Famous Celebrities Who Died of Alcoholism or
Well, it's happened for a long time, and even longer than you
think, that celebrities and other famous people have died from
either alcoholism or drug overdoses. In fact, two historical figures
not only died from drug overdoses but died from assisted suicides
Did you know, for instance, that the father of psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud, after a lifelong usage of cocaine, died by assisted
suicide by morphine overdose? Also, billionaire Howard Hughes
died by physician administered overdose of codeine at "the
highest clinical level ever recorded".
As with other drug or alcohol
addictions among celebrities and other famous people
the majority of the deaths that have made the headlines have occurred
to actors, actresses and musicians.
Recently, the death of Michael
Jackson is perhaps the most famous drug overdose. Of course,
just before that the death of Anna
Nicole Smith that also rocked the world with her death.
To a lesser extent, but no less missed by his family or friends,
famous pitch man Billy Mays can still been seen on TV. And of
course, Heath Ledger posthumously
was given an Oscar for best supporting actor for his performance
playing The Joker in the Batman (The Dark Knight) movie after
dying of a drug overdose.
Heath Ledger as The Joker
Since many celebrities have died over the years due to alcoholism
or drug overdose, let's put a few more names on our list.
Anna Nicole Smith
Chris Kelly (rapper from Kris Kross)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Of course this list of famous celebrities who have died of alcoholism
or drugs is not complete. There are many we don't know about for
various reasons including family privacy, media inattention and
Some famous people have died of multiple causes with alcohol
or drugs being a contributing factor but not the main factor in
the death. So, I've excluded these people from the list. If you
know of another famous person or celebrity who has died of alcoholism
or drugs, send it in. If we can confirm it, then we'll publish