Celebrities & Drug-Related Deaths

With great wealth and fame also comes great responsibility – especially for celebrities. Famous actors, musicians, and athletes all have to maintain a public image while balancing the rigors of their work with the allures of pleasure.

High incomes and a developed American party culture allow them sustained access to drugs, which when combined with the stresses and pressures of fame, sometimes leads to addiction and overdose.

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Whether an instance of overdosing is intentional or not, it’s always important to keep these celebrities – and all loved ones lost to the grip of drugs – in memoriam.

May they be examples of the realities and hardships that make drug addiction a serious public health concern today and remind us to get help for those who need it.

Always keep an eye on people close to you who you suspect might have a problem with drugs. Get them help – they’ll thank you for it later.

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Cory Monteith

Actor

1982 - 2013 (21)

General Info:

Cory Monteith was a Canadian actor, best known for his role as Finn Hudson on the popular Fox television series Glee.

Drug Use:

Monteith's substance abuse history began as early as age 12. He struggled with addiction until his death on July 13, 2013, when he was found in a Vancouver hotel room. An autopsy revealed that Monteith died accidentally from a mixed drug toxicity of heroin and alcohol.

Rehab:

Cory Monteith admitted himself to rehab twice before passing away in July of 2013. His first entry into rehab came at the age of 19, after abusing substances throughout his teenage years.

Over a decade later, on March 31, 2013, Monteith again admitted himself to a treatment facility after an emergency intervention by members of the Glee cast. It was reported on April 26, 2013 that he had completed his treatment.

Whitney Houston

Musician

1963 - 2011 (48)

General Info:

An American recording artist, singer, and actress, Houston was one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She's still the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits.

Drug Use:

Rumors of Whitney Houston's drug use began after her marriage to Bobby Brown in 1992.

On Saturday, February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead at age 48 in a Los Angeles hotel. The coroner's office revealed that the cause of her death was "accidental drowning" and tied to the effects of athersclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. Benadryl, Xanax, marijuana, and Flexeril were also present in her system at the time of death.

Rehab:

Whitney Houston first checked herself into a treatment facility in 2004, and returned to rehab again in 2005 and 2011.

Amy Winehouse

Musician

1983 - 2011 (27)

General Info:

Amy Winehouse was known for her unique mix of R&B, soul, jazz, ska, and reggae. Her 2006 album Back to Black won 5 Grammys, including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.

Drug Use:

Her battles with substance abuse were widely publicized in 2005 when she was in a period of heavy drinking, drug use, and weight loss. After stabilizing her career in 2006, Winehouse's grandmother passed away— acting as a trigger for her addiction.

Winehouse began drinking heavily in 2008 and by 2011, she had fallen into a repeated cycle of binge drinking. A relapse in mid-late July 2011 ultimately led to her death by alcohol poisoning.

Rehab:

Amy Winehouse is rumored to have gone to rehab at least 4 times for substance abuse.

Derek Boogaard

Athlete

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General Info:

Derek Boogaard was a Canadian ice hockey left winger, who played for the NHL's Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers. He was known primarily as a fighter and enforcer throughout his career.

Drug Use:

Boogaard began taking large amounts of prescription pain medication for a back injury during the 2008-2009 hockey season and developed an addiction to OxyContin. He died from an accidental overdose of oxycodone and alcohol in May of 2011, just one day after leaving Southern California where he was supposed to be attending rehabilitation meetings.

Rehab:

Boogaard went to rehab twice for his addiction. The first took place prior to the 2009-2010 hockey season and the second occurred prior to the 2010-2011 season, when he was sent back by the New York Rangers after he collapsed on the ice while skating.

Andy Irons

Athlete

1978 - 2010 (32)

General Info:

Andy Irons was an American professional surfer, noted for being the only competitor to have won a title at every venue on the ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) calendar.

Drug Use:

Irons is said to have had issues with both prescription pain medication and recreational drugs for years prior to his death.

He was found dead in his hotel room in Grapevine, TX where he was staying during a flight stopover. The official autopsy report listed the cause of death as cardiac arrest due to severe blockage of a main artery, as well as "acute mixed drug ingestion." Alprazolam, methadone, cocaine, and traces of methamphetamine were among the drugs found in his body at the time of his death.

Rehab:

He reportedly checked into Promises, the prominent celebrity rehab facility in Malibu, for the first time in 2007. At the time, his biggest issue was with prescription painkillers.

Erica Blasberg

Athlete

1984 - 2010 (25)

General Info:

Erica Blasberg was an American golfer who played for the LPGA Tour.

Drug Use:

Blasberg was found with a plastic bag secured over her head in her home in Henderson, Nevada, on May 9, 2010. The death was ruled a suicide, with asphyxia as the primary cause and a mixture of drugs listed as an additional factor. The drugs in Blasberg's system at the time of her death were butalbital, temazepam, Xanax, codeine, hydrocodone, and tramadol.

Rehab:

Blasberg revealed in her suicide note that she had attempted suicide many times leading up to her death, and that she felt tormented by the lack of success in her golf career. Despite these troubling thoughts and drug use, she never entered a rehabilitation program.

Billy Mays

Spokesperson

1958 - 2009 (50)

General Info:

Billy Mays was an American television pitchman, most notable for promoting cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products on the Home Shopping Network. His distinctive beard made him a recognized presence on US and Canadian television.

Drug Use:

Little is known about the frequency and extent of Billy Mays drug use. However, on June 28, 2009, he was found dead in his bed, having died in his sleep the night before.

An autopsy determined that the cause of death was hypertensive heart disease, and that the presence of cocaine in his system was an additional contributing factor.

Rehab:

There is no indication that Billy Mays ever attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Brittany Murphy

Actress

1977 - 2009 (32)

General Info:

Brittany Murphy was an American actress, singer, and producer, most notable for her roles in films such as Clueless, 8 Mile, and Sin City.

Drug Use:

Despite rumors in the early 2000s about her weight loss being tied to cocaine addiction, Murphy denied ever trying the drug.

On December 20, 2009, Murphy collapsed in the bathroom of her LA home. The coroner stated that the primary cause of death was pneumonia, with secondary factors being iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication (including hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine and chlorpheniramine).

Rehab:

Brittany Murphy never attended rehab for substance abuse issues.

Michael Jackson

Musician

1958 - 2009 (50)

General Info:

Michael Jackson was an American singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman, and philanthropist, often referred to as the "King of Pop." He is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records, having earned about $750 million in his lifetime.

Drug Use:

Michael Jackson admitted in a 1993 interview that he began using prescription pain medications as early as 1984. Jackson also admitted to using Valium, Xanax and Ativan to deal with the stress of the child sexual abuse allegations brought against him in 1993. On June 25, 2009, Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication tied to cardiac arrest at his home. While his death is still controversial, it is known that Jackson had been using the drugs as sleeping aids.

Rehab:

Jackson's only confirmed trip to a rehabilitation facility came in 1993 to treat his dependence of prescription medications.

Christopher Bowman

Athlete

1967 - 2008 (40)

General Info:

An American figure skater, Chris Bowman was a two-time US national champion and a two-time world medalist. He competed in two Olympic Winter Games.

Drug Use:

Bowman admitted to a sports writer that he had a $950-a-day cocaine habit while in the prime of his skating career, and that he had been using cocaine heavily for over 10 years.

Rehab:

Bowman is confirmed to have attended rehab on four separate occasions, the most notable coming at the suggestion of his figure-skating coach prior to the 1988 Olympics.

Bowman was found dead on January 10, 2008, in a Los Angeles motel after suffering an accidental drug overdose.

Heath Ledger

Actor

1979 - 2008 (28)

General Info:

An Australian actor and director, Heath Ledger appeared in 10 Things I Hate About You, A Knight's Tale, Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight.

Drug Use:

According to many sources close to him, the actor suffered from severe insomnia and was taking an increasing number of medications to help with his sleep issues. He died on January 22, 2008 from an overdose of prescription drugs and suffered acute intoxication from the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam, temazapam, alprazolam and doxylamine.

Rehab:

In March of 2006, Ledger's ex-fiancee tried to force him to attend Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, CA but Ledger refused, instead promising to get clean on his own.

Anna Nicole Smith

Model

1967 - 2007 (39)

General Info:

Anna Nicole Smith was American model, actress, and television personality, most notable for being Playboy's 1993 Playmate of the Year.

Drug Use:

Anna Nicole Smith had reportedly been using prescription drugs for 11 years prior to her death. On February 8, 2007, she was found dead at the Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. The autopsy report indicated that she had a dangerous mixture of prescription drugs in her system at the time of her death, including a lethal dose of chloral hydrate, Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Oxazepam, and Diazepam. Furthermore, she had taken Diphenhydramine and Topiramate.

Rehab:

Smith is reported to have checked into rehab treatment facilities at least twice, but her psychiatrist revealed that she refused treatment in 2006 while she was pregnant with her daughter.

Ike Turner

Musician

1931 - 2007 (76)

General Info:

Ike Turner was an American musician and songwriter in the blues, soul, rock, and funk genres. He is most popular for his collaborative work with his former wife, Tina Turner.

Drug Use:

Turner was first introduced to cocaine around 1960 and was heavily addicted by 1970. He claimed that in the early 1970s he spent $56,000 per month buying cocaine and estimated in 2001 that he had spent a total of $11 million on the drug. He broke his addiction in 1991 while in prison and remained sober for 10 years.

He died on December 12, 2007, at his home in San Marcos, California. The cause of death was cocaine toxicity in correlation with hypertensive cardiovascular disease and pulmonary emphysema.

Rehab:

Ike Turner went to rehab for crack addiction in late October of 1986.

Scott Charles "Bam Bam" Bigelow

Athlete

1961 - 2007 (45)

General Info:

Bam Bam Bigelow was an American professional wrestler who worked for major wrestling organizations like the WWF, ECW, and WCW.

Drug Use:

Bigelow was found dead in his home on January 19, 2007. The autopsy results indicated that Bigelow's death was due to toxic levels of cocaine and an anti-anxiety drug. Bigelow also suffered from arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Rehab:

Bigelow is confirmed to have checked into rehab at least once to fight his drug addiction.

Eddie Guerrero

Athlete

1967 - 2005 (38)

General Info:

Eddie Guerrero was an American professional wrestler who worked for major wrestling organizations like the WWF, ECW, and WCW.

Drug Use:

Guerrero struggled with alcoholism and addiction to prescription pain medication throughout his career. His real-life substance abuse was often integrated into his wrestling story lines.

Rehab:

Guerrero is confirmed to have checked into rehab at least once to fight his drug addiction.

Russell Jones a.k.a. Ol' Dirty Bastard

Musician

1968 - 2004 (35)

General Info:

Russell Jones, or "Ol' Dirty Bastard", was an American rapper and one of the founding members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Drug Use:

ODB struggled with substance abuse for an extended length of his career and was frequently in trouble with the law.

ODB collapsed in a recording studio in New York City on November 13, 2004, and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. His autopsy determined that a lethal mixture of cocaine and the prescription opiate tramadol were the cause of the accidental overdose.

Rehab:

ODB attended several court-ordered drug rehab facilities after facing drug charges but frequently fled or was kicked out of the facilities for violating policy.

Anthony Durante

Athlete

1967 - 2003 (36)

General Info:

Anthony Durante was an American professional wrestler who worked for the major wrestling organization WWF.

Drug Use:

Durante was found dead in his house days after overdosing on the painkillers oxycodone and fentanyl.

Rehab:

Durante never attended rehab.

Darrell Porter

Athlete

1952 - 2002 (50)

General Info:

Darrell Porter was an American professional baseball player who played the catcher position for several teams over his 17-year career.

Drug Use:

Porter was one of the first American athletes to admit he had a substance abuse problem. His recreational drug use became serious by the winter of 1979, when he became increasingly paranoid about being caught and kicked out of baseball for his frequent abuse of alcohol, cocaine, Qaaludes, and marijuana.

On August 5, 2002 he was found dead in Sugar Creek, Missouri, outside his vehicle. An autopsy indicated that toxic levels of cocaine in his system had caused his heart to stop.

Rehab:

During a 1980 screening by major league baseball, Porter answered all questions regarding drug and alcohol use in the affirmative and eventually checked himself into a rehabilitation center.

Douglas Glenn Colvin a.k.a. Dee Dee Ramone

Musician

1951 - 2002 (50)

General Info:

A German-American songwriter and musician, Ramone was a founding member and bassist for the punk rock band the Ramones.

Drug Use:

Dee Dee Ramone began using drugs as a teenager and struggled with heroin addiction for much of his life. He appeared to get clean in the early 1990s but eventually began using again.

He died of a heroin overdose on June 5, 2002.

Rehab:

Dee Dee Ramone is confirmed to have been to rehab at least once in the early 1990s.

John Entwistle

Musician

1944 - 2002 (57)

General Info:

John Entwistle was an English musician, songwriter, singer, and most notably the bassist for the English rock band The Who.

Drug Use:

While the history on Entwistle's cocaine use is a bit limited, it was widely known that he was a heavy drinker.

Entwistle was found dead in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, on June 27, 2002. His cause of death was determined to be a heart attack induced by cocaine use.

Rehab:

It is unknown whether Entwistle ever attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Chris Farley

Comedian

1964 - 1997 (33)

General Info:

An American actor and comedian, Farley was a cast member on Saturday Night Live between 1990 and 1995.

Drug Use:

Chris Farley's struggles with substance abuse began in the late '80s when he was working as a comedian in Chicago. His addiction to drugs, alcohol, and excessive eating over the years caused concern and frequent public scrutiny.

Farley died of a speedball (cocaine and opiate) overdose in his Chicago apartment on December 18, 1997.

Rehab:

Farley was forced to enter a rehabilitation clinic in 1991. In 1992, fellow actor and comedian Tom Arnold staged an intervention for Farley at the Hollywood office of Roseanne. Farley then checked into a clinic in Marina del Rey, California. He was sober for three years prior to relapsing.

Farley attempted rehabilitation a total of 17 times.

Debbie Linden

Actress

1961 - 1997 (36)

General Info:

Debbie Linden was a British glamour model and actress, best known for her role in the sitcom Are You Being Served?

Drug Use:

Linden, who suffered from substance abuse issues for many years, died of a heroin overdose at her home at the age of 36.

Rehab:

It is unknown whether or not Linden ever attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Margaux Hemingway

Actress

1954 - 1996 (42)

General Info:

Margaux Hemingway was an American fashion model and actress.

Drug Use:

Hemingway took her own life on July 1, 1996, by taking an overdose of phenobarbital.

Rehab:

Hemingway is confirmed to have attended rehab at least once and had seen a psychiatrist throughout most of her life.

Kurt Cobain

Musician

1967 - 1994 (27)

General Info:

Kurt Cobain was an American musician and artist, best known as lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter for the grunge band Nirvana. Nirvana has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone and over 75 million records worldwide.

Drug Use:

1986 was the first year Cobain tried heroin. By the winter of 1990, Cobain was reportedly using heroin seven days a week. On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain was discovered dead at his Lake Washington house. The cause of death was determined to be a suicide. The toxicological tests determined that the level of heroin in Cobain's bloodstream was 1.52 milligrams per liter.

Rehab:

Cobain is confirmed to have gone to rehab at least twice, with his first attempt to get clean happening shortly after Courtney Love found out that she was pregnant with their daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

David Waymer

Athlete

1958 - 1993 (34)

General Info:

David Waymer was an American football defensive back in the National Football League from 1980 to 1992.

Drug Use:

On April 30, 1993, Waymer died from a heart attack caused by heavy cocaine use.

Rehab:

It is unconfirmed whether or not Waymer ever attended a rehabilitation clinic for substance abuse issues.

River Phoenix

Actor

1970 - 1993 (23)

General Info:

River Phoenix was an American film actor, musician, and activist, most notable for his roles in the films Stand By Me and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Drug Use:

Phoenix was not known as a frequent drug user, which made his death on October 30, 1993, all the more shocking.

River Phoenix died from an overdose of heroin and cocaine after collapsing onto the sidewalk outside of the Viper Room nightclub in Los Angeles, CA.

Rehab:

River Phoenix had not attended a rehabilitation clinic prior to this death and was not said to have been a regular user of hard drugs.

John Cassavetes

Actor

1929 - 1989 (59)

General Info:

John Cassavetes was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. His most notable roles were in Rosemary's Baby and The Dirty Dozen.

Drug Use:

Cassavetes died from cirrhosis of the liver due to heavy drinking at the age of 59.

Rehab:

Cassavetes never attended rehab for his drinking issues.

Chet Baker

Musician

1929 - 1988 (58)

General Info:

Chet Baker was an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, and vocalist.

Drug Use:

Baker began using heroin in the 1950s, developing an addiction that would plague him for the rest of his life.

On May 13, 1988, Baker was found dead on the street below his hotel in Amsterdam. Heroin and cocaine were present in his system as well as in his hotel room. The death was ruled an accident.

Rehab:

It is unconfirmed whether Baker ever attended a rehabilitation facility to treat his heroin addiction.

David Croudip

Athlete

1958 - 1988 (30)

General Info:

David Croudip was an American football player who played for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Atlanta Falcons.

Drug Use:

Croudip died on October 10, 1988, after accidentally overdosing on cocaine.

Rehab:

Croudip is confirmed to have attended rehab at least once to deal with his cocaine abuse issues.

Len Bias

Athlete

1963 - 1986 (22)

General Info:

Len Bias was an American basketball player who was a first team All-American at the University of Maryland and the 2nd overall pick of the 1986 NBA Draft.

Drug Use:

Bias was not known as a frequent drug user, but just two days after being selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft, Bias died of cardiac arrhythmia related to the usage of cocaine.

Rehab:

Len Bias never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Richard Burton

Actor

1925 - 1984 (58)

General Info:

Richard Burton was a Welsh stage and cinema actor who was nominated seven times for Academy Awards.

Drug Use:

Burton was a long-time alcoholic, which led many to believe that he never lived up to his truly great potential as an actor.

According to one biographer, Burton was drinking three to four bottles of hard liquor per day in the mid-'70s.

He died from a brain hemorrhage on August 5th, 1984, at his home in Switzerland. Although his death was sudden, Burton's health had been declining for years, and he had been warned that his liver was enlarged as early as 1970.

Rehab:

Richard Burton is said to have been sent to Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA, after nearly drinking himself to death during the shooting of The Klansman in 1974.

Truman Capote

Author

1924 - 1984 (59)

General Info:

Truman Capote was an American author, who wrote many classic short stories, novels, and plays. His most notable works included Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood.

Drug Use:

While Capote had always been known as a heavy drinker, the process of writing his non-fiction masterwork In Cold Blood took its toll on him. Many say that he was never the same after dealing with the dark subject matter, and that he turned to alcohol and tranquilizer drugs to help deal with things.

Capote died at the L.A. home of Joanne Carson, the ex-wife of Johnny Carson, from liver disease complicated by phlebitis, alcohol, and multiple drug intoxication.

Rehab:

Capote had many failed attempts at rehabilitation, mainly in the late '70s. In the last year of his life, he had another failed stint in rehab and a stay in a Long Island hospital for an overdose.

John Belushi

Comedian

1949 - 1982 (33)

General Info:

John Belushi was an American comedian, actor, and musician, best known for being an original cast member of Saturday Night Live.

Drug Use:

Belushi struggled with substance abuse from early on in his career, with his widow revealing after his death that he "didn't know when to stop."

Belushi died on March 2, 1982, in Hollywood, California, from a speedball (cocaine and heroin) overdose.

Rehab:

Belushi never entered a rehabilitation clinic but was said to have made several attempts of willpower and changes of location to get sober.

John Bonham

Musician

1948 - 1980 (32)

General Info:

An English musician and songwriter, best known for being the drummer of Led Zeppelin.

Drug Use:

Bonham had a long history of alcohol abuse.

In the early hours of September 26, 1980, Bonham fell asleep at Jimmy Page's home. He was said to have consumed approximately forty shots of vodka over the previous 24 hours. Bonham vomited and aspirated the vomitus, dying from asphyxiation.

Rehab:

John Bonham is confirmed to have entered rehab at least once to deal with his alcoholism.

Sid Vicious

Musician

1957 - 1979 (21)

General Info:

Sid Vicious was an English bass guitarist and vocalist, most famous for being the bassist in the influential punk band, The Sex Pistols.

Drug Use:

Vicious was first exposed to heroin at a young age, as his mother was a frequent user and suspected dealer of the drug. He began using heroin while attending college, which is also where he met the frontman of the Sex Pistols, John Lyndon.

During the process of recording the Sex Pistols' debut album, Sid Vicious was hospitalized with hepatitis due to intravenous drug use. After completing a rehabilitation program and serving time in prison on Riker's Island, Sid Vicious overdosed on heroin his mother had procured for him at this own release party.

Rehab:

Sid Vicious is confirmed to have completed a rehabilitation program at least once to deal with his heroin addiction.

Keith Moon

Musician

1946 - 1978 (32)

General Info:

Keith Moon was an English musician, best known for being the drummer of the English rock band The Who.

Drug Use:

Moon had a storied history with partying and substance abuse. In the 1970s he fell deeper into alcoholism following the break-up of his marriage.

By the mid-'70s there had been several occasions when he passed out on stage while touring with The Who.

Keith Moon died in September of 1978 in London after overdosing on Heminevrin, a drug designed to curb alcohol abuse.

Rehab:

Keith Moon made several brief but unsuccessful attempts at rehab for his numerous addiction isssues.

Elvis Presley

Musician

1935 - 1977 (42)

General Info:

Elvis Presley was an American singer, musician, actor, and a cultural icon of the 20th century. Presley is often referred to as "the King of Rock and Roll."

Drug Use:

Presley is said to have had a history of sleep issues dating back to his childhood. These issues intensified after his mother passed and after he was drafted to the army in 1957. By 1967, Presley was taking both uppers and downers—amphetamines prior to his shows and tranquilizers afterwards.

Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977. He was suffering from many health ailments at the time and is said to have passed from a heart attack made worse by his long history with substance abuse.

Rehab:

While it is unknown whether Elvis Presley ever checked into a rehab facility, he was hospitalized several times for health complications tied to his frequent drug use.

Freddie Prinze

Actor

1954 - 1977 (22)

General Info:

An American actor and stand-up comedian, most noted for his role in the 1970s TV sitcom Chico and the Man.

Drug Use:

Prinze suffered from depression, which only worsened after his wife divorced him due to his dependence on drug use, citing that he was a danger to their 9-month-old son.

On January 28, 1977, Prinze committed suicide by gunshot to the head.

Rehab:

Freddie Prinze never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Nick Drake

Musician

1948 - 1974 (26)

General Info:

Nick Drake was an English singer-songwriter and musician. Drake's work received wider recognition after his death.

Drug Use:

Nick Drake suffered from depression, particularly in the latter stages of his short life.

On November 25, 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant. It is unknown whether his death was an accident or intended suicide.

Rehab:

Nick Drake never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Bruce Lee

Athlete

1940 - 1973 (32)

General Info:

Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong-American martial artist, film actor, and filmmaker, largely considered to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time.

Drug Use:

Bruce Lee was given a painkiller, Equagesic, which contained both aspirin and meprobamate (a muscle relaxant) after complaining about a headache. He laid down for a nap and did not wake up. It was determined that he died from an allergic reaction to meprobamate.

Rehab:

Bruce Lee never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Diane Arbus

Photographer

1923 - 1971 (48)

General Info:

Diane Arbus was an American photographer and writer, noted for her black and white photographs of people normally considered "deviant and marginal" by society.

Drug Use:

Arbus suffered severe bouts of depression, which may have been worsened by symptoms of hepatitis.

On July 26, 1971, Arbus committed suicide by ingesting barbiturates and slashing her wrists with a razor.

Rehab:

Diane Arbus never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Jim Morrison

Musician

1943 - 1971 (27)

General Info:

Jim Morrison was an American singer-songwriter and poet, most noted for being the lead singer and frontman for The Doors.

Drug Use:

Morrison developed a dependency on alcohol at a young age and struggled with other substance abuse throughout his life.

On July 3, 1971, after a night of drinking, Morrison is suspected to have mistakenly ingested heroin, thinking that it was cocaine. The circumstances of his death are uncertain due to the fact that no autopsy was performed.

Rehab:

Jim Morrison never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Janis Joplin

Musician

1943 - 1970 (27)

General Info:

Janis Joplin is an American singer-songwriter, most noted for her solo work in the late '60s.

Drug Use:

After spending time in New York City, Joplin developed an amphetamine habit in 1966. She joined the band Big Brother & the Holding Company shortly thereafter and continued on a downward spiral of drug use and alcoholism.

On October 4th, 1970, Janis Joplin was found dead in a Hollywood hotel room. Her death was caused by a heroin overdose.

Rehab:

Janis Joplin never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Jimi Hendrix

Musician

1942 - 1970 (27)

General Info:

Jimi Hendrix is an American musician, singer, and songwriter, widely considered to be one of the most influential guitarists of all time.

Drug Use:

While Hendrix is frequently associated with the use of psychedelic drugs, he is also said to have frequently used amphetamines, alcohol, and other illicit drugs.

Hendrix was found unresponsive on the morning of September 18, 1970, and was unable to be resuscitated. His cause of death was determined to be vomit asphyxiation due to overdose of alcohol and barbiturates.

Rehab:

Jimi Hendrix never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Brian Jones

Musician

1942 - 1969 (27)

General Info:

Brian Jones was an English musician and bandleader of The Rolling Stones.

Drug Use:

By 1968, Jones' substance abuse and mood swings had become too much for the rest of the band; he did not accompany them on an American tour.

On the night of June 2nd, 1969, Jones was found at the bottom of his swimming pool by his girlfriend. The coroner's report stated that his liver and heart were both enlarged due to drug and alcohol abuse.

Rehab:

Brian Jones never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Jack Kerouac

Author

1922 - 1969 (47)

General Info:

An American novelist and poet, Kerouac is considered one of the pioneers of the Beat Generation.

Drug Use:

Kerouac was a long-time alcoholic and frequently addressed the issue in his writings.

He died on October 21st, 1969, from esophageal bleeding caused by cirrhosis.

Rehab:

Kerouac never attended rehab for his alcoholism.

Judy Garland

Actress

1922 - 1969 (47)

General Info:

An American actress and singer, Garland was once described by Fred Astaire as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived."

Drug Use:

As Garland's career took off as a teenager, she became addicted to uppers and downers as a way to handle her busy work schedule.

Her troubles with addiction grew worse as she aged, and she would often retreat into drug use after an unsuccessful show or even after reading a bad review.

On June 22, 1969, Garland was found dead in London. She had ingested 10 Seconal pills, but it was undetermined if it was an intended suicide or accidental, due to the fact that the pills were taken over the course of several hours.

Rehab:

Judy Garland never attended a rehabilitation clinic for her substance issues.

Brian Epstein

Businessman

1934 - 1967 (32)

General Info:

Brian Epstein was an English music entrepreneur, best known for having been the manager of the Beatles until his death.

Drug Use:

Early on in his career, Epstein began taking prescription drugs, mainly Preludin, to stay awake during the grueling concert tours with the Beatles.

His addiction grew stronger, as many began noticing him grinding his jaw in public and sneaking pills at parties.

On August 27, 1967, Epstein was discovered dead in his room, with a toxicology report revealing that he had died from overdose of Carbitral (barbiturate sleeping pill) and alcohol.

Rehab:

Epstein attempted (unsuccessfully) to curb his drug use after checking into the Priory Clinic in Putney while The Beatles were recording their Sgt. Pepper album.

Lenny Bruce

Comedian

1925 - 1966 (40)

General Info:

Lenny Bruce was an American stand-up comedian and social critic, frequently noted as one of the most influential stand-up comics of all time.

Drug Use:

Lenny Bruce was a long-term heroin addict and was busted for narcotics in 1961 in Philadelphia.

On August 3, 1966, Bruce was found dead in his Hollywood home. The cause of death was determined to be "acute morphine poisoning caused by accidental overdose."

Rehab:

Bruce is confirmed to have entered a rehab facility at least once to address his substance abuse issues.

Eugene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb

Athlete

1931 - 1963 (31)

General Info:

Eugene Lipscomb was an American football player, who played defensive lineman in the National Football League from 1953 to 1962.

Drug Use:

While Eugene Lipscomb was known to be an alcoholic, consuming two fifths of whiskey on a daily basis, no one had seen him use illicit drugs.

On May 10, 1963, Lipscomb died of a heroin overdose in a Baltimore apartment. However, his death remains surrounded by mystery. It is speculated that Lipscomb, who had been drinking heavily, was injected with heroin by his company at the time as part of a robbery scheme, and that his death was accidental.

Rehab:

Eugene Lipscomb never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Sylvia Plath

Author

1932 - 1963 (30)

General Info:

Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. In 1982, she posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize.

Drug Use:

Plath had been battling severe depression and was prescribed antidepressants a few days prior to her death.

On February 11, 1963, Plath committed suicide in her home. She was found with her head in the kitchen oven with the gas turned on.

Rehab:

Sylvia Plath never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Marilyn Monroe

Actress

1926 - 1962 (36)

General Info:

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer who became a sex symbol of the '50s and early '60s.

Drug Use:

Marilyn Monroe was initially prescribed barbiturates as an attempt to treat what she claimed were "voices in her head." This lead to an increasing dependency on the drugs and ultimately to her death.

On August 5, 1962, Monroe was found dead in her L.A. home after allegedly committing suicide by taking barbiturates. The details of her death are still controversial.

Rehab:

Marilyn Monroe never attended a rehabilitation clinic for her substance issues.

Billie Holiday

Singer

1915 - 1959 (44)

General Info:

An American jazz singer and songwriter, Holiday was an influential figure in jazz and pop singing.

Drug Use:

By the mid-'40s Holiday had frequently been in trouble with the law due to her drug use. By the 1950s, alcohol and marijuana use had significantly affected her voice, and it occasionally cracked during performances.

In 1959, Holiday was told that she had cirrhosis of the liver. She attempted to stop drinking but eventually fell back into alcoholism. On July 17, 1959, Holiday died in a New York hospital from pulmonary edema and heart failure caused by cirrhosis of the liver.

Rehab:

After an arrest for illegal narcotics in the mid-'40s, Holiday was placed (at her own request) in a federal rehabilitation center in West Virginia for a year and a day.

Tommy Dorsey

Singer

1905 - 1956 (51)

General Info:

An American jazz musician, composer, and bandleader, Dorsey was known as "The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing."

Drug Use:

Dorsey, who had been regularly taking sleeping pills and was too sedated to awaken himself, choked to death after eating a heavy meal on November 26, 1956.

Rehab:

Tommy Dorsey never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Frida Kahlo

Artist

1907 - 1954 (47)

General Info:

A Mexican surrealist painter, Kahlo is best known for her self-portraits.

Drug Use:

Kahlo, who had abused drugs and alcohol for much of her life, suffered from several health problems that mainly stemmed from serious injuries she sustained in a bus accident in her youth.

On July 13, 1954, Kahlo died, with the official cause of death given as a pulmonary embolism. Some suspect that she died from an overdose and that it may or may not have been a suicide. No autopsy was performed.

Rehab:

Frida Kahlo never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

Hank Williams, Sr.

Musician

1923 - 1953 (29)

General Info:

An American singer-songwriter and musician, Williams is regarded as one of the most important country music artists of all time.

Drug Use:

Williams was said to have been born with an undiagnosed case of spina bifida occulta, which gave him lifelong pain. This was a factor in his long-term abuse of alcohol and drugs.

On January 1, 1953, Williams died from heart failure due to the mix of alcohol, chloral hydrate, and a shot of vitamin B-12 containing morphine that was administered by a doctor.

Rehab:

Hank Williams Sr. never attended a rehabilitation clinic.

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Athlete

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Athlete

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Actress

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Musician

1958 - 2009 (50)

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Athlete

1967 - 2008 (40)

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Actor

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Musician

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1967 - 2005 (38)

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1929 - 1988 (58)

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1958 - 1988 (30)

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1963 - 1986 (22)

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1925 - 1984 (58)

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Musician

1957 - 1979 (21)

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Musician

1946 - 1978 (32)

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1935 - 1977 (42)

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Photographer

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Musician

1943 - 1971 (27)

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Musician

1943 - 1970 (27)

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Musician

1942 - 1970 (27)

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Musician

1942 - 1969 (27)

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Author

1922 - 1969 (47)

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Actress

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Comedian

1925 - 1966 (40)

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Athlete

1931 - 1963 (31)

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Author

1932 - 1963 (30)

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Actress

1926 - 1962 (36)

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1915 - 1959 (44)

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Singer

1905 - 1956 (51)

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Artist

1907 - 1954 (47)

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Musician

1923 - 1953 (29)

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