5 Celebrities Who Died of Overdose

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The jet-setting lifestyles we see in the glamour pages of so many celebrities often have a dark side to them. Here we remember 5 celebrities that tragically passed away from a drug overdose.

The jet-setting lifestyles we see in the glamour pages of so many celebrities often have a dark side to them. Here we remember 5 celebrities that tragically passed away from a drug overdose.

Number 5 – In 2008, ‘The Joker’ actor Heath Ledger died from a lethal mix of sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs and painkillers. The medical examiner concluded the manner of his death was an accident attributed to the abuse of prescription medications.

Number 4 – The beloved pop singer Michael Jackson died in June of 2009 due to a lethal dose of the intravenous sedative, propofol. The drug is typically used as a surgical anesthetic. Although Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for treating the singer with the drug, Murray maintains he did not administer the final dose.

Number 3 – Marilyn Monroe’s death in 1962 is still the center of controversy today. While some believe she committed suicide, others think her death was related to murder and a political sex scandal. What is known for sure is that she was found naked in her bed with an empty bottle of sleeping pills by her side. The official cause of death was ruled as a Barbiturate overdose.

Number 2 – Former Playmate Anna Nicole Smith passed away in her hotel room in 2007 following an accidental overdose. The 39-year-old had nine different prescription medications in her system. Although the levels were low, the combined effects of the pills proved to be fatal.

Number 1 – Oscar winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was recently discovered deceased in his Manhattan apartment bathroom by a friend with a needle protruding out of his arm. Police believe it contained heroin, and are investigating if he obtained a bad batch laced with fentanyl, an opiate often used for cancer patients.

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