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  • Herb Abrams (42) - American professional wrestling promoter, heart complications brought on by drug abuse.
  • Nick Adams (36) - actor, drug overdose.
  • David Allen Adkisson (25) - American professional wrestler, death speculated upon as drugs overdose.
  • Kerry Gene Adkisson (33) - American professional wrestler, suicide, after arrest for cocaine possession and drug problems.
  • Michael Brent Adkisson (23) - American professional wrestler, suicide, overdosed on tranquilizers.
  • Dave Alexander (27) - musician, The Stooges.
  • Dennis Allen (36) - Australian infamous drug dealer, drug induced heart failure.
  • GG Allin (36) - punk musician, heroin overdose.
  • Bridgette Andersen (21) former child actress, alcohol and heroin overdose.
  • Howard Arkley (48) - painter.
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  • Chet Baker (58) - jazz trumpeter and singer.
  • Florence Ballard (32) - musician, The Supremes, cardiac arrest strongly exacerbated by long-term drug abuse.
  • Honoré de Balzac (51) - caffeine poisoning from drinking over forty cups of coffee a day.
  • Lester Bangs (33) - musician, writer, overdose of painkillers, possibly accidental.
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (27) - painter, heroin overdose.
  • Scotty Beckett (38) - American former child actor, suicide, barbiturate overdose.
  • Bix Beiderbecke (28) - jazz musician, alcoholism.
  • John Belushi (33) - of the Blues Brothers, actor, and comedian, heroin and cocaine overdose (speedball).
  • Bunny Berigan (33) - musician, trumpet, liver cirrhosis from alcoholism.
  • Wes Berggren - musician, Tripping Daisy.
  • George Best (59) - ex-footballer with Manchester United, multiple organ failure, long standing alcoholism.
  • Leah Betts (18) - British schoolgirl, ecstasy related.
  • Len Bias (22) - basketball star; died of cocaine overdose before ever playing in the NBA.
  • Dave Bidwell - musician, the Pink Fairies, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Mungo Jerry.
  • Matty Blagg (real name Matthew Roberts) - musician, Blaggers I.T.A., heroin overdose.
  • Mike Bloomfield - blues guitarist, heroin overdose.
  • Tommy Bolin (25) - musician, Deep Purple, drugs overdose and/or alcohol poisoning.
  • John Bonham (32) - musician Led Zeppelin, inhalation of own vomit; believed to be alcohol-related.
  • James Booker (44) - musician, liver failure.
  • Elisa Bridges (29) - model, acute intoxication - combined effects of heroin, methamphetamine, meperidine and Alprazolam.
  • Erik Brødreskift (30) - musician, Borknagar,Gorgoroth,and Immortal, suicide - pill overdose.
  • Herman Brood (55) - musician, suicide after long-term substance abuse issues.
  • Dennis Brown (42) - musician, Jamacian Reggae singer, believed to be AIDS related but strong rumours of chronic drug abuse.
  • Lenny Bruce (40) - comedian, morphine overdose.
  • Robert Buck (42) - musician, 10,000 Maniacs, liver disease.
  • Tim Buckley (28) - rock and roll musician, heroin overdose.
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  • Andrés Caicedo (25) - Columbian writer, drugs overdose (suicide).
  • Toy Caldwell - musician, Marshall Tucker Band.
  • Ken Caminiti - former Major League Baseball player; acute cocaine and opiates intoxication.
  • Skip Candelori - musician, Turning Point.
  • Max Cantor - journalist, actor, heroin overdose, he became an addict while researching addicts in New York.
  • Gia Carangi - supermodel, heroin abuse led to a death from AIDS.
  • Leroy Carr - blues musician, cirrhosis of the Liver as a result of alcoholism.
  • Michael Clarke (47) - musician, the Byrds, liver failure due to long term alcoholism.
  • Sonny Clark - musician, American hard bop pianist, heroin overdose.
  • Steve Clark - musician, Def Leppard, accidential death (anti-depressants, painkillers and alcohol).
  • Will Clay - musician, The Toys.
  • Montgomery Clift - actor, heart attack due to severe alcoholism and drug abuse.
  • Brian Cole - musician, the Association, heroin overdose.
  • Brian Connolly - musician, Sweet, liver damage caused by long-term substance abuse.
  • Pamela Courson - common law wife of Jim Morrison of The Doors, heroin overdose.
  • Cowboy (real name Keith Wiggins) - musician, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, drug overdose.
  • Carl Crack - musician, Atari Teenage Riot, drug overdose.
  • Darby Crash (22) - punk musician, of The Germs, suicide by heroin overdose.
  • Robbin Crosby - musician, ex-Ratt, contracted HIV as a result of long-time heroin addiction and died of AIDS.
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  • Dalida (54) - singer, suicide, barbiturates overdose (sleeping pills).
  • Dorothy Dandridge (42) - actress, singer, anti-depressant overdose.
  • Jesse Ed Davis (43) - guitarist, session musician, drug overdose.
  • Sheik Sayed Darwish - Egyptian composer and father of Arab popular music, cocaine overdose.
  • Paul Demayo - American professional bodybuilder, heroin overdose.
  • Ted Demme (38) - film director, heart attack, small amount of cocaine taken may have contributed.
  • Rick Dey - musician, the Vejtables, February Sunshine, the Wilde Knights and the Merry-Go-Round.
  • Dimwit - musician, D.O.A., drug overdose.
  • Matt DiMorte (16) - ex-lead guitarist in the Band 'Us', solo guitarist, suicide on unknown pills, after severe psychotic hallucinations and impairments from insomnia.
  • Teri Diver (29) - pornographic actress, cardic arrest caused by overdose of migraine medication.
  • Kiki Djan - Ghanian musician, Osibisa, drug addiction and AIDS.
  • DJ Screw (29) - musician, heart attack thought to be result of codeine overdose.
  • Desmond Donnelly (53) - British politician/ Businessman/ Journalist, suicide under influence of alcohol/ overdose of barbiturates.
  • Tommy Dorsey (51) - jazz musician and bandleader, choked to death while sleeping with the aid of drugs.
  • John Dougherty - musician, Flipper, heroin overdose.
  • Nick Drake (26) - musician, anti-depressant overdose, disputed suicide.
  • Bobby Driscoll (31) - actor, heart failure, long term drug abuse.
  • Bobby Duncum, Jr. - American professional wrestler, prescription drug overdose.
  • Anthony Durante - American professional wrestler, drugs overdose.
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  • Jeanne Eagels (39) - actress, alcohol and/or heroin abuse.
  • John Entwistle (57) - musician, bassist for the Who, died from heart failure brought upon by cocaine use.
  • Brian Epstein (32) - Manager of The Beatles, drug overdose.
  • Howie Epstein (47) - musician, ex-bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, heroin overdose.
  • Rick Evers - musician, drummer and songwriter, was married to Carole King, heroin overdose.
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  • Chris Farley (33) - comedian, cocaine and heroin overdose (speedball).
  • Pete Farndon (31) - musician, the Pretenders, drowned/ heroin overdose.
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder - playwright, director.
  • Brenda Fassie - South African singer, cocaine overdose.
  • W.C. Fields (67) - American performer and actor, complications of alcoholism.
  • Keith Ferguson - musician, the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
  • Althea Flynt - co-publisher of Hustler magazine, drowned after passing out after drug overdose.
  • Zac Foley (31) - musician, EMF, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, barbituates and alcohol in bloodstream.
  • Sigmund Freud - Austrian neurologisy, physician assisted morphine overdose.
  • Tom Foote - Punk musician, the Devices and the Loco Gringos, drug overdose.
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  • Rory Gallagher - musician, Taste, died of complications from a liver transplant from prolonged alcohol use.
  • Paul Gardiner - musician, Tubeway Army, drug overdose.
  • Judy Garland - American singer and actress, disputed drug overdose as cause of death.
  • Lowell George - musician, Little Feat, heart attack - habitual drug abuse probable cause.
  • Andy Gibb - singer, younger brother of the Bee Gees; cardiac damage strongly exacerbated by cocaine and alcohol abuse.
  • Simon Gipps-Kent - British actor, morphine poisoning, suspected drugs overdose.
  • Candy Givens - musician, Zephyr, drowned in jacuzzi after passing out from a mix of alcohol and quaaludes.
  • Trevor Goddard - British former professional boxer turned actor, drugs overdose.
  • Alexander Godunov (45) - actor, died of alcoholism.
  • Dwayne Goettel - musician, Skinny Puppy, heroin overdose.
  • Lucy Grealy (39) - American poet, presumed accidental drug overdose.
  • Sean Greenway - Australian indie musician, member of GOD, heroin overdose
  • Gribouille - French singer, drugs overdose.
  • Stacy Guess - musician, the Squirrel Nut Zippers, heroin overdose.
  • Eddie Guerrero - professional wrestler, died from heart complications caused by past substance abuse
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  • Paul Hammond - musician, Atomic Rooster, drug overdose (suicide).
  • Primož Habič - vocalist of Slovenian 80`s punk band Niet, heroin overdose in 1991
  • Bobby Hatfield - musician, The Righteous Brothers, heart attack triggered by cocaine overdose.
  • Tim Hardin - folk musician, heroin and morphine overdose.
  • Wynonie Harris - blues singer, alcohol poisoning.
  • Brynn Hartman - wife and killer of comedian Phil Hartman, suicide after cocaine and alcohol.
  • Alex Harvey - musician,The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, liver damage caused by alcohol abuse.
  • Joey Hawthorne - American professional poler player, drug overdose.
  • Eddie Hazel - musician, guitarist, of the P-funk collective, liver failure.
  • Mitch Hedberg - American comedian, multiple drug toxicity (cocaine and heroin).
  • Helno (real name Noel Rota) - musician, Les Negresses Vertes, died trying to overcome serious drug addiction.
  • Tim Hemensley - Australian indie musician, member of GOD, heroin overdose
  • Margaux Hemingway - actress, disputed suicide, overdose of sedatives.
  • Jimi Hendrix (27) - rock and roll musician, respiratory arrest caused by barbiturate overdose and vomit inhalation.
  • Curt Hennig - professional wrestler, cocaine overdose.
  • Bil Henson - Adult film actor, accidential heroin overdose.
  • Gregory Herbet - musician, Blood, Sweat & Tears.
  • Bob Hite - musician, Canned Heat, heart attack.
  • Randy Jo Hobbs - musician.
  • El Duce Hoke - musician, drummer and singer in the Mentors, hit by train when alcohol intoxicated (disputed murder theories).
  • Michael Holiday - singer.
  • Billie Holiday - jazz singer died from cirrhosis of the liver attributed to longtime alcohol and heroin abuse.
  • Hollywood Fats - musician.
  • Gary Holton - musician, Heavy Metal Kids, alcohol and morphine overdose.
  • James Honeyman-Scott - musician, the Pretenders, heroin overdose.
  • Shannon Hoon - musician, singer in Blind Melon, cocaine overdose.
  • Tim Hovey - actor.
  • Howard Hughes (70) - aviator, an engineer, an industrialist, a movie producer, a playboy, liver failure - autopsy showed lethal amount of codeine and also valium in body.
  • Harold Hunter (31) - American professional skateboarder and actor, apparent cocaine overdose.
  • Phyllis Hyman - singer, suicide involving pills.
  • Elizabeth Hulette - professional wrestling manager, accidential drug medication/alcohol mixing.
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  • Lorri Jackson - musician.
  • Steven Ronald "Stevo" Jensen - musician, The Vandals, prescription drug overdose.
  • Joëlle, American born French singer, drug overdose.
  • Anissa Jones - actress (played "Buffy" on American T.V series Family Affair), accidential overdose of cocaine, angel dust, Quaaludes and Seconal.
  • Brian Jones - musician, the Rolling Stones, drowned, very likely due to alcohol and barbiturate intoxication.
  • Rob Jones (a.k.a. The Bass Thing) - musician - former bassist of The Wonder Stuff, heroin overdose.
  • Russell Jones (a.k.a. Ol' Dirty Bastard) - hip hop musician, accidential overdose, cocaine and prescription painkiller.
  • Janis Joplin - rock and roll and blues musician, heroin overdose.
  • Joachim Nielsen - musician, heroin overdose.
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  • John Kahn - musician, Jerry Garcia Band, complications of heart disease, heroin, cocaine, and antidepressants found in his body.
  • Jeff Kaplan - musician, Kaleidoscope, drugs overdose.
  • Wells Kelly - musician, Orleans, heroin overdose.
  • David Kennedy - fourth child of Robert F. Kennedy, cocaine and Demerol overdose.
  • Jack Kerouac - writer/poet, complications due to alcoholism.
  • Bernard Kettlewell - British lepidopterist and medical doctor, drugs overdose.
  • Kenny Kirkland - musician, noted pianist, heroin overdose.
  • Hoi Klinskih - musician, Sector Gaza.
  • John Kordic - Canadian hockey player, died during struggle with police after cocaine overdose.
  • Paul Kossoff - musician, Free, drug-related heart problems.
  • Lance Krantz - musician, drummer of Detox.
  • Eddie Kurdziel - musician, Redd Kross, drug overdose.
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  • Arcadia Lake - American pornographic actress, drug overdose.
  • Barbara La Marr - actress, drug-related death in Hollywood.
  • Karen Lancaume - French pornographic actress, overdose of medication (suicide).
  • Carole Landis - actress, overdose of barbiturates (suicide).
  • Peter Laughner - musician, Pere Ubu, acute pancreatitis.
  • Rudy Lewis - musician, the Drifters.
  • Mike Lockwood - American professional wrestler, choked on his own vomit after overdose of painkillers and alcohol.
  • Trinity Loren (real name: Joyce Evelyn McPherson) - American porn star, model, and stripper, accidental overdose of prescription painkillers.
  • Bela Lugosi (73) - actor, drug-related heart attack.
  • Zoe Tamerlis Lund - former child American musical prodigy turned model, actress, and writer, heart failure due to heroin use.
  • Frankie Lymon - musician, doo wop singer, heroin overdose.
  • Phil Lynott - musician, Thin Lizzy, health breakdown caused by a heroin overdose.
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  • Billy Mackenzie - musician, the Associates, overdosed on prescription drugs (suicide).
  • Mike MacTavish - musician, the Lost Souls.
  • Steve Marriott - musician, The Small Faces and Humble Pie, drug related fire.
  • Roger Martin - musician, liver failure from alcohol and drugs.
  • Big Maybelle
  • Jad McAdam - musician, Lino.
  • James McCallum Bronson - stepson of actor Charles Bronson, drug overdose.
  • David McComb, musciian, The Triffids, heroin overdose.
  • Jimmy McCulloch musician with Wings, guitarist, heroin overdose.
  • Pig Pen McKernan - musician, the Grateful Dead, gastrointestinal hemorrhage linked to alcohol abuse.
  • Robbie McIntosh - musician, Average White Band, heroin overdose.
  • Clyde McPhatter - singer.
  • Joe Meek - record producer.
  • Jonathan Melvoin - touring keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins, heroin overdose.
  • Mighty Spoiler - calypso music singer.
  • Miss Christine - musician, the GTO's.
  • Amedeo Modigliani - painter, alcohol poisoning.
  • Marilyn Monroe - actress, overdose of sleeping pills.
  • Matty Luv - musician, Hickey, heroin overdose.
  • Ken Montgomery - musician, D.O.A.
  • Roy Montrell - session guitarist, heroin overdose.
  • Keith Moon - musician, the Who, overdosed on anti-seizure medication.
  • Chester Morris - actor, drug overdose.
  • Jim Morrison (27) - musician, the Doors, heroin and alcohol (cause and fact of death disputed).
  • Billy Murcia - musician, the New York Dolls, accidental suffocation after drugs and alcohol.
  • Brent Mydland - musician, keyboardist, of the Grateful Dead, cocaine/morphine overdose.
  • Modest Mussorgsky - classical composer, alcohol.
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  • Delphine Neid - musician, The Nuns, drugs overdose.
  • Papoose Nelson - blues musician.
  • Joachim Nielsen (36) - Norwegian rock musician, drug overdose
  • Bradley Nowell - musician, Sublime, heroin overdose.
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  • Hugh O'Connor - actor, of In the Heat of the Night TV series, suicide under influence of cocaine.
  • Lani O'Grady - actress, of Eight Is Enough.
  • Frank O'Keefe - musician, the Outlaws.
  • Johnny O'Keefe - musician, singer, heart attack after prescription drugs addiction.
  • Brian O'Leary - actor.
  • Christina Onassis - daughter of the billionaire Aristotle Onassis, pulmonary edema, caused by constant drug abuse and dramatic weight changes.
  • Charlie Ondras - musician, Unsane.
  • Bryan Ottoson - musician, American Head Charge, accidental prescription-drug overdose.
  • Malcolm Owen - singer, lyricist of the Ruts, heroin overdose.
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  • Marco Pantani - cyclist, Tour de France winner; acute cocaine intoxication.
  • Charlie Parker - jazz musician.
  • Robert Pastorelli - American television actor, heroin overdose.
  • Gram Parsons - country musician, of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, overdose, purportedly of morphine and tequila.
  • Joe Pass - jazz musician.
  • Jon-Jon Paulos - musician, the Buckinghams.
  • Chris Penn (40) - Brother of Actor Sean Penn, heart disease and prescription drugs.
  • Art Pepper - jazz musician.
  • Glenn Pereire (65) - classical composer, alcoholism.
  • Chris Pettiet (24) - American actor, accidential drug overdose.
  • Jack Pickford (36) - American actor, syphilis & alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Kristen Pfaff - musician, ex-member of Hole, heroin overdose.
  • Esther Phillips - musician, singer, liver failue due to alcohol and heroin dependency.
  • John Phillips - musician, of the Mamas and the Papas.
  • River Phoenix (23) - actor, overdose of heroin and cocaine (speedball).
  • Jeffrey Lee Pierce (37) - musician, the Gun Club.
  • Rob Pilatus (32) - musician, Milli Vanilli, drug overdose.
  • Dana Plato (34) - actress, of Diff'rent Strokes, suicide - overdose of Vanadom and Vicodin.
  • Elvis Presley (42) - singer, heart attack brought on by overdose of barbituates.
  • Freddie Prinze (22) - comic, actor (Chico and the Man), self-inflicted gunshot wound while under the influence of Quaaludes.
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  • Robert Quine - musician, guitar player, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, suicide by heroin overdose.
  • Glenn Quinn (32) - actor, heroin overdose.
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  • Dee Dee Ramone - musician, the Ramones, heroin overdose.
  • Alex Ramsdell - jazz pianist.
  • Chris Rasmussen - Comedian, hung with lethal amount of cocaine in system (believed to be murder/cops still say suicide).
  • James Ray - musician, drug overdose.
  • Johnnie Ray - musician, liver failure caused by alcoholism.
  • Wallace Reid - actor, flu caused by morphine addiction.
  • Jimmy Reilly (17) - musician, Watertower West and Tony And The Tigers, heroin and alcohol overdose.
  • Elis Regina (36) - Brazilian singer, drug interaction.
  • Rob Graves Ritter - musician, Thelonius Monster, Gun Club, the Bags, 45 Grave.
  • Rachel Roberts - British actress - barbituates overdose (suicide).
  • Andy Rogers - musician, bassist with Johnny Crash, heroin overdose.
  • Peter Rosen - musician, War.
  • Perry Ross - porn actor and producer, heroin overdose.
  • Alma Rubens - actress, flu caused by heroin addiction.
  • Michael Rudetski - musician, keyboardist, Culture Club, heroin overdose.
  • David Ruffin - musician, the Temptations, drug overdose.
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  • George Sanders - British actor, baribituates overdose (suicide).
  • Bon Scott - musician, AC/DC, Aspiration brought on by alcohol intoxication.
  • Phil Seaman - musician, singer.
  • Jean Seberg - actress.
  • Jason Sears - musician, Rich Kids on LSD, treatment with natural drugs.
  • Edie Sedgwick - actress.
  • Nerine Shatner - wife of actor William Shatner, drowned in swimming pool while intoxicated and with traces of valium in bloodstream.
  • Bobby Sheehan - musician, Blues Traveler, drug overdose.
  • Eric Show - baseball player, cocaine and heroin overdose (speedball).
  • Pavlos Sidiropoulos - Greek rock musician, heroin overdose.
  • Judee Sill - folk musician, heroin overdose.
  • Don Simpson - film producer, heart attack, reports of 20 drugs in his body at time of death.
  • Hillel Slovak - musician, Red Hot Chili Peppers, heroin overdose.
  • Davey Boy Smith (39) - British professional wrestler, heart attack - steroid abuse may have contributed.
  • Freddy Soto - comedian, writer and actor, mixture of alcohol, Xanax® and fentanyl.
  • Epic Soundtracks - musician, Swell Maps.
  • Louie Spicolli - American professional wrestler, choked on vomit after drugs and alcohol overdose.
  • Layne Staley - musician, Alice in Chains, cocaine and heroin overdose (speedball).
  • Joey Stefano (26) - pornographic actor, overdose of cocaine, morphine, heroin and ketamine.
  • Inger Stevens - Ameirican actress, suicide - overdose of sleeping pills.
  • Rory Storm - musician, suicide - sleeping pills overdose.
  • Margaret Sullavan (48) - American actress, deliberate barbiturate overdose.
  • Paige Summers - American pornographic model & actress, drug overdose.
  • Screaming Lord Sutch - singer and politician, suicide following Prozac overdose.
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  • Vinnie Taylor - musician, Sha Na Na, heroin overdose.
  • Gary Thain - musician, Uriah Heep, drug overdose.
  • Jason Thirsk - musician, Pennywise, suicide after depression and alcoholism treatment.
  • Johnny Thunders - musician, the New York Dolls, alcohol and methadone poisioning.
  • Dylan Thomas - poet, "an alcoholic insult to the brain."
  • Georg Trakl - playwright, cocaine overdose.
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  • Stu Ungar (45) - Three-time World Series of Poker Main Event winner, heart condition caused by long-term cocaine abuse.
  • Enrique Urquijo - Spanish singer, drug overdose.
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  • Townes Van Zandt - folk musician.
  • Lupe Vélez, actress, secobarbital overdose (suicide).
  • Sid Vicious (21) - musician, the Sex Pistols, heroin overdose, disputed suicide
  • Gene Vincent - rock and roll musician, liver damage caused by alcohol.
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  • Robert Hudson Walker, actor, died suddenly after being administered sodium amytal by his doctor.
  • Shelby Walker, (31) - American female boxer and Martial Arts fighter, apparent medicine overdose.
  • Jeremy Michael Ward, musician, The Mars Volta, apparent heroin overdose.
  • Dinah Washington, musician, overdose of diet pills and alcohol .
  • Rachel Whitear - British student, heroin overdose led to large-scale anti-drugs press campaign in Britain.
  • Brett Whiteley, artist, heroin overdose.
  • Keith Whitley, country musician, alcohol poisoning.
  • Danny Whitten - musician, Crazy Horse, drug overdose or drugs with alcohol (disputed).
  • Alan Wilson - musician, Canned Heat, drug overdose (possible suicide).
  • Hank Williams, musician, drugs and probably alcohol.
  • Kenneth Williams - actor, author and comedian of Carry On fame, overdose of barbiturates (accidental or suicide).
  • Linda Wong - pornographic actress, overdose on Xanax, chlorlhydrate and alcohol.
  • Andrew Wood - musician, Mother Love Bone, heroin overdose.
  • Anna Wood (15) - Australian schoolgirl, cerebral edema, caused by water intoxication and resultant hyponatremia after taking ecstasy.
  • Natalie Wood - actress, drowned when intoxicated.
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  • Paula Yates (40) - British TV presenter & author, partner of deceased INXS star, Micheal Hutchence, heroin overdose.
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  • Philip Van Zandt (53) - Committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills.