Celebrity Overdose - Jim Morrison
December 8, 1943 - July 3, 1971
Drugs have claimed some of music’s greatest talents including the Doors frontman who was just 27 when he was found dead in a Paris apartment bathtub. While there’s no autopsy report to back up this claim, most believed he died of an a heroin overdose, having accidentally injected it believing it to be cocaine.
Celebrity Overdose - Brad Renfro
July 25, 1982 – Jan. 15, 2008
The young actor caught fire in Hollywood thanks to roles in such breakout films as “Apt Pupil” and “The Client.” However, his career burned out due to alcohol and drug-related problems. He passed away inside his Los Angeles home at the age of 25 and the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed that his death was due to an “acute heroin/morphine intoxication” from IV drug use.
Celebrity Overdose - Ol’ Dirty Bastard
Nov. 15, 1968 – Nov. 13, 2004
The rapper, best known for his work with the Wu Tang Clan, died from an overdose attributed to a lethal mixture of cocaine and the prescription drug Tramadol. He collapsed inside the New York recording studio of fellow hip-hop star RZA.
Celebrity Overdose - Chris Farley
Feb. 15, 1964 – Dec. 18, 1997
The “Saturday Night Live” star died accidentally from an overdose of cocaine and heroin, known as a speedball, in his Chicago apartment.
In the final years of his life, Farley had sought treatment for obesity and drug abuse on 17 occasions. On December 18, 1997, Farley was found dead by his younger brother, John, in his apartment in the John Hancock Center in Chicago. An autopsy later revealed that Farley had died of a cocaine and morphine overdose early that morning. Farley’s death is often compared to that of his SNL idol John Belushi, who also died at age 33 of an accidental drug overdose consisting of cocaine and heroin.