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Great Lives Lost To Drug Overdoses

Updated on September 16, 2017
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Janis Lyn Joplin

  • January 19, 1943 - October 4, 1970
  • Born in Port Arthur, TX
  • American singer and songwriter
  • Overdosed alone in her home on heroin; believed to be accidental.

John Adam Belushi

  • January 24, 1949 - March 5, 1982
  • Born in Chicago, IL
  • Albanian American comedian, actor, and musician
  • Died alone at the Chateau Marmont of a cocaine and heroine overdose (a.k.a. speedball)

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Christopher Crosby "Chris" Farley

  • February 15, 1964 - December 18, 1997
  • Born in Madison, WI
  • American comedian and actor
  • The last to see Chris alive was a hooker who left him alone in his apartment, and he passed away later that night of an opiate and cocaine overdose.

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James Marshall "Jimi" Hendrix

  • November 27, 1942 - September 18,1970
  • Born in Seattle, WA
  • One of the greatest electric guitarist
  • Many speculations are tied to Jimi's death. It may not be certain that his death was from an overdose, although he did take 9 of his sister's prescription sleeping pills the night he died.

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James Douglas "Jim" Morrison

  • December 8, 1943 - July 3, 1973
  • American poet, singer, songwriter, writer, and filmmaker
  • Born in Melbourne, FL
  • Died in Paris, France of a possible heroine overdose (there was never an autopsy to conclude cause of death)

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Vickie Lynn Hogan a.k.a. Anna Nicole Smith

  • November 28, 1967 - February 8, 2007
  • Born in Houston, TX
  • American model and actress
  • She died several months after her son's (Danial Smith) fatal overdose. She died of a prescription pill overdose in the hospital after being found unconscious in her hotel room.  She had a variety of prescriptions pills in her system.

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Michael Joseph Jackson

  • August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009
  • Born in Gary, IN
  • American singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, and record producer
  • Died in his mansion after being administered and injected highly potent drugs by his doctor.

My mom on the left, me in the middle, and her best friend
My mom on the left, me in the middle, and her best friend
My mom on the right with her best friend of 30 years
My mom on the right with her best friend of 30 years
School days
School days
Teenage years
Teenage years
Mom on the left
Mom on the left
Mom with my daughter about a year before her death
Mom with my daughter about a year before her death

Dedicated to my mom - She loved SRV

Carolyn King

  • December 16, 1950 - March 18, 2000
  • Born in Minnesota
  • My mother
  • She had a variety of drugs in her system, but the doctor concluded it was a heroine overdose. I believe it was accidental.


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