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Celebrity Drug Overdoses

I knew that there have been a few deaths of famous people involved in drugs, but when I started to look in to it I was absolutely shocked to learn how many there were.  A very serious problem exists and shows no sign of stopping.

John Belushi, died in 1982 from a combined injection of cocaine and heroin known as a “speedball”. Best known for his roles in “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers”. He was also a cast member of “Saturday night Live” and the role of Dr. Peter Venkman in “Ghostbusters” was written for Belushi. Cathy Smith who was a groupie for “the Band” was charged with first degree murder for giving him the fatal shot. She was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Elvis Presley, died in 1977 from a violent heart attack. But it is widely believed it was brought on by combined drug intoxication(poly-pharmacy). Considered to be “The King of Rock and Roll” Elvis staged the first ever live concert via satellite and had at least 1 billion viewers, with another 500 million on a delay. He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in the history of music.

Marilyn Monroe, died in 1962 from “acute barbiturate poisoning”. Rumors and speculation that she was murdered still continue today, involving political figures such as JFK and his brother Robert. Arguably the most famous model and performer, Marilyn starred in many movies with other stars such as Clark Gable and Charlton Heston.

Judy Garland died in 1969 from an overdose of barbiturates. Her most notable performance was Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” and introduced the song “Over the Rainbow” to the world. Judy Garland is the mother of Liza Minnelli and star “the Judy Garland Show”. The series was nominated for 4 Emmy awards.

Anna Nicole Smith died in 2007 from “combined drug intoxication”. It is worth mentioning that no illegal drugs were found in her system. Model, Sex Symbol, and TV personality she had her own show “The Anna Nicole Show” and was Playmate of the year in 1993. It was rumored that Anna never recovered from the death of her son Daniel and this led to her increased depression and overdose.

Heath Ledger died in 2008 from acute intoxication of a variety of narcotic drugs. He starred in many movies including “The Patriot”, “Broke Back Mountain” and “A Knights Tale”. His portrayal of the Joker in “The Dark Knight” was said by many to be his best work, and awarded him the Best Supporting Actor award. This was partly due to enormous public opinion and was given posthumously to his family.

It is unknown at this time the cause of death of Michael Jackson, so I have omitted his name from this list. But there is strong evidence to suggest that drugs played a role in his condition as well. It is apparent that money and status allows celebritys access to and abuse of various illegal and prescription drugs that is leading to their deaths. Is becoming a star destined to have a fatal outcome? Not for everyone, but for far too many that seems to be the case. I hope that future deaths can be avoided from this preventable cause.


July 2, 2009, 12:30 PM - Posted by | All News


  1. I don’t know if this was mentioned,but Diprivan isn’t only given IV,it’s dripped and NOT just dripped,it MUST be dripped via a pump,so the drops can be not only counted but documented,it’s called an IV infusion pump,WONDER if Michael had one?also,there are mini infusion pumps that can be implanted into a person and delivers a set amount of a narcotic pain med,and there is also a PCA Patient Controlled Anelgesic,the pt.presses a button when he has pain and the pump delivers a set amount,these prevent the person from overdosing by preventing a lethal dose from infusing,the dose is ordered by the physician(anesthesiologist)mixed by pharmacist put into a sterile container and is a closed system making it tamper-proof.IMO~Michael certainly would have known about these options,I wonder if the “needle”marks on his chest were from a pump insertion,it can be inserted in the same area as a pacemaker below the clavicle or in the abdomen area,JUST thinking out loud.Possibly Michael didn’t want a “normal” dose,he certainly looked in great shape at the rehearsal.


    Comment by terisa | July 3, 2009, 12:33 PM | Reply

  2. *
    well folks… i’ve gotta confess i don’t get the whole worship the celebrity junkie-freaks thing.

    elvis died, horrendously overweight, with a drug-scarred liver that showed up on airport metal detectors, face-down in a pool of his own vomit with his pants around his ankles after tumbling off the toilet.

    michael jackson’s best friend in the whole world was a chimp. he spent half his life turning himself into a younger version of elizabeth taylor. he dangled a baby over a balcony. he was arrested for child molestation.

    call me wacky, but you people need some new role models.



    Comment by neo | July 3, 2009, 12:47 PM | Reply

    • Neo I’m not sure how discussing famous people who succumbed to drug abuse via enabling doctors that ultimately resulted in their death is worship.I do not worship any man. I do, however, appreciate many for their talents that entertained the world & find it sad that they fell into a habit cost them their lives.
      Far from roll models as well, their lives are not a path I would want to follow.

      Elvis & MJ both were surrounded with doctors who enabled their addictions, yes their choice. But in what frame of mind & what was their understanding of the dangers, especially back in the 50s-60s?
      Prescription drugs were deemed safe when many of these stars began taking them. Doctors were also trusted & many of these stars were caught up in run away train careers.
      The industry as well pushes many celebrities to need drugs by pushing them to do more performance’s.
      I think the point is it’s time for something to be done about doctors who cater to the rich & famous for profit over what’s best for them. If many of these celebrities had not been supplied the drugs things may have turned out differently.


      Comment by Beth | July 3, 2009, 3:23 PM | Reply

  3. BETH, right. Discussing – doesn’t mean WORSHIP. (see last 2 sentences here).

    NEO, There has been a very interesting dialogue on a jazz site discussing WHY we like the kind of music we like, and which performers.

    The undisputed answer we all came up with is – we like WHO we “liked” when we were teens, or in our early 20’s. THAT became the music of our life. Ask your friends what kind of music they like, or who they like. Take into consideration their age. Think about yourself in that situation. Do you too like the music and stars of your teens – early 20’s?

    Maybe that explains some of us on this blog. Of course now, we are all pretty upset. MJ was much too young to die, and this wasn’t even a “normal death” – we are all pretty sure. It’s probably some level of murder! Enough to upset fans and all decent human beings.

    I wonder if all these NEEDLESS deaths are enough to send these wonderful Drs. a RED FLAG? Maybe, maybe not. 😦


    Comment by Heart | July 3, 2009, 4:09 PM | Reply

  4. *
    “beth says… I do, however, appreciate many for their talents that entertained the world”

    i’m sure there are all kinds of folk who appreciate the top echelon of the third reich for their contributions to military tactics and strategy.

    of course, that doesn’t mean they weren’t piss-poor excuses for human beings.

    junkies… they kill themselves.

    and it’s ugly & stupid.

    get over it.



    Comment by neo | July 3, 2009, 4:23 PM | Reply

    • Neo. You’ve made your opinion known. That’s fine you are entitled to it. But you are bordering on being insulting and confrontational. Just agree to disagree and move on.


      Comment by Beast | July 3, 2009, 4:52 PM | Reply

    • Theres the bad in every “group” of people, you have people who are horrible in your work place,your neighbor,political figures,celebrities..etc thats life… Whats the point of your argument again? To say junkies are losers? Well bravo to you Neo for putting those with addiction problems down. As if you do not have you own vices and your poo doesn’t stink.

      Compassion can go a long way and in the end you end up with good karma,god blesses you whatever you choose to believe in.

      But then there are others cynical pessimistic people and those people do not add anything positive.. they sit and judge. What do they change? Nothing.

      I prefer to have some compassion and understanding, if thats a weakness to anyone then to try to be uncaring and “different” must be their weakness…not a strength.


      Comment by Butters | July 3, 2009, 6:20 PM | Reply

    • I’m sorry Neo, I can’t draw any parallel between the Nazi war crimes & talent.


      Comment by Beth | July 3, 2009, 8:47 PM | Reply

  5. Neo I don’t see anyone supporting immoral or illegal behaviors. The debate seems to be professionals who take an oath to preserve and protect life yet contribute to the death of these very well known people. I personally see it as professionals taking advantage for financial gain.
    Entertainers are human beings who make mistakes just like you and I. Maybe a little compassion would go a long way.


    Comment by Somebody | July 3, 2009, 4:39 PM | Reply

  6. I have to believe that no one famous or not, rich or not, ever wanted to be or thought that they would be addicted to a substance(s) – But for the grace of God, go I…………..


    Comment by Gracie | July 6, 2009, 8:16 AM | Reply

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