25 Rock Stars Who Died Due to Drug Overdoses

February 23, 2011

It’s an occupational hazard: if you’re a rock star you have a far higher chance of dying of a drug overdose than the rest of the public. Alcohol overdose, cocaine overdose, heroin overdose and prescription drug overdose are the most common among the rocker set.

Food for thought: the average age of death for the rock stars listed below is 29. The average age of death for Americans is almost 76.

1. Frankie Lymon of The Teenagers died of a drug overdose in 1968 when he was 25.

2. Jim Morrison of The Doors died of a heroin overdose in Paris when he was 27 years old.

3. Tim Hardin died in 1980 when he was 39 of a drug overdose.

4. Brian Cole of Association died of a drug overdose in 1972 when he was 28.

5. Jimi Hendrix also died in 1970 when he was 27 years old of a drug overdose.

6. GG Allin died of a drug overdose in 1993 when he was 36.

7. Janice Joplin, another rock star who passed at the age of 27, died of an overdose in a hotel room in 1970.

8. Helno of Les Negresses Vertes died in 1993 of a drug overdose when he was 29.

9. Keith Moon of The Who died of a drug overdose in 1978 when she was 32.

10. Brad Nowell of Sublime died in 1996 of a heroin overdose when he was 28.

11. Gregory Herbert of Blood, Sweat and Tears died of a drug overdose when he was 28 in 1978.

12. Mike Bloomfield died of a drug overdose in 1981 when he was 37.

13. Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon died in 1995 when he was 28 of a drug overdose.

14. Tim Buckley died of a drug overdose at the age of 28 in 1975.

15. Bill Murcia of the New York Dolls died when he was only 21 in 1972.

16. Miss Christine of the GTO’s died of a drug overdose in 1972.

17. Tommy Bolin of the band Deep Purple died in 1976 of a drug overdose when he was 25.

18. Steve Clark of Def Leppard died in 1991 at the age of 30 of an overdose.

19. Robbie McIntosh of Average White Band died of a drug overdose when he was 23 in 1974.

20. Dimwit of DOA died of a drug overdose in 1994.

21. Brent Mydland of the Grateful Dead died of a drug overdose in 1990 when he was 38.

22. Pete Farndon of the Pretenders died of a drug overdose in 1983 when he was 30.

23. James Honeyman-Scott was another member of the Pretenders who died of a drug overdose. He died in 1982 when he was 25.

24. John Bonham of Led Zeppelin died in 1980 when he was 32 of an overdose.

25. Dwayne Goettel of Skinny Puppy died of a drug overdose in 1995 when he was 31.

  1. Nansee January 10, 2013

    You have missed so many other tragic, heartbreaking and maddening deaths from some of the best musicians who made a huge impact in the world the short time they graced the earth. Layne Staley of AIC, died in April 2002 of a speedball overdose. He died alone, and his body wasn’t discovered for two weeks. At last he is at peace.