Here’s a list of celebrities who have died young and the cause of their death.

Sid Vicious, 21, heroin overdose in 1979. On the evening of 1 February 1979, a small gathering to celebrate Sid’s having made bail was held at the 63 Bank St. New York Apartment of his new girlfriend, Michele Robison.Vicious was clean, having been on a detoxification methadone program detoxed from heroin during his time at Rikers Island.However, at the dinner gathering, his mother (who was once a registered addict herself) had some heroin delivered, against the wishes of Sid’s girlfriend.Vicious overdosed at midnight that night but everyone who was there that night worked together to get him up and walking around in order to revive him.At 3am Sid and Michele Robison went to bed together. Vicious was discovered dead late the next morning.

Heath Ledger, 28, died from a drug overdose at his New York apartment in 2008. He was killed by a deadly combination of FDA-approved medications prescribed to him by his doctors. The drugs found in Ledger’s system were OxyContin (a painkiller), Valium, Xanax (an antidepressant), Restoril, Unisom and Vicodin. This toxicology report ends any speculation that Ledger might have been killed by taking recreational drugs. The cause of death is now clearly FDA-approved pharmaceuticals.

Kurt Cobain, 28, self-inflicted gun shot wound in 1994. Advocates of the verdict (death by self-inflicted gunshot wound) cite Cobain’s persistent drug addiction, clinical depression, and handwritten suicide note as conclusive proof. Members of Cobain’s family have also noted patterns of depression and instability in Kurt before he achieved fame. Cobain himself mentioned that his stomach pains from an undiagnosed stomach condition during Nirvana’s 1991 European tour were so severe, he became suicidal and stated that taking heroin was “[his] choice”, stating “This is the only thing that’s saving me from blowing my head off right now”.

Jimmy Hendrix, 28, drug and alcohol overdose in 1970. The cause of death noted on the coroner’s report was inhalation of vomit after barbiturate intoxication.


Janis Joplin, 27, heroin overdose in 1970. Inside room 105 of the  Landmark Hotel, Hollywood, she shot up her last fix of heroin. She returned to the hotel lobby to get change for a five dollar bill, for cigarettes. She chatted casually with the hotel clerk, who later said she seemed perfectly natural (and he didn’t know who she was). When she returned to her room, she collapsed beside the bed, almost breaking her nose. She was wedged against a bedside table, with a cigarette in her hand.



Jim Morrison, 27, heroin overdose. The official death certificate states he died in the bath of “natural causes” but a close friend of Morrison, Sam Bernett, Morrison died of a massive heroin overdose in the toilet of a nightclub he was managing, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus on the French capital’s fabled Left Bank. Bernett, 62, a French-born former New York Times journalist, claims the death was then covered up by two drug dealers who transferred Morrison’s body from the club to the singer’s apartment and dumped it in the bath. Bernett was then warned by the club’s owners never to tell anybody about what he had seen.

  John Belushi, 33 – Died as a result of a SPEEDBALL – overdosing on cocaine and heroin – at the Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, in 1982. On the night of his death, he was visited separately by friends Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, each of whom left the premises, leaving Belushi in the company of assorted others.

 River Phoenix ,23 – Died from an overdose of cocaine and heroin outside the Viper Room , Los Angeles, in 1993.On the eve of halloween in 1993, Phoenix would join his friends at Johnny Depp’s club, The Viper Room, at 8852 Sunset Boulevard. It was about 1:00 am, Phoenix was in the bathroom of the club doing some drugs with several of his drug dealer friends, when one of them would offer him a hit of heroin. It was pure-grade Persion brown. Almost immediately after snorting the heroin, Phoenix would begin trembling and shaking violently. He then turned to one of his friends and vomited. Another of his friends decided it would be a good ideas to give him a valium to calm him down.Upon complaining that he could not breathe, Phoenix passed out. When he awakened, he begged his friends to take him outside the club where he quickly fell to the sidewalk and went into seizures.It was now 1:14 am and Phoenix had gone into full cardiac arrest. Paramedics would arrive and medic Ray Ribar of the L.A. County Fire Department began administering CPR. Phoenix was immediately rushed to Cedars Sinai Medical Center and arrived at 1:34 am. As they reached the hospital, his skin was blue, but his body was still warm. The emergency room doctors tried everything to resuscitate the actor, but he was pronounced dead at 1:51 am on October 31, 1993. River Phoenix’s autopsy showed deadly levels of cocaine and morphine (heroin shows up as morphine, as it’s metabolized by the body), Valium, marijuana and ephedrine. Ephedrine is the main ingredient found in crystal meth. Official cause of death was Acute multiple drug ingestion. River Phoenix was just 23 years old.

 Marilyn Monroe, 36, drug overdose, 1962. She was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood  home by her psychoanalyst Ralph S. Greenson after he was called by Monroe’s housekeeper on August 5, 1962.She was 36 years old at the time of her death. Her death was ruled to be “acute barbiturate  poisoning” by Dr. Thomas Noguchi of the Los Angeles County Coroners office and listed as “probable suicide”. Many individuals,believe that she was murdered. No murder charges were ever filed. The death of Marilyn Monroe has since become one of the most debated conspiracy theories.

In the modest home in Brentwood, Sgt, Clemmons would find Dr. Engleberg accompanied by Eunice, her maid and at least one other individual who all led him to Marilyn’s bedroom. He saw Marilyn’s nude body sprawled face down and positioned diagonally across her bed, her left hand touching the telephone on the nightstand. Next to the telephone were several (some reports say as many as 10-14) empty prescription pill bottles including one that contained several capsules of Nembutal and chloral hydrate. Sgt. Clemmons noticed that Marilyn’s body was in an advanced state of rigor mortis which meant it had been dead for several hours. Upon further questioning, it was revealed by Eunice that she noticed Marilyn’s locked door sometime after midnight. Upon receiving no answer after several knocks, Eunice would become concerned and call Dr. Engleberg who was subsequently unable to arouse Marilyn by knocking on the door. The pair would then go around outside and peek in through her window. Only after breaking the window with a fireplace poker were they able to gain entry into Marilyn’s bedroom. But it was too late. The 36 year-old actress was already dead.

Among some of the oddities surrounding Marilyn’s death are some facts about the drugs she supposedly took and the reaction those drugs have inside the body. Head coroner Dr. Theodore Curphey would corroborate Noguchi’s story that Marilyn died from a drug overdose of Nembutal and chloral hydrate. He estimated that Marilyn had taken at least 50 pills at once, in spite of the fact that there was no water around! Another curiosity was with the type of drugs Marilyn had supposedly ingested. Nembutal capsules, when digested, leave a yellow discoloration on the lining of the intestine. But there was no such discoloration noted in Marilyn’s autopsy. In fact, no partially digested capsules even existed in her digestive tract. Seems like on top of everything else, the autopsy was botched! Also, the “official” death certificate listed the cause of death as “probable suicide” with the word “probable” inscribed in pencil.  

 Tupac Shakur- 25, shot to death, September 7th, 1996.  Approx. 11:15 pm –On Flamingo Road, near the intersection of Koval Lane, a white 4-door cadillac with California plates rolls up to the passenger side of the BMW ( where Tupac was seated on the passenger side and Suge Knight was driving). According to one witness, two men got out of the Cadillac and fire 13 rounds from a Glock .40 caliber handgun at the BMW from less than 13 feet away. Tupac Shakur, sitting in the passenger side of the car, is hit three times, one striking his hip, another his right hand, with the fatal wound to his chest. According to the witness, Tupac Shakur attempts to jump into the back seat of the car as he is being shot but Suge pulls him down into the seat. Two tires are punctured in the barrage of gunfire. Knight suffers a minor wound to his head or neck. Suge turns to Tupac and asks “Are you OK Pac?” Tupac Shakur, after seeing blood on Knight’s head says, “Me? You’re the one shot in the mutha-fuckin’ head!”11:16pm: Knight makes a U-turn on Flamingo, races west to Las Vegas Boulevard, makes a left turn. After encountering heavy traffic on the strip Knight’s car hits the median blowing out a third tire and comes to a stop near the intersection of Harmon Avenue.
11:16 – 11:20pm: Up to 20 police officers arrive at the scene
Approx. 11:30pm: An ambulance arrives and whisks Tupac Shakur and Knight to University Medical Center. As Tupac is being removed from the vehicle he repeats, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”
September 13, 1996; 4:03pm: Tupac Shakur dies from his wounds six days after being placed into a medically induced coma.

James Dean,24 – Killed in a car crash in 1955. 

Brittany Murphy, 32,the star of “Clueless” and “8 Mile,” died from pneumonia, with prescription drugs and anemia also playing a role, a coroner’s official said.

Notorious B.I.G, 24, shot to death

Aaliyah, 22, died in a plane crash. 

Bruce Lee, 32,died from acute swelling of the brain, due to his hypersensitivity to aspirin in 1973.

Brandon Lee (28) – Tragically shot and killed when a stunt when wrong whilst filming The Crow, in 1993.

John Lennon, 40, shot to death in 1980.

Marvin Gaye, 44, shot to death in 1984.

Freddie Mercury, 45, AIDS, 1991.

Elvis Presley, 42, heart attack, 1977.

Princess Diana, 36, car accident, 1997.

Anna Nicole Smith, 39, drug overdose, 2007.

John. F. Kennedy, 46, shot to death in 1963.

John. F. Kennedy Jr., 38, plane crash in 1999.

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