Celebrities Who Died From Drug Related Deaths
When you think of Hollywood, three things come to mind: fame, sex, and drugs. It seems like anyone who is attracted to the fame aspect of Hollywood manages to get caught up negatively in one of the latter two. Some say it's the stress of fame; others will say it is just as rampant in regular society and that Hollywood is no different.
Unfortunately, the thrill of sex and drugs brings visions of fun, thrill-seeking atmosphere, without the negative ramifications such lifestyle will bring, which only leads to deceiving those who look up to these actors and singers.
Sometimes the ultimate tragedy results from this lifestyle, and people who had a positive impact on those around them overdose on their favorite drug.
2016 - Prince
Prince (born June 7, 1950) is arguably the most talented singer/songwriter of all time. Having written his songs as well as hit songs for many of the world's greatest singers, he was extremely talented. He died of an accidental overdose of Fentanyl at 57 years old on April 21, 2016.
2012 - Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston (born on August 9, 1963) had a unique, strong, amazing voice that few could ever match. She also did several movies that portrayed strong female characters. She died at 46 unexpectedly in a bathtub. Cocaine and heart disease appeared to be contributing factors, although her cause of death was determined to be drowning. Unfortunately, her daughter Bobbie Brown died similarly years later with drugs and alcohol in her system in a bathtub, although no one knows whether it was an intentional death or accidental.
2009 - Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson (born on August 29, 1958) was one of the most outstanding performers of all time. He had a unique style, not only in his dress but his dance and singing as well. Jackson made some of the most outstanding music videos of all time. Unfortunately, he lost his life at 50 on June 25, 2009, due to an accidental overdose due to negligence by his doctor. His doctor prescribed Lorazepam and Propofol in too large of amounts.
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Corey Haim - age 38, best known for the movie The Lost Boys. His face surfaced on almost all Teeny Bopper magazines in the eighties.
Heath Ledger died in February 2008 - best known for acting in Brokeback Mountain and 10 Things I Hate About You. He died before he got to see his best work The Dark Knight revealed to the world. His death was considered an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Brad Renfro died in 2008- best known as an actor. He was best known for acting in The Client, The Cure, and Tom, and Huck. He died of an accidental heroin overdose.
Anna Nicole Smith, whose real name was Vicky Lynn Hogan, died in 2007 - best known for her Playboy stint, and her reality tv show. She died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Dana Plato died in 1999 - best known for her acting in Different Strokes. She is believed to have committed suicide by taking an overdose of a painkiller due to the large dose found in her system, as well as her history of previous suicide attempts.
Chris Farley died in 1997 - best known as a comedian and made many movies including Tommy Boy and his numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live. He died of accidental cocaine overdose.
Jerry Garcia died in 1995 of a drug-related heart attack - most well known for his amazing guitarist, singer, and songwriter with the Grateful Dead. His full name is Jerome John Garcia.
Kurt Cobain passed away in 1994 after leaving rehab for drug abuse and then committing suicide. He left behind a note for his wife Courtney Love and his daughter. He was best known for being the lead singer of Nirvana.
Elvis Presley, aka the King, died in 1977 - best known for his singing and swaying hips, but also acted in several films like Love me Tender although there is a long-standing belief that he is not truly dead due to the hero-worship many gave him: his death report states, Cardiac arrhythmia.
Jim Morrison died in 1971 - best known for being a lyricist for The Doors. He was a singer, songwriter, and filmmaker. His death report states that he died of heart failure, although some said that his favorite drug was LSD.
Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 - best known as a guitarist and for his distinctive clothes. He died of an accidental drug overdose. His drugs of choice were marijuana, pep pills, and cocaine.
Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose in 1970 - and was most well known for her amazing voice.
Judy Garland was born Frances Ethel Gumm died in 1969- best known for acting, especially in The Wizard of Oz and repeated starring opposite Mickey Rooney. She died of an accidental overdose.
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortensen died in 1962 - best known for being a blond beauty who was both a singer and actress. She starred in Some Like it Hot! Monroe grew up most of her childhood in various foster homes. She eventually died of a drug overdose.
Though I know there are many more, it is sad that so many have such a preventable death. The pressures of Hollywood may have done them in, but hopefully someday this pattern will stop. If you want to see a tribute to some of these talented women and men, there is a nice video to the bottom.
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