Hollywood Stars Died of Drug Overdoses

When people think of Hollywood stars, there are things that come to their minds include fame and drugs. Hollywood stars are notorious for their partying, drunkenness, and heavy drug use. People usually hear of celebrity deaths due to drug use. Drug use brings out a poor image for them. There is a long list of Hollywood stars who have succumbed the effects of drug abuse. Consequently, they died of drug overdoses. Here is a brief of some in the limelight that died before and at their times.


Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin, whose prominence rose in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company, died of heroin overdose in 1970 in combination with the effects of alcohol. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles.


Janis Joplin was ranked at number 46 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time in 2004 and number 28 on its list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in the following four years.


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 local time on June 25th, 2009 at the age of 50. He died of a drug overdose allegedly administered by his personal physician. However, the King of Pop was believed to die of simultaneous poly-substance use, specifically a combination of Propofol and benzodiazepines.


Michael Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time.



Chris Farley

American comedian Chris Farley died of accidental cocaine overdose on December 18, 1997, in his partment in the John Hancock Center in Chicago. A decline in the Tommy Boy and Black Sheep comedian’s health was frequently noted in the press by early 1997. In the years prior to his death, he had sought treatment for drug abuse and obesity.


He died of cardiac arrest which was caused by an overdose of a combination of morphine and cocaine.


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, best known for being a blond beauty, died of a drug overdose. The final years of her life were marked by illness and personal problems. Her death has been the subject of conjecture. Years and decades after her death, she has often been considered as a pop and cultural icon.


Marilyn Monroe was found dead at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California.


Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll”, died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42. A cultural icon, he was best known for singing and swaying hips. He had a versatile voice, nominated for 14 competitive Grammys and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 36.


Elvis Presley has been inducted into four music halls of fame.



Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith died at the age of 39 of an accidental drug overdose on February 8th, 2007. The drug was reported to consist of at least eight substances including Chloral Hydrate. In the months before her death, she was the press’ focus due to the death of her son Daniel Smith.


Anna Nicole Smith was the Playboy’s 1993 Playmate of the Year.


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