
Randy Jo Hobbs - musician.
self-identified communo-anarchist, social and political activist in the United States, suicide by overdose of Phenobarbital pills.
El Duce Hoke-
musician, drummer and singer in the Mentors, hit by train when alcohol intoxicated (disputed murder theories).
jazz singer died from cirrhosis of the liver attributed to longtime alcohol and heroin abuse.
Hollywood Fats- musician, heroin overdose.
actor, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, alcohol and morphine overdose.
musician, the Pretenders, cocaine overdose.
musician, singer in Blind Melon, cocaine overdose.
aviator, engineer, industrialist, movie producer, playboy, liver failure - autopsy showed lethal amount of codeine and also valium in body.
died of barbiturate overdose while being treated by suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams.
professional wrestling manager, accidential overdose of alcohol, alprazolam, temazepam, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and anabolic steroids.
professional skateboarder and actor, apparent cocaine overdose.
singer, suicide involving lethal amounts of alcohol and temazepam.
singer, liver damage caused by alcohol.
Steven Ronald "Stevo" Jensen-
musician, The Vandals, prescription drug overdose.
Joëlle, American born French singer-
Anissa Jones- actress (played "Buffy" on American TV series Family Affair), accidential overdose of cocaine, angel dust, Quaaludes and Seconal.
photographer and makeup artist, complications of muscular dystrophy coupled with injection of methamphetamine.
musician, the Rolling Stones, drowned, very likely due to alcohol and barbiturate intoxication.
Rob Jones (a.k.a. The Bass Thing)-
musician - former bassist of The Wonder Stuff, heroin/cocaine/alcohol overdose.
Russell Jones (a.k.a. Ol' Dirty Bastard)-
hip hop musician, accidential overdose, cocaine and prescription painkiller.
rock and roll and blues musician, heroin overdose.
musician, Jerry Garcia Band, complications of heart disease, heroin, cocaine, and antidepressants found in his body.
musician, Orleans, heroin overdose.
David Kennedy - fourth child of Robert F. Kennedy, cocaine and Demerol overdose.
writer/poet, complications due to alcoholism.
lepidopterist and medical doctor, drug overdose.
Irish-American journalist and television game show panelist, fatal combination of alcohol and Seconal, perhaps concurrent with a heart attack.
hockey player, died during struggle with police after cocaine overdose.
musician, Free, drug-related heart problems.
musician, Redd Kross, drug overdose.
actor, acute overdose of alcohol and hypnotic barbiturates, probable suicide.
pornographic actress, drug overdose.
Barbara La Marr-
actress, drug-related death in Hollywood.
Karen Lancaume- pornographic actress, overdose of temazepam (suicide).
actress, overdose of barbiturates (suicide).
musician, Pere Ubu, acute pancreatitis.
actor, accidental death Combined Drug Intoxication of various prescription drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, temazepam, and others.
Rudy Lewis- musician, the Drifters.
R&B singer, son of O'Jays singer Eddie Levert - accidental combination of prescription medications.
Frank X. Leyendecker-
illustrator, drug overdose.
glamour model & actress, heroin overdose.
silent film actress, overdose of barbiturates.
American football player, heroin overdose.
professional wrestler, choked on his own vomit after overdose of painkillers and alcohol.
Trinity Loren (real name: Joyce Evelyn McPherson)-
porn star, model, and stripper, accidental overdose of prescription painkillers.
Bela Lugosi- actor, drug-related heart attack.
Zoe Tamerlis Lund-
former child musical prodigy turned model, actress, and writer, heart failure due to heroin use.
first notable African American supermodel & actress, drug overdose.
musician, doo wop singer, heroin overdose.
writer on memetics, opiate-based painkiller overdose (coroner ruled accidental death.)
musician, Thin Lizzy, health breakdown caused by a heroin overdose. (speedball.)
musician, the Associates, overdosed on temazepam, amitriptyline, and paracetamol (suicide).
Australian Footballer, alleged accidental overdose.
Bibek Maitra- politician, drug overdose.
musician, The Small Faces and Humble Pie, drug related fire.
professional wrestler, accidental overdose with multiple drugs in her system, including high amounts of oxycodone.
Major League Baseball player and manager, alcohol-related auto accident.
James McCallum Bronson-
stepson of actor Charles Bronson, drug overdose.
musician, The Triffids, heroin overdose.
musician with Wings, guitarist, heroin overdose.
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan-
musician, the Grateful Dead, gastrointestinal hemorrhage linked to alcohol abuse.
musician, Average White Band, heroin overdose.
Clyde McPhatter - singer.
Aimee Semple McPherson-
Canadian-born evangelist and media sensation in the 1920s and 1930s, overdose of prescription barbiturates.
touring keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins, heroin overdose.
Big Maceo Merriweather-
blues pianist, chronic alcoholism.
calypso music singer, alcohol-related illness.
musician, The GTOs, heroin overdose.
painter, tubercular meningitis - exacerbated by poverty, overworking, and excessive use of alcohol and narcotics.
Joëlle Mogensen- singer, drug overdose.
actress, overdose of barbiturate-based sleeping pills.
Ken Montgomery- musician, D.O.A.
musician, the Who, overdosed on anti-seizure medication prescribed for alcoholism.
Edith Alice Morrell-
died of morphine overdose while being treated by suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams.
Chester Morris- actor, drug overdose.
musician, The Doors, heart failure, alcohol abuse (cause and fact of death disputed).
musician, the New York Dolls, accidental suffocation after drugs and alcohol.
musician, keyboardist, of the Grateful Dead, cocaine/morphine overdose.
Modest Mussorgsky- classical composer, alcohol.
musician, The Nuns, drugs overdose.
rock musician in the band Jokke & Valentinerne, drug overdose.
musician, Sublime, heroin overdose.
Jack Nance- actor, alcohol addiction.
actor, of In the Heat of the Night TV series, suicide under influence of cocaine.
actress, of Eight Is Enough - multiple drug intoxication.
musician/ singer, heart attack after prescription drugs addiction.
daughter of the billionaire Aristotle Onassis, pulmonary edema, caused by constant drug abuse and dramatic weight changes.
Charlie Ondras- musician, Unsane.
musician, American Head Charge, accidental prescription-drug overdose.
singer, lyricist of the Ruts, heroin overdose.
musician, drummer, Styx, complications of alcohol abuse.
cyclist, Tour de France winner; acute cocaine intoxication.
jazz musician; the official cause of death was (lobar) pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer, his death was hastened by his drug and alcohol abuse.
television actor, heroin overdose.
country musician, of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, overdose, purportedly of morphine and tequila.
Jon-Jon Paulos- musician, the Buckinghams.
actor (Reservoir Dogs), brother of Sean Penn, heart disease and prescription drugs.
Art Pepper- jazz musician.
John Pulcine- Painter, drug overdose.
actor, syphillis & alcohol and drug abuse.
musician, ex-member of Hole, heroin overdose.
musician, singer, liver and kidney failure due to alcohol and heroin dependency.
musician, of the Mamas and the Papas, heart failure due to lifetime of alcohol and narcotics abuse.
actor, overdose of heroin and cocaine (speedball).
Jeffrey Lee Pierce- musician, the Gun Club.
"musician", Milli Vanilli, drug overdose.
actress, of Diff'rent Strokes, suicide - overdose of muscle relaxant Vanadom (carisoprodol)and Vicodin.
model, appeared in Vogue and Cosmopolitan - heroin overdose in 1975.
painter; killed in a single-car accident while driving drunk.
professional baseball catcher (Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals) turned broadcaster, cocaine overdose.
singer, heart attack brought on by overdose of barbiturates.
comic, actor (Chico and the Man), self-inflicted gunshot wound while under the influence of Quaaludes.
musician, suicide by heroin overdose.
Glenn Quinn- actor, heroin overdose.
bass guitarist, Derek and the Dominos, Eric Clapton, kidney disease due to long term narcotics and alcohol abuse.
Dee Dee Ramone-
musician, the Ramones, heroin overdose.
James Ray- singer, drug overdose.
musician, liver failure caused by alcoholism.
film director, barbiturate overdose.
actor, flu caused by morphine addiction.
musician, Watertower West and Tony And The Tigers, heroin and alcohol overdose.
singer, fatal alcohol and temazepam interaction.
actor, overdose of heroin and morphine.
Rob Graves Ritter-
musician, Thelonius Monster, Gun Club, the Bags, 45 Grave.
actress - barbiturate overdose (suicide).
musician, bassist with Johnny Cash, heroin overdose.
American football player, cocaine overdose.
Peter Rosen - musician, War.
actress, flu caused by heroin addiction.
musician, keyboardist, Culture Club, heroin overdose.
musician, the Temptations, drug overdose.
actor, barbiturates overdose (suicide).
model and actress, overdose of hydromorphone and cocaine.
musician, Three Dog Night, heart attack resulting from long-term drug abuse.
Bon Scott- musician, AC/DC, aspiration brought on by alcohol intoxication.
jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz-club owner, died accidentally from a mixture of brandy and temazepam.
actress, barbiturate and alcohol overdose (suicide).
musician, Rich Kids on LSD, treatment with natural drugs.
Major League Baseball relief pitcher, cocaine-induced heart attack.
Edie Sedgwick- actress.
wife of actor William Shatner, drowned in swimming pool while intoxicated and with traces of diazepam in bloodstream.
musician, Fliper, heroin overdose.
musician, Blues Traveler, drug overdose.
baseball player, cocaine and heroin overdose (speedball).
rock musician, heroin overdose.
Judee Sill- folk musician, heroin overdose.
film producer, heart attack, reports of 20 drugs in his body at time of death.
road racing cyclist, dehydration and exhaustion while cycling, amphetamines and alcohol usage.
musician, Red Hot Chili Peppers, heroin overdose.
Anna Nicole Smith-
Playboy playmate, actress, reality show star, lethal combination of chloral hydrate and various benzodiazepines.
Davey Boy Smith-
professional wrestler, heart attack - steroid abuse may have contributed.
Robert "Snoopy" Smith-
Saxophonist and husband of jazz and blues singer, Fritzi Presley, died in Biloxi, MS of heart attack after a lifetime of alcohol abuse.
comedian, writer and actor, mixture of alcohol, alprazolam, and fentanyl.
Epic Soundtracks - musician, Swell Maps.
professional wrestler, choked on vomit after drugs and alcohol overdose.
musician, Alice in Chains, cocaine and heroin overdose (speedball).
pornographic actor, overdose of cocaine, morphine, heroin and ketamine.
actress, suicide - overdose of sleeping pills.
musician, suicide - sleeping pills overdose.
actress, deliberate barbiturate overdose.
pornographic model & actress, a drug overdose from a combination of the painkillers codeine and oxycodone.
Screaming Lord Sutch-
singer and politician, suicide following Prozac overdose.
Zoë Tamerlis Lund-
musician turned model, heart failure after sustained heroin and cocaine abuse.
Warren Tartaglia (Walid al-Taha)-
jazz musician & one of six founders of Moorish Orthodox Church of America, heroin overdose.
former wrestler for the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling organization, apparent drug overdose.
musician, Sha Na Na, heroin overdose.
musician, Uriah Heep, drug overdose.
musician, Pennywise, suicide after depression and alcoholism treatment.
Jotie T'Hooft- poet, drug overdose, suicide.
musician, the New York Dolls, alcohol and methadone poisoning.
Dylan Thomas- poet, chronic alcoholism.
poet, "a brutal mix of barbiturates and liquor."
Georg Trakl- playwright, cocaine overdose.
D. M. Turner-
author/psychonaut, drowned in a bathtub while on ketamine.
musician/producer, died from cocaine overdose with high blood pressure and emphysema as contributing factors.
bebop jazz pianist, heroin overdose.
Three-time World Series of Poker Main Event winner, heart condition caused by long-term cocaine abuse.
Enrique Urquijo- singer, drug overdose.
former professional footballer with Arsenal, post mortem found he had a high levels of methadone, heroin, temazepam, diazepam, and alcohol in his bloodstream.
actress, secobarbital overdose (suicide).
magazine editor, drug overdose.
musician, the Sex Pistols, heroin overdose, disputed suicide.
rock and roll musician, liver damage caused by alcohol.
Robert Hudson Walker-
actor, died suddenly after being administered sodium amytal by his doctor.
female boxer and Martial arts fighter, apparent medicine overdose.
Jeremy Michael Ward-
musician, The Mars Volta, apparent heroin overdose.
musician, singer, overdose of diet pills and alcohol.
American football defensive-back, cocaine-induced heart attack.
lead guitarist of The Seminal Rats, heroin overdose.
student, heroin overdose led to large-scale anti-drugs press campaign in Britain.
artist, heroin and temazepam overdose.
guitarist with The Guess Who, kidney failure after sustained drug abuse.
guitarist, songwriter, complications from lung cancer caused by excessive cigarette smoking.
country musician, alcohol poisoning.
musician, Crazy Horse, drug overdose or drugs with alcohol (disputed).
racecar driver, drug overdose.
musician, Canned Heat, drug overdose (possible suicide).
musician, The Beach Boys, alcohol-related drowning.
musician, drugs and probably alcohol.
actor, author and comedian of Carry On fame, overdose of barbiturates (accidental or suicide).
pornographic actress, overdose on alprazolam, chloral hydrate and alcohol.
musician, lead singer Mother Love Bone, Malfunkshun, heroin overdose.
Australian schoolgirl, cerebral edema, caused by water intoxication and resultant hyponatremia after taking ecstasy.
actress, drowned when intoxicated.
British TV presenter & author, partner of deceased INXS star, Michael Hutchence, heroin overdose.
-I don't think this list will be finished anytime soon.