What a waste of talent


Philip Seymour Hoffman didn’t want ‘trust fund kids,’ court docs shows:

I hope his “live-in” squeeze and mother of his three kids has a few more scruples than the  brilliant, addicted now deceased super-star actor did.

Hoffman’s ambulance chaser David Friedman was told by his drug addicted client that he did not want to have his kids grow up to be “trust-fund” kids. I really don’t see the problem with that as long as they are supervised properly.  “Properly supervised” in La La Land is the problem.

The news article was a little misleading. Hoffman left all of his fortune to the mother of his three kids. Hopefully she is a little more level headed and sober than Hoffman was and takes care of her kids at the right time.

Needless to say, Hoffman was a brilliant actor but the stress of the limelight, his life style of addiction and the company he kept finally did the big fella in.

His last big performance was being carried on the shoulders of six closest “living” friends.

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These couple different pictures of the super-star basically tell his happy to sad tale. What a waster of talent.

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It truly is a shame and a sin on these people like Hoffman that get caught up in such a negative a life-style that spy-rolls out of control. They live for all of the accolades and fame that comes with their stardom and all they end up with in the end is some notoriety and their names on the front page, maybe.

It is mind boggling just how many celebs have died in drug related deaths. They are always chasing the next “high” trying to out-due the last one. “All the glitters is not golden”.

What disturbs me the most about these situation is how these people are glorified in the media after they make their exit. There rarely is any mention of the miserable lives they lead before going to the big Emmy Award in the sky. Something for all the younger kids to want to emulate.

The biblical saying “live by the sword and die by the sword” certainly has taken shape in many forms.

The death list in alphabetical order: Wikipedia

A
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Herb Abrams
1954–1996 Wrestling promoter Cocaine-related heart attack. [1][2]

Janet Achurch
1864–1916 Actress Morphine overdose.
[3]

Brian Adams
1963–2007 Wrestler Painkiller overdose. Accidental. [4]

Nick Adams
1931–1968 Actor Barbiturate overdose. Death officially certified as “accidental-suicidal and undetermined.” High levels of sedatives were found in his blood. [5]

Stuart Adamson
1958–2001 Musician (Big Country)
Hanged himself under the influence of alcohol.
[6]

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
1892–1927 Writer Veronal overdose. Suicide. [7]

Louisa May Alcott
1832–1888 Author Death commonly attributed to complications from extensive long term mercury poisoning.
[8]

Asa A. Allen
1911–1970 Evangelist Liver failure due to acute alcoholism.
[9]

Dennis Allen
1951–1987 Drug dealer Heart failure. “Pieces of his heart actually broke off after decades of heavy drug abuse.” [10]

GG Allin
1956–1993 Musician Heroin overdose.
[11]

William Barnsley Allen
1892–1933 Army officer Unspecified narcotic overdose. Accidental. [12]

Pier Angeli
1932–1971 Actress Barbiturate overdose. Accidental. [13][14]

Matthew Ansara
1965–2001 Actor Heroin overdose. Accidental. [15]

Chris Antley
1966–2000 Jockey Severe blunt trauma. The coroner’s report concluded that Antley had died of a multiple drug overdose and the injuries were likely related to a fall caused by the drugs. [16]

Jean Améry
1912–1978 Writer Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [17]

Diane Arbus
1923–1971 Photographer Consumed a number of barbiturates and then slit her wrists. Suicide. [18]

Reinaldo Arenas
1943–1990 Poet Overdosage of unspecified drugs. Suicide. [19]

West Arkeen
1960–1997 Musician Opiate overdose. Accidental. [20]

Howard Arkley
1951–1999 Painter Heroin overdose. Accidental. [21]

Kevyn Aucoin
1962–2002 Photographer, make-up artist Kidney and liver failure due to Tylenol toxicity as a result of a prescription painkiller addiction. [22]

B
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Chet Baker
1929–1988 Musician, singer Fatal fall from a balcony while under the influence of cocaine and heroin.
[23][24]

Tom Baker
1940–1982 Actor Heroin overdose. [25]

Lester Bangs
1948–1982 Music critic, musician Overdose of Darvon, Valium and NyQuil.
[26]

Barbette
1899–1973 Trapeze artist Unspecified drug overdose. Suicide. [27]

Robert Barlow
1918–1951 Author Overdose of barbiturates. Suicide. [28]

Sid Barnes
1916–1973 Cricketer Barbiturate and bromide poisoning. Self-administered though intent could not be determined. [29]

Jean-Michel Basquiat
1960–1988 Painter Heroin overdose. [30]

Michael Carl Baze
1987–2011 Jockey Cocaine and oxymorphone overdose. Accidental. [31]

Scotty Beckett
1929–1968 Child actor Suspected overdose. Pills and a note were found next to his body. However, the coroner’s report was not released. [32]

Steve Bechler
1979–2003 Baseball pitcher Heatstroke. The coroner indicated that “the toxicity of ephedra played a significant role” among many factors in contributing to his death. [33]

Brendan Behan
1923–1964 Poet, writer Diabetes exacerbated by his refusal to stop drinking alcohol. [34]

Jovan Belcher
1987–2012 American football player Self-inflicted gun shot wound after murdering girlfriend Kasandra Perkins. Belcher was found to have a blood alcohol level of .17, double the legal limit where he died. [35]

Gertrude Bell
1868–1926 Writer Overdose of sleeping pills. Whether it was an accident or suicide was undetermined. [36]

John Belushi
1949–1982 Actor, comedian Speedball. Accidental.
[37]

Jay Bennett
1963–2009 Guitarist (Wilco)
Fentanyl overdose. Accidental. [38]

Wes Berggren
1971–1999 Musician (Tripping Daisy)
Overdose. Traces of cocaine, propoxyphene, and benzodiazepines were found in his body. [39]

George Best
1946–2005 Football player Lung infection and multiple organ failure brought on by long-term alcoholism. [40][41]

Leah Betts
1977–1995 Student Excessive water consumption exacerbated by Ecstasy causing her body to release anti-diuretic hormones. [42]

Len Bias
1963–1986 Basketball player Cocaine overdose. Accidental. [43]

Big George
1957–2011 Presenter, broadcaster Heart attack after mephedrone use.
[44]

Big Moe
1974–2004 Rapper Heart attack with Purple Drank as a contributing factor. [45]

Bam Bam Bigelow
1961–2007 Wrestler Overdose. Lethal levels of cocaine and an anxiolytic drug were found in his blood. [46]

Robert Bingham
1966–1999 Writer Heroin overdose. [47]

Ted Binion
1943–1998 Gambling executive Heroin and Xanax overdose. Possible suicide. [48]

Count Gottfried von Bismarck
1962–2007 Aristocrat Cocaine and morphine overdose. [49]

Walter Patrick Bissell
1957–1987 Ballet dancer Overdose of cocaine, codeine, methadone and other drugs. [50]

Clara Blandick
1880–1962 Actress Acute asphyxiation in combination with overdosage of sleeping pills, most likely barbiturates. Euthanasia.
[51]

Erica Blasberg
1984–2010 Golfer Asphyxiation and toxic levels of “butalbital, temazepam, alprazolam, codeine, hydrocodone, and tramadol.” Suicide.
[52]

Mattie Blaylock
1850–1888 Prostitute Opiate poisoning. Suicide. [53]

Mike Bloomfield
1943–1981 Blues guitarist Unspecified drug overdose. [54]

Tommy Bolin
1951–1976 Musician (Deep Purple)
Unspecified drug overdose. [55]

John Bonham
1948–1980 Drummer (Led Zeppelin)
Choked on his own vomit after consuming forty shots of vodka. [56]

Derek Boogaard
1982–2011 Ice hockey player Toxic mix of alcohol and oxycodone. Accidental.
[57]

Jennie Bosschieter
1882–1900 Factory worker Overdose of drugged liquor. [58]

Christopher Bowman
1967–2008 Former ice skater Overdose. Traces of cocaine, Valium, alcohol and cannabis were found in his blood. Accidental. [59]

Charles Boyer
1899–1978 Actor Seconal overdose. Suicide.
[60]

Duncan Gordon Boyes
1846–1869 Soldier Delirium tremens.
[61]

Elisa Bridges
1973–2002 Model Acute intoxication by the combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and alprazolam.
[62][63]

Dianne Brimble
1960–2002 Mother Combination of gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and alcohol. [64]

Erik Brødreskift
1969–1999 Musician Overdose of unspecified pills. Suicide. [65]

Dave Brockie
1963–2014 Musician (Gwar)
Heroin overdose [66]

Branwell Brontë
1817–1848 Poet, painter, writer Tuberculosis aggravated by delerium tremens and opiate abuse.
[67]

Lenny Bruce
1925–1966 Comedian Acute morphine poisoning caused by an accidental overdose. [68]

Julia Bruns
1895–1927 Actress Alcohol poisoning. [69]

Tim Buckley
1947–1975 Musician Acute heroin, morphine and ethanol intoxication due to inhalation and ingestion of overdose. [70]

Richard Burton
1925–1984 Actor Alcohol-related causes. [71]

Paul Butterfield
1942–1987 Musician Drug-related heart failure. [72][73]

C
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Andrés Caicedo
1951–1977 Writer Secobarbital overdose. Suicide. [74]

Casey Calvert 1981–2007 Guitarist (Hawthorne Heights)
A rare lethal mixture of hydrocodone/APAP, citalopram and clonazepam. Accidental.
[75]

Ken Caminiti
1963–2004 Former baseball player. Cocaine and opiate overdose. [76]

Skip Candelori d. 2002 Singer (Turning Point)
Unspecified drug overdose. [77]

Max Cantor
1959–1991 Actor, journalist Heroin overdose. [78]

Truman Capote
1924–1984 Writer Liver disease complicated by phlebitis and multiple drug intoxication. [79]

Gia Carangi
1960–1986 Model AIDS-related complications contracted through intravenous heroin abuse. [80]

Leslie Carter
1986–2012 Singer While not attributing a cause of death, a police incident report stated Carter had suffered an overdose and was taking the prescription medications olanzapine, cyclobenzaprine and alprazolam.
[81]

John Cassavetes
1929–1989 Writer, actor, director Cirrhosis of liver due to alcoholism.
[82]

Leonard Chadwick
1878–1940 Soldier Combination of alcoholism and asphyxiation. [83]

Coco Chanel
1883–1971 Fashion designer Died of health complications and physical exhaustion exacerbated by years of heroin and opiate abuse. [84]

Vic Chesnutt
1964–2009 Musician Overdose of prescription medication. Suicide. [85]

Diana Churchill
1909–1963 Naval officer Barbiturate overdose. Suicide. [86]

Sally Clark
1964–2007 Solicitor Alcohol poisoning. [87]

Sonny Clark
1931–1963 Pianist Alcohol abuse; an attempt to counteract his heroin dependency. [88]

Steve Clark
1960–1991 Musician (Def Leppard)
Lethal overdose of codeine along with Valium, morphine and alcohol at more than 3 times the legal British limit. Accidental. [65][89]

Charmian Clift
1923–1969 Writer Unspecified drug overdose. Suicide. [90]

Kurt Cobain
1967–1994 Musician Cobain had injected himself with three times the lethal dose of heroin before he committed suicide by gunshot. [91]

Bob Collins
1946–2007 Politician Prescription drug and alcohol overdose. Suicide. [92]

Natasha Collins
1973–2008 Actress Cocaine overdose. Accidental. [93]

Brian Cole
1942–1972 Musician (The Association)
Heroin overdose. [94]

Michael Cooper
1941–1973 Photographer Heroin overdose. [95]

Megan Connolly
1974–2001 Actress Heroin overdose. [96]

Pamela Courson
1946–1974 Retail. Wife of Jim Morrison
Heroin overdose. [97]

Carl Crack
1971–2001 Musician (Atari Teenage Riot)
Overdose. Alcohol and unspecified pills were found in his stomach. [98]

Darby Crash
1958–1980 Musician (The Germs)
Heroin overdose. Suicide. [99][100]

Tim Crews
1961–1993 Baseball pitcher Crews was legally drunk when he crashed a boat, killing himself and Steve Olin.
[101]

Nancy Crick
1932–2002 Euthanasia activist Overdose of Nembutal. Euthanasia.
[102]

Robbin Crosby
1959–2002 Musician (Ratt)
Reported causes of his death include heroin overdose,[103][104] and AIDS-related complications,[105][106] which he admitted to contracting from shooting drugs.[107]

Bartley Crum
1900–1959 Lawyer Washed down an entire bottle of Seconal with whisky. Suicide.
[108]

William Cuppy
1884–1949 Literary critic Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [109]

Jackie Curtis
1947–1985 Actor Heroin overdose. [110]

Patricia Cutts
1926–1974 Actress Barbiturate overdose. Suicide. [111]

D
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Lin Dai
1934–1964 Actress Sleeping pill overdose combined with gas inhalation. [112]

Dalida
1933–1987 Singer Barbiturate overdose. Suicide. [113][114]

Jacques Damala
1855–1889 Actor Cocaine and morphine overdose. [115]

Dorothy Dandridge
1922–1965 Actress, singer Overdose of imipramine. Accidental. [116]

Jesse Ed Davis
1944–1988 Guitarist Heroin overdose. [117]

Ed Delahanty
1867–1903 Baseball player Delahanty was intoxicated when he drowned in Niagara Falls. Whether he fell, jumped or was pushed is debated. [118]

Thierry de la Villehuchet
1943–2008 Businessman Swallowed sleeping pills and slit his left arm. Suicide. [119]

Paul DeMayo
1967–2005 Former bodybuilder Heroin overdose. [120]

Ted Demme
1963–2002 Director Heart attack. Cocaine was found in his system which the coroner stated may have been a factor in his death. Accidental. [121]

Daniel Deniehy
1828–1865 Politician “Loss of blood and fits induced by habits of intemperance.”
[122]

Teri Diver
1971–2001 Pornographic actress Migraine medication overdose. Accidental. [123]

DJ Screw
1971–2000 Musician Overdose of codeine and other drugs. Accidental. [124]

Kiki Djan
1957–2004 Musician AIDS and narcotic-related complications. [125]

Chris Donald
1949–1974 Musician Heroin overdose [126]

Desmond Donnelly
1920–1974 Politician, journalist Barbiturate and alcohol overdose. Suicide. [127]

Tommy Dorsey
1905–1956 Jazz musician Choked to death while sleeping. He was so sedated on sleeping pills that he was unable to awaken. [128]

John Dougherty
19??–1997 Musician (Flipper)
Heroin overdose. [129]

Eric Douglas
1958–2004 Comedian Acute intoxication by the effects of alcohol, tranquilizers and painkillers.
[130]

Nick Drake
1948–1974 Musician Antidepressant overdose. Disputed suicide. [131]

Michael Dransfield
1948–1973 Poet Sources report conflicting causes of death, including infection related to drug use and “acute broncho-pneumonia and brain damage”. [132][133]

Jonathan Drummond-Webb
1959–2004 Pediatric heart surgeon Unspecified prescription drug overdose. Suicide. [134]

Kevin DuBrow
1955–2007 Singer (Quiet Riot)
Cocaine overdose. Accidental. [65][135]

Bobby Duncum, Jr.
1965–2000 Wrestler Prescription painkiller overdose. Accidental. [136][137]

Theresa Duncan
1966–2007 Video game designer Combined ingestion of Tylenol PM and alcohol. Suicide. [138]

Ryan Dunn
1977–2011 Actor, stunt man Car crash. Dunn had a blood alcohol level of 0.196%, more than twice the legal limit where he was killed. [139]

Anthony Durante
1967–2003 Wrestler Fentanyl overdose.
[140]

Guru Dutt
1925–1964 Actor Overdose of sleeping pills and alcohol. [141]

E
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Jeanne Eagels
1890–1929 Actress Alcohol and/or heroin abuse. [142]

John Entwistle
1944–2002 Musician (The Who)
Cocaine-induced heart attack. [143]

Brian Epstein
1934–1967 Manager of The Beatles
Sleeping pill overdose. [144]

Howie Epstein
1955–2003 Musician (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
Suspected drug overdose. It was reported he took heroin and prescription drugs shortly before his death. [145]

Eyedea
1981–2010 Rapper Unspecified opiate toxicity. Ruled accidental. [146]

F
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Chris Farley
1964–1997 Comedian, actor Cocaine and morphine overdose. [147]

Pete Farndon
1952–1983 Musician (The Pretenders)
Passed out in his bath due to a heroin overdose and subsequently drowned. [148]

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
1945–1982 Playwright, director Cocaine overdose. Possible suicide. [149]

Brenda Fassie
1964–2004 Singer Initial press reports cited complications of asthma attack while a later autopsy mentioned “cocaine overdose.” [150]

Lolo Ferrari
1963–2000 Pornographic actress Overdose of prescribed antidepressant drugs. [151]

Errol Flynn
1909–1959 Actor Died following years of heavy alcohol and drug use. Autopsy stated cause of death was “fatty degeneration of the liver, portal cirrhosis of the liver and diverticulosis of the colon.” [152]

Althea Flynt
1953–1987 Co-publisher of Hustler
Drowned in the bath after passing out due to a heroin overdose. [153]

Steve Foley
1959–2008 Drummer Unspecified drug overdose. Accidental. [154]

Zac Foley 1971–2002 Musician (EMF)
Overdose. Heroin, cocaine, Ecstasy, barbiturates and alcohol were found in his blood. [155][156]

Rosemarie Frankland
1943–2000 Actress Unspecified prescription drug overdose. Suicide. [157]

Seán Fortune
1954–1999 Priest Overdose of alcohol and unspecified drugs. Suicide. [158]

Katy French
1983–2007 Model, socialite Brain damage most likely caused by cocaine use. [159][160]

Sigmund Freud
1856–1939 Psychiatrist, neurologist Physician assisted morphine overdose. Euthanasia.
[161]

Gary Frisch
1969–2007 Website founder Jumped from a balcony while under the influence of ketamine. Officially ruled as misadventure. [162][163]

G
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Danny Gans
1956–2009 Impressionist, entertainer Prescription hydromorphone use combined with pre-existing heart condition. Accidental. [164]

Paul Gardiner
1958–1984 Musician (Tubeway Army)
Heroin overdose. [165]

Judy Garland
1922–1969 Singer, actress Seconal overdose.[166] Her death certificate states the overdose was “accidental”[167] however, there was speculation it was intentional.[168]

Gidget Gein
1969–2008 Musician (Marilyn Manson)
Heroin overdose. [169]

George V
1865–1936 King of Great Britain Cocaine and morphine overdose. Euthanasia.
[170]

Peaches Geldof
1989-2014 Actress Heroin overdose. [171]

Lowell George
1945–1979 Musician (Little Feat)
Unspecified drug overdose. Accidental. [172]

Talitha Getty
1940–1971 Actress Heroin overdose. [173]

Harold Gimblett
1914–1978 Cricketer Overdose of unspecified pills. [174]

Michele Girardon
1938-1975 Actress Overdose of sleeping pills. Suicide.
Trevor Goddard
1962–2003 Actor Overdose of heroin, cocaine, Valium and Vicodin. Accidental.
[175]

Greg Giraldo
1965–2010 Comedian Overdose of prescription medication. Accidental. [176]

Dwayne Goettel
1964–1995 Musician (Skinny Puppy)
Heroin overdose. [177]

Adam Goldstein
1973–2009 Disc Jockey Overdose of cocaine, levamisole, oxycodone, hydrocodone, lorazepam, clonazepam, alprazolam and diphenhydramine. Accidental. [178]

Paul Gray
1972–2010 Musician (Slipknot)
Morphine and fentanyl overdose. Accidental. [179]

Lucy Grealy
1963–2002 Poet Heroin overdose. [180]

Gribouille
1941–1968 Singer A lethal combination of medication and alcohol. [181]

Eddie Guerrero
1967–2005 Wrestler Heart disease, complicated by an enlarged heart resulting from a history of anabolic steroid use.
[182]

H
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Clinton Haines
1976–1997 Computer hacker Heroin overdose. Accidental. [183][184]

Kenneth Halliwell
1926–1967 Actor Pentobarbital overdose. Suicide. [185]

Patrick Hamilton
1904–1962 Writer Cirrhosis of the liver following years of alcoholism. [186]

William Hamilton
1805–1865 Physicist, astronomer, mathematician A severe attack of gout precipitated by excessive drinking. [187]

Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf
1962–2001 Entertainer Advanced alcoholism and a seizure disorder, complicated by a genetic condition. [188]

Edward A. Hannegan
1807–1857 Senator Morphine overdose. [189]

Jeff Hanneman
1964–2013 Musician (Slayer)
Cirrhosis due to alcoholism. [190]

Tony Hancock
1924–1968 Actor Lethal mixture of amphetamines and liquor. Suicide. [191]

James Harden-Hickey
1854–1898 Author, adventurer Morphine overdose. Suicide. [192]

Bobby Hatfield
1940–2003 Musician (The Righteous Brothers)
Cocaine-induced heart attack. [193]

Malcolm Hardee
1950–2005 Comedian Drowned after he fell into the water whilst drunk. [194]

Tim Hardin
1941–1980 Musician Heroin overdose. [195]

Brynn Hartman 1958–1998 Wife and murderer of comedian Phil Hartman
Self-inflicted gunshot wound to her head under the influence of cocaine, alcohol and Zoloft.
[196]

Domino Harvey
1969–2005 Bounty hunter Fentanyl overdose. [197]

Rodney Harvey
1967–1998 Actor, model Heroin overdose. [198]

Phyllis Haver
1899–1960 Actress Barbiturate overdose. Suspected suicide. [199]

James Hayden
1953–1983 Actor Heroin overdose. [200]

Ira Hayes
1923–1955 United States Marine “Drank himself to death.” The Pinal County coroner concluded that Hayes’ death was caused by exposure and alcohol poisoning. [201]

Paul Hayward
19??–1992 Rugby league player Heroin overdose. [202]

Mitch Hedberg
1968–2005 Comedian Cocaine and heroin overdose. [203][204]

Tim Hemensley
1972–2003 Musician (GOD)
Heroin overdose. [205]

Margaux Hemingway
1954–1996 Actress Phenobarbital overdose. Disputed suicide. [206]

Jimi Hendrix
1942–1970 Musician Respiratory arrest caused by alcohol and barbiturate overdose and vomit inhalation. [207]

Curt Hennig
1958–2003 Wrestler Cocaine overdose. [208]

James Leo Herlihy
1927–1993 Novelist, actor Overdose of sleeping pills. Suicide. [209][210]

Gino Hernandez
1957–1986 Wrestler Cocaine overdose. [211]

George Hickenlooper
1963–2010 Documentary filmmaker Oxymorphone and alcohol overdose. Accidental. [212]

Ureli Hill
1802–1875 Conductor Morphine overdose. Suicide. [213]

Virginia Hill
1916–1966 Chicago Outfit courier Sleeping pill overdose. [214]

Jane Aiken Hodge
1917–2009 Writer Unspecified drug overdose. Suicide. [215]

Abbie Hoffman
1936–1989 Political activist Phenobarbital overdose. Suicide. [216]

Philip Seymour Hoffman
1967–2014 Actor Heroin overdose. [217]

Billie Holiday
1915–1959 Jazz singer Cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcoholism. [218]

Michael Holiday
1924–1963 Singer Unspecified drug overdose. Suicide. [219]

Crash Holly
1971–2003 Wrestler Carisoprodol and alcohol intoxication. Suicide. [220]

Gary Holton
1952–1985 Actor, musician Heroin overdose. [221]

James Honeyman-Scott
1956–1982 Musician (the Pretenders)
Cocaine-induced heart attack. [222]

Shannon Hoon
1967–1995 Musician, singer (Blind Melon)
Cocaine overdose. [223]

Sebastian Horsley
1962–2010 Artist Heroin and cocaine overdose. [224]

Whitney Houston
1963–2012 Singer, actress Accidental drowning, due to atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. Toxicology reports showed the acute presence of cocaine indicating use prior to death, as well as sub-therapeutic levels of Benadryl, Flexeril, and Xanax.
[225]

Lisa Howard
1930–1965 Reporter Phenobarbital overdose. Officially listed as suicide but speculated as murder. [226]

Howard Hughes
1905–1976 Aviator, engineer, industrialist, movie producer Liver failure. Physician administered an overdose of codeine at “the highest clinical level ever recorded” at the time. [227]

Gertrude Hullett
1906–1956 Patient of Dr. John Bodkin Adams
Twice the fatal dose of sodium barbital was found in her blood. [228]

Harold Hunter
1974–2006 Skateboarder, actor Cocaine-induced heart attack. [229]

Michael Hutchence
1960–1997 Musician, singer (INXS), actor Self-induced asphyxiation while under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, Prozac and other prescription drugs. [230]

Phyllis Hyman
1949–1995 Singer Pentobarbital and secobarbital overdose. Suicide. [231]

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Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Fanny Imlay
1794–1816 Wife Laudanum overdose. Suicide. [232]

Andy Irons
1978–2010 Surfer Cardiac arrest. His autopsy lists secondary cause of death as “acute mixed drug ingestion.” Traces of cocaine, methamphetamine, alprazolam and methadone were found in his system. [233]

Bruce Edwards Ivins
1946–2008 Microbiologist Tylenol overdose.
[234]

J
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Barnaby Jack
1977–2013 Hacker, security expert Cocaine and prescription drugs. [235]

Jennifer Lyn Jackson
1969–2010 Playboy Playmate Heroin overdose. [236]

Michael Jackson
1958–2009 Pop singer Cardiac arrest. His personal physician administered a lethal dose of propofol along with lorazepam, diazepam and midazolam. His death was ruled as homicide. [237]

Peter Jackson
1964–1997 Rugby league player Heroin overdose. [238]

Joyce Jameson
1932–1987 Actress Overdose of unspecified pills. Suicide. [239]

Steven Ronald Jensen 1959–2005 Musician (The Vandals)
Unspecified prescription drug overdose. [240]

Anissa Jones
1958–1976 Actress Overdose of barbiturates, cocaine, Quaaludes, and PCP. Accidental.
[241]

Brian Jones
1942–1969 Musician (The Rolling Stones)
Drowning under the influence of alcohol and drugs. [242]

Chloe Jones
1975–2005 Pornographic actress Prescription drug overdose. Accidental. [243]

Rob Jones
1964–1993 Musician (The Wonder Stuff)
Sources report contradictory information which include: heart problems,[244] heart attack potentially caused by heroin,[245] or simply “drug-related causes”.[246]

Janis Joplin
1943–1970 Musician Heroin overdose. [247]

K
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Frida Kahlo
1907–1954 Artist Official cause of death listed as pulmonary embolism though modern biographers largely accept that she actually died of an unspecified opiate pain killer overdose. Suicide is disputed. [248]

John Kahn
1947–1996 Musician (Jerry Garcia Band)
Heroin overdose. [249]

Chris Kanyon
1970–2010 Wrestler Antidepressants overdose. Suicide. [250][251]

Phil Katz
1962–2000 Computer programmer Acute pancreatic bleeding caused by chronic alcoholism. [252]

Chris Kelly
1978–2013 Rapper (Kris Kross)
Fatal overdose, cocaine and heroin [253]

Lisa Robin Kelly
1970-2013 Actress Multiple drug intoxication [254]

David Kennedy
1955–1984 University drop-out Overdose of cocaine, Demerol and Mellaril.
[255]

Beverly Kenney
1932–1960 Singer Alcohol and Seconal overdose. Suicide. [256]

Bernard Kettlewell
1907–1979 Lepidopterist, medical doctor
Unspecified drug overdose. Accidental. [257]

David Kelly
1944–2003 Weapons expert Consumed around 30 dextropropoxyphene pills. Disputed suicide. [258]

Jack Kerouac
1922–1969 Author Cirrhosis, caused by a lifetime of heavy drinking. [259][260]

Dorothy Kilgallen
1913–1965 Journalist Fatal combination of alcohol and barbiturates. Whether it was suicide, accidental or the result of foul play is undetermined. [261]

Thomas Kinkade
1958–2012 Painter Acute ethanol and diazepam intoxication.
[262]

Arthur Koestler
1905–1983 Author Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [263]

John Kordic
1965–1992 Hockey player Unspecified drug overdose. [264]

L
Name Life Profession Cause of Death Reference
Deborah Laake
1953–2000 Writer Overdose of unspecified pills. Suicide. [265][266]

Alan Ladd
1913–1964 Actor Overdose of alcohol and three unspecified drugs. Accidental. [267]

Josiah Lamborn
1809–1847 Attorney General
Delirium tremens. [268]

Karen Lancaume
1973–2005 Pornographic actress Temazepam overdose. Suicide. [269]

Carole Landis
1919–1948 Actress Seconal overdose. Suicide. [270]

Jani Lane
1964–2011 Singer-songwriter (Warrant)
Alcohol poisoning. [271]

Heath Ledger
1979–2008 Actor Combined drug intoxication of oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam, diazepam, temazepam and doxylamine. Accidental.
[272]

Bruce Lee
1940–1973 Actor, martial artist Acute cerebral edema due to a reaction to compounds present in the prescription pain killing drug Equagesic.
[273]

Gerald Levert
1966–2006 Singer Acute intoxication of Percocet, Vicodin, Darvocet, Xanax and two antihistamines. Accidental. [274]

Frank X. Leyendecker
1877–1924 Illustrator Highly suspected morphine overdose. Suicide. [275]

Debbie Linden
1961–1997 Model, actress Heroin overdose. [276]

Max Linder
1883–1925 Actor Linder and his wife both drank Veronal, injected morphine and cut open the veins in their arms. [277]

Eugene Lipscomb
1931–1963 American football player Heroin overdose. [278]

Athina Livanos
1929–1974 Heiress, socialite Acute barbiturate overdose. Debated if whether it was homicide or accidental. [279]

Eugenia Livanos
1927–1970 Wife of Stavros Niarchos
Barbiturate overdose. [280]

Kevin Lloyd
1949–1998 Actor Lloyd was three times over the legal blood alcohol limit for driving when he chocked on his own vomit. [281]

Philip Loeb
1891–1955 Actor Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [282]

Trinity Loren
1964–1998 Pornographic actress Prescription painkillers overdose. Possible suicide. [283]

Malcolm Lowry
1909–1957 Poet, novelist Alcohol and barbiturates. Most likely suicide. [284]

Zoe Tamerlis Lund
1962–1999 Model, actress Cocaine-induced heart attack. [285]

Donyale Luna
1945–1979 Supermodel, actress Unspecified drug overdose. Accidental. [286]

Frankie Lymon
1942–1968 Singer Heroin overdose. [287]

Phil Lynott
1949–1986 Musician (Thin Lizzy)
Conflicting sources report various causes of death, including: heart and liver failure,[288] heart failure and pneumonia after a drug overdose,[289] and blood poisoning from heroin addiction.[290]

M
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Billy Mackenzie
1957–1997 Musician (Associates)
Overdose of amitriptyline, paracetamol and other prescription drugs. Suicide. [291]

Liam Maher 1968-2009 Musician (Flowered Up)
Heroin overdose. Accidental. [292]

Chris Mainwaring
1965–2007 Australian football player Cocaine overdose. Accidental. [293][294]

Bibek Maitra
19??–2006 Politician Unspecified drug overdose. [295]

Jesse Mahelona
1983–2009 American football player Motor-vehicle collision. Malehona was under the influence of alcohol. [296]

Thomas Manby
1769-1834 British naval officer Opium overdose
[297]

Richard Manuel
1943-1986 Singer, musician Suicide by hanging. Manuel was drunk when he committed suicide and also had traces of cocaine in his body. [298]

Sherri Martel
1958–2007 Wrestler Overdose of multiple, including high amounts of oxycodone. Accidental. [299]

Adrienne Nicole Martin 1983–2010 Model, girlfriend of August Busch IV
Oxycodone overdose. Accidental. [300]

Thalia Massie
1911–1963 Wife Barbiturate overdose. [301]

Lisa Matsumoto
1964–2007 Children’s author Motor-vehicle collision. Matsumoto’s blood alcohol level was .242, more than 3 times the legal limit. [302]

Billy Mays
1958–2009 Salesperson Heart disease with cocaine use being a “contributory cause.” [303][304]

Joseph McCarthy
1908–1957 Senator Hepatitis exacerbated by alcoholism. [305][306][307]

David McComb
1962–1999 Musician (The Triffids)
Heroin overdose. [308]

Jimmy McCulloch
1953–1979 Musician (Wings)
Heroin overdose. [309]

Marie McDonald
1923–1965 Actress Unspecified drug overdose. [310]

Robbie McIntosh
1950–1974 Musician (Average White Band)
Heroin overdose. [311]

Stephen McKeag
1970–2000 Ulster Defence Association member Cocaine and pain killer overdose. [312]

Marguerite McNamara
1928–1978 Actress Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [313]

Lance McNaught
1981–2010 Wrestler Intoxication from mixed drugs complicated a cardiomyopathy. Accidental. [314]

Aimee Semple McPherson
1890–1944 Evangelist Shock and respiratory failure due to overdose of prescription barbiturates. [315]

Jonathan Melvoin
1961–1996 Keyboardist Heroin overdose. [316]

Vivien Merchant
1929–1982 Actress Alcoholism. The coroner stated Merchant “drank herself to death.” [317]

Robin Milford
1903–1959 Composer Aspirin overdose. Suicide. [318]

Mary Millington
1945–1979 Model, pornographic actress Paracetamol overdose. Suicide. [319]

Miss Elizabeth
1960–2003 Wrestling manager Acute toxicity. Autopsy revealed pain killers, nausea medication and tranquilizers were found in her blood along with an alcohol level of 0.29. [320]

Missy
1967–2008 Pornographic actress Unspecified prescription drug overdose. Accidental. [321]

Marilyn Monroe
1926–1962 Actress Barbiturate overdose. Officially listed as “probable suicide” though several conspiracy theories exist. [322]

Cory Monteith
1982–2013 Actor, musician Mixed drug toxicity including heroin and alcohol. [323]

Keith Moon
1946–1978 Musician (The Who)
Overdose on anti-seizure medication prescribed for alcoholism. Accidental. [324]

Odas Moon
1892–1937 Pilot Reportedly “drank himself to death.” [325]

Ashleigh Aston Moore
1981–2007 Actress Alleged drug overdose. [326]

Chester Morris
1901–1970 Actor Barbiturate overdose. [327]

Jim Morrison
1943–1971 Musician (The Doors)
Official cause of death is recorded as heart failure,[328] though Sam Bernett claims that Morrison died in Bernett’s club, with heroin overdose as the suspected cause.[328]

James Mossman
1926–1971 Journalist, former MI6 agent Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [329]

Billy Murcia
1951–1972 Musician (New York Dolls)
Contradicting sources report the death as alcohol-related,[330] or drowning[331] after a drug overdose[332] or as a drug overdose.[333]

Brittany Murphy
1977–2009 Actress Combination of pneumonia, an iron deficiency and “multiple drug intoxication.” [334]

Brent Mydland
1952–1990 Musician (Grateful Dead)
Cocaine and morphine overdose. [335]

N
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Yves Navarre
1940–1994 Writer Barbiturate overdose. Suicide. [336]

Filip Nikolic
1974–2009 Singer Heart attack induced by sleeping pills. [337]

Bradley Nowell
1968–1996 Musician (Sublime)
Heroin overdose. [338]

O[edit]
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Hugh O’Connor
1962–1995 Actor Suicide under influence of cocaine. [339]

Lani O’Grady
1954–2001 Actress Multiple drug intoxication. Vicodin and Prozac were found in her bloodstream. [340]

Johnny O’Keefe
1935–1978 Singer Conflicting sources indicate drug overdose,[341][342] or simply heart attack.[343][344]

Pascale Ogier
1958–1984 Actress Unspecified drug overdose. [345]

Ol’ Dirty Bastard
1968–2004 Rapper Overdose of cocaine and tramadol. Accidental. [346]

Christina Onassis
1950–1988 Heiress Pulmonary edema onset by years of prescription drug misuse. Primarily Dexedrine, diet pills and barbiturates. [279]

Alice Ormsby-Gore
1952–1995 Socialite Heroin overdose. [347]

Bryan Ottoson 1978–2005 Musician (American Head Charge)
Prescription-drug overdose. Accidental. [65][348]

P
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Leila Pahlavi
1970–2001 Princess, model Secobarbital overdose. Found to have five times the lethal amount in her system. Traces of a non-lethal amount of cocaine was also found in the bloodstream. Suicide or accidental death though is debated. [349]

Haley Paige
1981–2007 Pornographic actress Methadone overdose. Possibly suicide. [350]

Marco Pantani
1970–2004 Cyclist Cerebral and pulmonary edema potentially brought on by “tranquilizers, antidepressants and sedatives against a background of prolonged cocaine abuse.” [351]

Robert Pastorelli
1954–2004 Actor Heroin overdose. [352]

Gram Parsons
1946–1973 Musician (The Byrds)
Morphine overdose. [353]

Cesare Pavese
1908–1950 Poet, novelist Consumed “twelve sachets of sleeping drugs.” [354]

Chris Penn
1965–2006 Actor Enlarged heart through drug use and a high level of codeine. [355]

Christopher Pettiet
1976–2000 Actor Unspecified drug overdose. Accidental. [356]

Kristen Pfaff
1967–1994 Musician (Hole)
Heroin overdose. [357]

Esther Phillips
1935–1984 Musician, singer Liver and kidney failure due to long-term drug use. [358]

River Phoenix
1970–1993 Actor Heroin and cocaine overdose. [359]

Rob Pilatus
1965–1998 Musician (Milli Vanilli)
Prescription drug and alcohol overdose. [360]

Pimp C
1973–2007 Rapper Respiratory depression due to an accidental overdose of promethazine and codeine mixed with a pre-existing medical condition, sleep apnea.
[361]

Sylvia Plath
1932–1963 Author, poet Suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Plath was reportedly suffering the adverse effects of an unspecified MAOI antidepressant at the time of her death. [362]

Dana Plato
1964–1999 Actress Vanadom and Lortab overdose. Suicide. [363][364]

Edgar Allan Poe
1809–1849 Poet Cause of death disputed though largely attributed to a combination of laudanum abuse, dipsomania and delerium tremens. [365]

Darrell Porter
1952–2002 Baseball catcher Cocaine overdose. [366]

Elvis Presley
1935–1977 Singer Cardiac arrhythmia. Autopsy founds in his system “significant” levels of ethinamate, methaqualone, codeine and different barbiturates including amobarbital, pentobarbital and phenobarbital.
[367]

Dickie Pride
1941–1969 Singer Sleeping pill overdose. [368]

Gary Primich
1958–2007 Singer Acute heroin intoxication. [369]

Freddie Prinze
1954–1977 Actor Self-inflicted gunshot wound while under the influence of methaqualone and alcohol. Initially ruled suicide but later determined accidental. [370]

Promachus
???–324 BCE Soldier Alcohol poisoning. [371]

Q
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Robert Quine
1942–2004 Guitarist Heroin overdose. Suicide. [372]

Glenn Quinn
1970–2002 Actor Unspecified drug overdose. Accidental. [373]

R
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Carl Radle
1942–1980 Bass guitarist Kidney infection caused by alcohol and other drugs. [374]

Dee Dee Ramone
1951–2002 Musician (Ramones)
Heroin overdose. [375]

Jay Reatard
1980–2010 Musician Cocaine toxicity with alcohol as a contributing factor. [376]

Noel Redding
1945–2003 Musician Shock hemorrhage due to esophageal varices in reaction to cirrhosis of the liver with alcohol as a contributing factor. [377]

Michael Reeves
1943–1969 Film director Alcohol and barbiturate overdose. [378]

Wallace Reid
1891–1923 Actor Prescription morphine overdose. [379]

Elis Regina
1945–1982 Singer Cocaine, alcohol, and temazepam overdose. Accidental. [380]

Willy Rey
1949–1973 Model Barbiturate overdose. [381]

Elisabeth Rivers-Bulkeley
1924–2006 Stock-broker Barbiturate overdose. Euthanasia. [382]

Brad Renfro
1982–2008 Actor Heroin and morphine overdose. [383]

Rachel Roberts
1927–1980 Actress Barbiturate overdose. Suicide. [384]

Don Rogers
1962–1986 American football player Cocaine-induced heart attack. [385]

Steve Rogers
1954–2006 Rugby league player Lethal combination of antidepressants and alcohol. Accidental. [386]

Monica Rose
1948–1994 TV show hostess Antidepressants and tranquilizers overdose. Suicide. [387][388]

Edgar Rosenberg
1925–1987 Film and television producer Overdosage of prescription drugs. Suicide. [389]

Alma Rubens
1897–1931 Actress Illness caused by heroin and cocaine addiction. [390]

Zdenka Rubinstein
1911–1961 Operatic soprano Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [391]

David Ruffin
1941–1991 Musician (The Temptations)
Cocaine overdose. [392]

Frankie Ruiz
1958–1998 Musician Cirrhosis of the liver due to alcoholism [393]

Gail Russell
1924–1961 Actress Alcoholism. [394]

S
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
George Sanders
1906–1972 Actor Nembutal overdose. Suicide. [395]

John Saunders
1954–1999 Musician (Mad Season)
Heroin overdose. [396]

Catya Sassoon
1968–2002 Model, actress Hydromorphone and cocaine overdose. [397]

Sonja Savić
1961–2008 Actress Unspecified drug overdose. [398]

Sybille Schmitz
1909–1955 Actress Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [399]

Donald Sinclair
1911–1995 Veterinary surgeon Barbiturate overdose. Suicide. [400]

Bon Scott
1946–1980 Musician (AC/DC)
Official cause of death listed as “acute alcohol poisoning.” [401]

Ronnie Scott
1927–1996 Jazz tenor saxophonist Prescription barbiturate overdose. Accidental. [402]

Pat Screen
1943–1994 American football player Unspecified drug overdose. [403]

Rod Scurry
1956–1992 Baseball pitcher Cocaine-induced heart attack. [404]

Jean Seberg
1938–1979 Actress Barbiturate and alcohol overdose. Suicide. [405]

Chantal Sébire
1955–2008 Teacher Pentobarbital overdose. Euthanasia. [406]

Edie Sedgwick
1943–1971 Actress Barbiturate and alcohol overdose. Undetermined. [407]

Bobby Sheehan
1968–1999 Musician (Blues Traveler)
Unspecified drug overdose. [408]

Eric Show
1956–1994 Baseball player Cocaine and heroin overdose. [409]

Elizabeth Siddal
1829–1862 Model, poet, artist Laudanum overdose.
[410]

Judee Sill
1944–1979 Musician Cocaine and heroin overdose. [411]

Don Simpson
1943–1996 Film producer Cocaine-induced heart attack. Twenty other drugs were found in his blood. [412]

Tom Simpson
1937–1967 Cyclist Dehydration and exhaustion while cycling exacerbated by amphetamines and alcohol use. [413]

The Singing Nun
1933–1985 Nun Overdose of barbiturates and alcohol. Suicide. [414][415]

Hillel Slovak
1962–1988 Musician (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Heroin overdose. [416]

Alvim Smith
1798–1823 Carpenter’s assistant Mercury(I) chloride overdose. Officially administered to cure bilious colic; speculated murder. [417]

Anna Nicole Smith
1967–2007 Playboy playmate, model Lethal combination of chloral hydrate and various benzodiazepines.
[418]

Daniel Smith
1986–2006 Student Cardiac dysrhythmia caused by combination of methadone, Lexapro and Zoloft.
[419]

Dash Snow
1981–2009 Artist Heroin overdose. [420]

Robert Soblen
1900–1962 Psychiatrist Barbiturate overdose. [421]

Socrates
469–399 BCE Philosopher Hemlock poisoning. Executed.
[422]

Erin Spanevello
1987–2008 Model Overdose of MDMA and GHB.
[423][424]

Louie Spicolli
1971–1998 Wrestler Conflicting sources indicate drug overdose[425] while some indicate coronary disease that might have been impacted by drug use.[426]

Layne Staley
1967–2002 Musician (Alice in Chains)
Cocaine, heroin and codeine overdose. [427]

Mike Starr
1966–2011 Musician (Alice in Chains)
Suspected drug overdose. [428]

Joey Stefano
1968–1994 Pornographic actor Cocaine, morphine, heroin and ketamine overdose. [429][430]

Miroslava Stern
1926–1955 Actress Overdose of sleeping pills. Suicide. [431]

Carl Steven
1974–2011 Actor Heroin overdose. [432]

Inger Stevens
1934–1970 Actress Barbiturate overdose. Suicide. [433]

Rory Storm
1939–1972 Musician Alcohol and sleeping pill overdose. [434]

Margaret Sullavan
1909–1960 Actress Barbiturate overdose. Suicide. [435]

James Owen Sullivan
1981–2009 Musician (Avenged Sevenfold)
Acute polydrug intoxication due to combined effects of oxycodone, oxymorphone, diazepam, nordiazepam and ethanol.
[436]

Paige Summers
1976–2003 Pornographic actress Codeine and oxycodone overdose. [437]

Royce Surdam
1835–1891 Real-estate agent Laudanum overdose. Accidental. [438]

Jennifer Syme
1972–2001 Actress Crashed her car while under the influence of cocaine, clonazepam and cyclobenzaprine.
[439][440]

T
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Warren Tartaglia
1944–1965 Jazz musician Heroin overdose. [441]

Chase Tatum
1973–2008 Former wrestler Apparent drug overdose following years of addiction to painkillers. [442]

Vinnie Taylor 1949–1974 Musician (Sha Na Na)
Unspecified drug overdose. [443]

Sara Teasdale
1884–1933 Poet Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [444]

Test
1975–2009 Wrestler Oxycodone overdose. Accidental. [445]

Gary Thain
1948–1975 Musician (Uriah Heep)
Respiratory failure due to heroin overdose. [446]

John Thompson
1938–1976 Poet Overdose of barbiturates and alcohol. [447]

Jotie T’Hooft
1956–1977 Poet Unspecified drug overdose. [448]

Johnny Thunders
1952–1991 Musician (New York Dolls)
Conflicting sources report heroin overdose[449] or methadone and cocaine poisoning[450] or that the autopsy did not disclose a cause of death.[451]

Georg Trakl
1887–1914 Poet Cocaine overdose. Suicide. [452]

Chögyam Trungpa
1939–1987 Buddhist meditation master Cardiac arrest exacerbated by heavy alcohol use. [453]

Amy Tryon
1970–2012 Equestrian Oxycodone, diphenhydramine, alprazolam, lorazepam, diazepam and temazepam overdose. Accidental. [454]

Alan Turing
1912–1954 Computer scientist, mathematician Cyanide poisoning. Disputed suicide. [455]

D. M. Turner
1962–1996 Author Drowned in a bathtub while under the influence of ketamine.
[456]

Ike Turner
1931–2007 Musician, producer Cocaine overdose with high blood pressure and emphysema as contributing factors. [457]

Dick Twardzik
1931–1955 Jazz pianist Heroin overdose. [458][459]

Helen Twelvetrees
1908–1958 Actress Unspecified drug overdose. Suicide. [460]

John Tyndall
1820–1893 Physicist Overdose of chloral hydrate. Accidental.
[461]

U
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Dorothy Uhnak
1930–2006 Author Unspecified drug overdose. Suicide. [462]

Umaga
1973–2009 Wrestler Acute toxicity due to combined effects of hydrocodone, carisoprodol, and diazepam. Accidental.
[463]

Stu Ungar
1953–1998 Poker player Heart condition caused by long-term cocaine abuse. [464]

Enrique Urquijo
1960–1999 Singer Unspecified drug overdose. [465]

V
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Luna Vachon
1962–2010 Wrestler Overdose of oxycodone and benzodiazepines. Accidental. [466]

Paul Vaessen
1961–2001 Former footballer Unspecified drug overdose. [467]

Brandon Vedas
1981–2003 Computer expert Multiple drug overdose, including alcohol, cannabis, psilocybin mushroom, clonazepam, temazepam, methadone, hydrocodone and propanolol.
[468][469]

Lupe Vélez
1908–1944 Actress Secobarbital overdose. Suicide. [470]

Michael VerMeulen
1956–1995 Magazine editor Cocaine overdose. [471]

Jon Vincent
1962–2000 Pornographic actor Heroin overdose. [472]

Sid Vicious
1957–1979 Musician (Sex Pistols)
Heroin overdose. Suicide. [473]

Mike Von Erich
1964–1987 Wrestler Tranquilizer overdose. Suicide. [474]

W
Name Life Profession Cause of death Reference
Marie Walcamp
1894–1936 Actress Painkiller overdose. Suicide. [475]

Robert Walker
1918–1951 Actor Reaction to a sedative administered by his doctor. [476]

Stephen Ward
1912–1963 Osteopathic physician Sleeping pill overdose. Officially suicide. Speculated murder. [477]

Dinah Washington
1924–1963 Singer Secobarbital and amobarbital (Tuinal) overdose. [478]

Dave Waymer
1958–1993 American football player Cocaine-induced heart attack. [479][480]

Mikey Welsh
1971–2011 Musician (Weezer)
Suspected drug overdose. [481]

Daniel Webster
1782–1852 Statesman Cerebral hemorrhage caused by a blow to the head and complicated by alcohol-induced cirrhosis of the liver. [482]

Assia Wevill
1927–1969 Poet Suicide by acute carbon monoxide poisoning combined with an overdosage of hypnotics. She also sedated and murdered her four year old daughter in this process. [483]

Willie Wilde
1852–1899 Journalist Complications related to his alcoholism. [484]

Ellen Wilkinson
1891–1947 Politician Barbiturate overdose. [485]

Hank Williams
1923–1953 Singer, writer Overdose of morphine and alcohol. Accidental. [486]

Kenneth Williams
1926–1988 Actor, author Barbiturate overdose. It was not possible to establish whether his death was suicide or accidental. [487][488]

Alan Wilson
1943–1970 Musician (Canned Heat)
Barbiturate overdose. Manner of death determined as accidental by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. Speculated by some to be suicide. [489]

Amy Winehouse
1983–2011 Singer-songwriter Alcohol poisoning. [490]

Sheree Winton
1935–1976 Singer-songwriter Alcohol poisoning. [491]

Rachel Whitear
1979–2000 Student Heroin overdose. Accidental. [492]

Brett Whiteley
1939–1992 Artist Heroin overdose. [493]

Grant Withers
1905–1959 Actor Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide. [494]

Keith Whitley
1954–1989 Singer Alcohol poisoning. [495]

Linda Wong
1951–1987 Pornographic actress Overdose of Xanax, chloral hydrate and alcohol. [496]

Andrew Wood
1966–1990 Singer (Mother Love Bone)
Heroin overdose. [497]

Anna Wood
1980–1995 Student Water intoxication secondary to use of MDMA.
[498][499]

Y
Paula Yates
1959–2000 TV presenter, author Heroin overdose. Accidental. [500]

Kelly Yeomans
1984–1997 Student Co-proxamol overdose. Suicide. [501][502]

Z
Stefan Zweig
1881–1942 Playwright Sleeping pill overdose. Suicide.

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