List of pop musicians who died of drug overdose

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This is a list of pop musicians who died of drug overdose along with the date, age at time of death, location, and name of drug.

1960s deaths[edit]

Name Age Date Location Drug
Dinah Washington 39 December 14, 1963 Detroit, Michigan, USA Secobarbital and amobarbital[1]
Rudy Lewis
The Drifters
27 May 20, 1964 New York City, New York, USA Heroin[2]
Frankie Lymon
The Teenagers
25 February 27, 1968 New York City, New York, USA Heroin[3]
Dickie Pride 27 March 26, 1969 London, England Drugs[4]

1970s deaths[edit]

Name Age Date Location Drug
Alan Wilson
Canned Heat
27 September 3, 1970 Topanga Canyon, California, USA Barbiturate[5]
Jimi Hendrix
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
27 September 18, 1970 London, England Barbiturate[6]
Janis Joplin 27 October 4, 1970 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[7]
Jim Morrison
The Doors
27 July 3, 1971 Paris, France Suspected heroin[8]
Brian Cole
The Association
29 August 2, 1972 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[9]
Rory Storm 34 28 September 1972 Liverpool, England Alcohol and sleeping pills[10]
Billy Murcia
New York Dolls
21 November 6, 1972 London, England Methaqualone[11]
Danny Whitten
Crazy Horse
29 November 18, 1972 Los Angeles, California, USA Valium and alcohol[12]
Gram Parsons
The Byrds
26 September 19, 1973 Joshua Tree, California, USA Morphine and alcohol[13]
Zeke Zettner
The Stooges
25 November 10, 1973 Heroin[14]
Robbie McIntosh
Average White Band
24 September 23, 1974 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[15]
Nick Drake 26 November 25, 1974 Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England Amitriptyline[16]
Tim Buckley 28 June 29, 1975 Santa Monica, California, USA Heroin, morphine, and alcohol[17]
Gary Thain
Uriah Heep
27 December 8, 1975 Norwood Green, England Heroin[18]
Tommy Bolin
Deep Purple
25 December 4, 1976 Miami, Florida, USA Heroin, cocaine and alcohol[19]
Gregory Herbert
Blood, Sweat & Tears
28 January 31, 1978 Amsterdam, Netherlands Heroin[20]
Keith Moon
The Who
32 September 7, 1978 London, England Heminevrin[21]
Sid Vicious
Sex Pistols
21 February 2, 1979 New York City, New York, USA Heroin[22]
Roy Montrell 51 March 16, 1979 Amsterdam, Netherlands Unknown[23]
Lowell George
Little Feat
34 June 29, 1979 Arlington, Virginia, USA Heroin[24]
Jimmy McCulloch
Wings
26 September 27, 1979 London, England Morphine and alcohol[25]
Judee Sill 35 November 23, 1979 Los Angeles, California, USA Cocaine[26]

1980s deaths[edit]

Name Age Date Location Drug
Bon Scott
AC/DC
33 February 19, 1980 East Dulwich, London, England Alcohol[27]
John Bonham
Led Zeppelin
32 September 25, 1980 Clewer, Berkshire, England Alcohol[28]
Darby Crash
Germs
22 December 7, 1980 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[29]
Tim Hardin 39 December 29, 1980 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[30]
Mike Bloomfield 37 February 15, 1981 San Francisco, California, USA Heroin[31]
John Belushi
The Blues Brothers
33 March 5, 1982 Los Angeles, California, USA Unknown[32]
Lester Bangs 33 April 30, 1982 New York City, New York, USA Darvon, valium and nyquil[33]
James Honeyman-Scott
Pretenders
25 16 June 1982 London, England Cocaine[34]
Pete Farndon
Pretenders
30 April 14, 1983 London, England Heroin[35]
Paul Gardiner
Tubeway Army
25 4 February 1984 Northolt, Middlesex, England Heroin[36]
Esther Phillips 48 August 7, 1984 Carson, California, USA Unknown[37]
Gary Holton
Heavy Metal Kids
33 25 October 1985 London, England Morphine and alcohol[38]
Phil Lynott
Thin Lizzy
36 4 January 1986 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England Heroin[39]
Hollywood Fats
Canned Heat, The Blasters
32 December 8, 1986 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[40]
Paul Butterfield 44 4 May 1987 North Hollywood, California, USA Heroin[41]
Jesse Ed Davis 43 22 June 1988 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin.[42]
Hillel Slovak
Red Hot Chili Peppers
26 June 25, 1988 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[43]
Vincent Crane
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Dexys Midnight Runners
45 February 14, 1989 Westminster, London, England Anadin[44]

1990s deaths[edit]

Name Age Dates Location Drug
Andrew Wood
Mother Love Bone
24 March 19, 1990 Seattle, Washington, USA Heroin[45]
Brent Mydland
Grateful Dead
37 July 26, 1990 Lafayette, California, USA Speedball[46]
Steve Clark
Def Leppard
30 January 8, 1991 London, England Codeine, alcohol, valium and morphine[47]
Johnny Thunders
New York Dolls
38 April 23, 1991 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Cocaine and methadone[48]
David Ruffin
The Temptations
50 June 1, 1991 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Cocaine[49]
Iosu Expósito
Eskorbuto
31 May 31, 1992 Baracaldo, Spain Heroin
GG Allin 36 June 28, 1993 New York City, New York, USA Heroin[50]
Dave Rubinstein
Reagan Youth
29 July 3, 1993 Heroin[51]
Rob "The Bass Thing" Jones
The Wonder Stuff
29 July 31, 1993 New York City, New York, USA Heroin[52]
Kurt Cobain
Nirvana
27 April 5, 1994 Seattle, Washington, USA Suicide while high on heroin[53]
Kristen Pfaff
Hole
27 June 16, 1994 Seattle, Washington, USA Heroin[54]
Dwayne Goettel
Skinny Puppy
31 August 23, 1995 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Heroin[55]
Shannon Hoon
Blind Melon
28 October 21, 1995 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Cocaine[56]
Bradley Nowell
Sublime
28 May 25, 1996 San Francisco, California, USA Heroin[57]
John Kahn
Jerry Garcia Band
48 May 30, 1996 Mill Valley, California, USA Heroin.[58]
Jonathan Melvoin
The Smashing Pumpkins
34 July 12, 1996 New York City, New York, USA Heroin[59]
Billy Mackenzie
Associates
39 22 January 1997 Angus, Scotland Paracetamol[60]
West Arkeen
The Outpatience
36 May 30, 1997 Los Angeles, California, USA Opiate[61]
Nick Traina
Link 80
19 September 20, 1997 Pleasant Hill, California, USA Heroin[62]
John Baker Saunders
Mad Season
44 January 15, 1999 Seattle, Washington, USA Heroin[63]
David McComb
The Triffids
37 2 February 1999 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Heroin[64]
Bobby Sheehan
Blues Traveler
31 August 20, 1999 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Speedball[65]
Erik Brødreskift
Borknagar
29 October 4, 1999 Bergen, Norway Pills[66]
Wes Berggren
Tripping Daisy
28 October 27, 1999 Dallas, Texas, USA Cocaine, propoxyphene, and benzodiazepines[67]

2000s deaths[edit]

Name Age Date Location Drug
Allen Woody
The Allman Brothers Band
44 August 26, 2000 New York City, New York, USA Heroin[68]
Joachim Nielsen 36 October 17, 2000 Oslo, Norway Heroin[69]
Carl Crack
Atari Teenage Riot
30 6 September 2001 Berlin, Germany Pills and alcohol[70]
Zac Foley
EMF
31 January 3, 2002 Camden, New Jersey, USA Unknown[71]
Layne Staley
Alice in Chains
34 April 5, 2002 Seattle, Washington, USA Speedball[72]
Dee Dee Ramone
Ramones
50 June 5, 2002 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[73]
Robbin Crosby
Ratt
42 June 6, 2002 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[74]
John Entwistle
The Who
57 June 27, 2002 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Cocaine[75]
Howie Epstein
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
47 February 23, 2003 Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA Heroin[76]
Jeremy Michael Ward
De Facto
27 May 25, 2003 Los Angeles, California, USA Heroin[77]
Tim Hemensley
GOD
31 July 21, 2003 Heroin[78]
Bobby Hatfield
The Righteous Brothers
63 November 3, 2003 Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA Cocaine[79]
Dave Schulthise
The Dead Milkmen
47 March 10, 2004 North Salem, New York, USA Pills[80]
Robert Quine 61 May 31, 2004 New York City, New York, USA Heroin[81]
Rick James 56 August 6, 2004 Los Angeles, California, USA Assorted[82]
Kevin DuBrow
Quiet Riot
52 November 19, 2007 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Cocaine[83]
Ike Turner 76 December 12, 2007 San Marcos, California, USA Cocaine[84]
Sean Costello 28 April 15, 2008 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Unknown[85]
Gidget Gein
Marilyn Manson
39 October 9, 2008 Burbank, California, USA Heroin[86]
Jay Bennett
Wilco
45 May 24, 2009 Urbana, Illinois, USA Fentanyl[87]
Michael Jackson 50 June 25, 2009 Los Angeles, California, USA Propofol and benzodiazepine[88]
Vic Chesnutt 45 December 25, 2009 Athens, Georgia, USA Muscle relaxant[89]
The Rev
Avenged Sevenfold, Pinkly Smooth, Suburban Legends
28 December 28, 2009 Huntington Beach, California, USA Unknown[90]

2010s deaths[edit]

Name Age Date Location Drug
Jay Reatard 29 January 13, 2010 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Cocaine[91]
Paul Gray
Slipknot
38 May 24, 2010 Urbandale, Iowa, USA Morphine and fentanyl[92]
Gerry Rafferty 63 January 4, 2011 Stroud, Gloucestershire, England Alcohol
Mike Starr
Alice in Chains
44 March 8, 2011 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Methadone and anxiolytic[93]
Amy Winehouse 27 July 23, 2011 London, England Alcohol[94]
Jani Lane
Warrant
47 August 11, 2011 Woodland Hills, California, USA Alcohol[95]
Mikey Welsh
Weezer
40 October 8, 2011 Chicago, Illinois, USA Heroin[96]
Whitney Houston 48 February 11, 2012 Beverly Hills, California, USA Cocaine[97]
Tony Sly
No Use for a Name
41 July 31, 2012 Unknown[98]
Jason Molina 39 March 16, 2013 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Alcohol[99]
Chris Kelly
Kris Kross
34 May 1, 2013 Atlanta, Georgia, USA Cocaine and heroin[100]
Dave Brockie
Gwar
50 March 23, 2014 Richmond, Virginia, USA Heroin[101]
Jimi Jamison
Survivor
63 September 1, 2014 Memphis, Tennessee, USA Methamphetamine[102]
Wayne Static
Static-X
48 November 1, 2014 Landers, California, USA Oxycodone, dilaudid, alcohol[103]
Scott Weiland
Stone Temple Pilots
48 December 3, 2015 Bloomington, Minnesota, USA Cocaine[104]
Prince 57 April 21, 2016 Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA Fentanyl[105]
Lil Peep 21 November 15, 2017 Tucson, Arizona, USA Fentanyl and alprazolam[106]
Tom Petty 66 October 2, 2017 Santa Monica, California, USA Fentanyl and oxycodone[107]
Mac Miller 26 September 7, 2018 Los Angeles, California, USA

See also[edit]

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