List of deaths through alcohol

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This is a list of the most notable people in Category:Alcohol-related deaths who died of short- and/or long-term effects of alcohol consumption. Deaths caused indirectly by alcohol, such as combined drug intoxication, or driving under the influence, are not listed here.

Name Death date Location Cause Occupation
Verne Troyer 21 April 2018(2018-04-21) (aged 49) Los Angeles, United States Suicide by alcohol intoxication Actor and comedian
Charles Kennedy 1 June 2015(2015-06-01) (aged 55) Fort William, Scotland Major haemorrhage linked to alcoholism Liberal Democrat politician
Jeff Hanneman 2 May 2013(2013-05-02) (aged 49) Inland Empire, California Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Musician
Amy Winehouse 23 July 2011(2011-07-23) (aged 27) London, United Kingdom Alcohol intoxication Singer/songwriter
Gary Moore 6 February 2011(2011-02-06) (aged 58) Estepona, Spain Heart attack Musician
Joann Kenny 3 January 2010(2010-01-03) (aged 37) Kilmarnock, Scotland Multiple organ failure, pneumonia and alcoholic liver disease Actress
Michael Elphick 7 September 2002(2002-09-07) (aged 55) London, United Kingdom Alcoholism Actor
John Nathan-Turner 1 May 2002(2002-05-01) (aged 54) Brighton, United Kingdom Liver failure Television producer
Phil Katz 14 April 2000(2000-04-14) (aged 37) Wisconsin, United States Alcoholism Computer programmer
Oliver Reed 2 May 1999(1999-05-02) (aged 61) Malta Alcoholism Actor
Brian Connolly 10 February 1997(1997-02-10) (aged 51) Slough, United Kingdom Renal failure Singer
Townes Van Zandt 1 January 1997(1997-01-01) (aged 52) Texas, United States Heart attack Musician
Mickey Mantle 13 August 1995(1995-08-13) (aged 63) Dallas, United States Liver cancer New York Yankees center fielder
Peter Cook 9 January 1995(1995-01-09) (aged 57) London, United Kingdom Gastro-intestinal haemorrhage Comedian
George Spenton-Foster 26 December 1993(1993-12-26) (aged 67)[1][citation needed] London, United Kingdom Alcoholism Television director
Keith Whitley 9 May 1989(1989-05-09) (aged 34) Goodlettsville, Tennessee Alcoholism Country music singer
Chögyam Trungpa 4 April 1987(1987-04-04) (aged 48) Halifax, Nova Scotia Alcoholism, alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, cardiac arrest Buddhist meditation master
Ian Hendry 24 December 1984(1984-12-24) (aged 53) London, United Kingdom Stomach haemorrhage Actor
Truman Capote 25 August 1984(1984-08-25) (aged 59) Los Angeles, United States Liver disease Writer
Richard Burton 5 August 1984(1984-08-05) (aged 58) Geneva, Switzerland Cerebral haemorrhage Actor
John Dearth 17 March 1984(1984-03-17) (aged 63) London, England Alcoholism[2] Actor
Garrincha 20 January 1983(1983-01-20) (aged 49) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Alcoholism Footballer
John Bonham 25 September 1980(1980-09-25) (aged 32) Windsor, United Kingdom Asphyxiation Drummer for Led Zeppelin, musician
Yootha Joyce 24 August 1980(1980-08-24) (aged 53) London, England Alcoholism Actress
Vladimir Vysotsky 25 July 1980(1980-07-25) (aged 42) Moscow, Soviet Union Heart attack Singer, songwriter, poet, and actor
Bon Scott 19 February 1980(1980-02-19) (aged 33) London, United Kingdom Acute alcohol intoxication Lead singer and songwriter for hard rock band AC/DC
Reginald Maudling 14 February 1979(1979-02-14) (aged 61) Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London, England Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, Kidney failure Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ed Wood 10 December 1978(1978-12-10) (aged 54) Los Angeles, United States Cardiac arrest Film director
Madan Mohan 14 July 1975(1975-07-14) (aged 51) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Composer
Veronica Lake 7 July 1973(1973-07-07) (aged 50) Vermont, United States Acute hepatitis Actress
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan 8 March 1973(1973-03-08) (aged 27) Corte Madera, United States Gastrointestinal haemorrhage Musician
Geeta Dutt 20 July 1972(1972-07-20) (aged 41) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Singer
Clyde McPhatter 13 June 1972(1972-06-13) (aged 39) The Bronx, United States Heart attack R&B singer
Meena Kumari 31 March 1972(1972-03-31) (aged 38) Mumbai, Maharashtra, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Actress, poet, singer, costume designer
Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal 12 September 1971(1971-09-12) (aged 41) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Composer
Jack Kerouac 21 October 1969(1969-10-21) (aged 47) Tampa Bay, United States Alcoholism Writer
Barbara Payton 8 May 1967(1967-05-08) (aged 39) San Diego, United States Liver failure Actress
Shailendra 14 December 1966(1966-12-14) (aged 43) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Lyricist
James Thurber 2 November 1961(1961-11-02) (aged 66) New York, United States Stroke Cartoonist and writer
Errol Flynn 14 October 1959(1959-10-14) (aged 50) Vancouver, Canada Heart attack Actor
Billie Holiday 17 July 1959(1959-07-17) (aged 44) New York City, United States Cirrhosis Singer
Raymond Chandler 26 March 1959(1959-03-26) (aged 70) La Jolla, United States Pneumonia Writer
Lester Young 15 March 1959(1959-03-15) (aged 49) New York, United States Heart failure Musician
Joseph McCarthy 2 May 1957(1957-05-02) (aged 48) Maryland, United States Acute hepatitis Republican U.S. Senator
Ira Hayes 24 January 1955(1955-01-24) (aged 32) Arizona, United States Alcohol intoxication, hypothermia War hero
Dylan Thomas 9 November 1953(1953-11-09) (aged 39) New York, United States Alcoholism Writer
Hank Williams 1 January 1953(1953-01-01) (aged 29) Oak Hill, United States Acute ventricular dilation Musician
Curly Howard 18 January 1952(1952-01-18) (aged 48) San Gabriel, California Stroke Actor
Sinclair Lewis 10 January 1951(1951-01-10) (aged 65) Rome, Italy Alcoholism Novelist, playwright, short story writer
W. C. Fields 25 December 1946(1946-12-25) (aged 66) Pasadena, United States Alcoholism Actor
Lorenz Hart 22 November 1943(1943-11-22) (aged 48) New York City, United States Alcoholism Lyricist
John Barrymore 29 May 1942(1942-05-29) (aged 60) Los Angeles, United States Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Actor
Helen Morgan 9 October 1941(1941-10-09) (aged 41) Chicago, United States Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Singer, actress
F. Scott Fitzgerald 21 December 1940(1940-12-21) (aged 44) Hollywood, United States Heart attack Writer
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 10 November 1938(1938-11-10) (aged 57) Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Turkey Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis First president of Turkey
Fernando Pessoa 30 November 1935(1935-11-30) (aged 47) Lisbon, Portugal Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis or alcohol-related pancreatitis Poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher
Bix Beiderbecke 6 August 1931(1931-08-06) (aged 28) New York, United States Pneumonia Musician
O. Henry 5 June 1910(1910-06-05) (aged 47) New York, United States Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Writer
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 9 September 1901(1901-09-09) (aged 36) Saint-André-du-Bois, France Alcoholism Painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator
Pōmare V 12 June 1891(1891-06-12) (aged 51) Royal Palace, Papeʻete, Tahiti Alcoholism The last monarch of Tahiti
Modest Mussorgsky 28 March 1881(1881-03-28) (aged 42) Saint Petersburg, Russia Alcoholism, delirium tremens, epileptic seizure Composer
Franklin Pierce 8 October 1869(1869-10-08) (aged 64) Concord, United States Edema or alcohol-related liver cirrhosis (death certification) U.S. President
Ardashir Mirza 1866(1866-00-00) (aged 58–59) Tehran, Iran Alcohol-related issues Prince, and governor
Daniel Webster 24 October 1852(1852-10-24) (aged 70) Marshfield, Massachusetts, U.S. Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis United States Secretary of State
Ranjit Singh 27 June 1839(1839-06-27) (aged 58) Lahore, Sikh Empire (present-day Punjab, Pakistan) Alcoholism, liver failure, stroke 1st Maharaja of the Sikh Empire
Pōmare II 7 December 1821(1821-12-07) (aged 38–39) Motu Uta, Papeete, Tahiti Alcohol-related issues The second king of Tahiti between 1782 and 1821
Béla II of Hungary 13 February 1141(1141-02-13) (aged 31–32) Hungary Alcohol-related issues King of Hungary and Croatia from 1131

The Journal of the American Medical Association defines alcoholism as "a primary, chronic disease characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial."[3] The majority of people in this list died from causes brought on by alcoholism.

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  1. ^ These dates refer to a Thomas George Spenton who could be the same person as they have similar details. Anyone confirm/deny?
  2. ^ Uncredited actors?? - Page 13 - Britmovie
  3. ^ "JAMA – Abstract: The definition of alcoholism. The Joint Committee of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the American Society of Addiction Medicine to Study the Definition and Criteria for the Diagnosis of Alcoholism, August 26, 1992, Morse and Flavin 268 (8): 1012". Retrieved 2008-05-21.