The Celebrities Who Have Died from Barbiturates and Other Drugs

Throughout history, there have been those who used drugs to excess and paid the ultimate price: death. Most people do not think they will ever end up being a statistic of dying of a drug overdose, but the following people did just that. These celebrities should have served as a warning to those who looked up to them; however, it would seem that their deaths have had little effect on people who continue to use drugs and consider themselves immune to the dangers they indulge in.

Here is a small part of the list of young actors and musicians who have died of overdoses: River Phoenix, Corey Monteith, Corey Haim, Andy Gibb, Heath Ledger, Jimi Hendrix, Chris Farley, Amy Winehouse, John Belushi and Janis Joplin. Celebrities who were a bit older when they met their fate were: Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Lenny Bruce, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Bruce Lee, Anna Nicole Smith and Hank Williams. Drugs do not discriminate because of age; there are celebrities who are even older who succumbed from the effects of substance abuse. Here are a few: Howard Hughes, Truman Capote, W.C. Fields, Bela Lugosi, and even Sigmund Freud.

These names are just a few off the list of celebrities who have died due to drug use. It is a sobering list. Having fame, fortune and intelligence did not stop them from experimenting with drugs. Drug addiction and use does not discriminate against gender, financial status, up-bringing or IQ.


N.A. “Mind-Blowing List of the Many Famous Celebrities Who Died Untimely Deaths from Drug or Alcohol Abuse.” (Website). (2014).
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  • It is sad that we have lost so many amazing and influential characters over something that could have been easily prevented. Many of the people in the 27 Club(the list of celebrities who have died at age 27)have died because of drugs and drug related incidents. It is sad to see such creative minds go in such a manner.
  • Your post makes it sound like all of these people died from accidental overdoses, but they didn't. Kurt Cobain shot himself in the head with a shotgun. He didn't overdose. Sigmund Freud's doctor purposefully administered a lethal dose of morphine with both Freud and his daughter's consent because Freud was suffering from cancer.
  • You do know that Amy Winehouse died accidently, from alcohol poisoning. Her death was recorded as "misadventure" by the Coroner and it's important to point out that she had beaten her heroin addiction at this point. 
  • That list is depressing. A lot of them had so much talent and potential that its really sad they went when they did.
  • A very long list of very talented people that have passed as a result of drug use. I didn't know previously that Sigmund Freud had died as a result of drugs. Interesting that he was a pioneer of many psychological theories that are still revered to this day and even he wasn't immune to drugs taking their toll. The two that I remember most that passed were Heath Ledger and of course Amy Winehouse.
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