Entertainers and other high-profile individuals who died as a result of a Heroin overdose should stand as a reminder of the dangers of this drug.

It can kill anyone, anytime, anywhere -rich or poor, black or white, famous or infamous. Here is a capsule review of those creative individuals we have lost as a result of heroin overdose.


Sid Vicious -Bassist for the groundbreaking punk band The Sex Pistols died of an overdose shortly after being released from prison, where he was being held in connection with the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.


Kurt Cobain -Technically, the Nirvana front-man committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot, but few doubt the influence his heroin addiction had on his state of mind. Cobain was clinically depressed, and the heroin would never have allowed him to see things clearly and seek help. As a result, he took his own life because he saw it as the only way out.


River Phoenix -In 1993, the promising young actor died from an overdose of a mixture of cocaine and heroin (also known as a “speedball”) out The Viper Room in Los Angeles.


Jim Morrison -The lead singer of the seminal rock band The Doors moved to Paris after the band’s long run of success wound down. In 1971 he died in his bathtub of a heart attack triggered by an overdose of heroin.


Janis Joplin -One of the greatest female folk-rock singers of all-time, Joplin died of a heroin overdose in Los Angeles after a long battle with the drug. A battle that was complicated further by the singer’s addiction to alcohol.


John Belushi -Perhaps the greatest comic voice of his generation, Belushi died at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles as a result of a speedball injection of heroin and cocaine.


Brad Renfro — Another young actor who, like River Phoenix, was on the verge of making his mark in Hollywood, Renfro died from accidental overdose of a mixture of heroin and morphine.


Paula Yates -British TV show host and ex-wife of Live Aid founder Bob Geldof, Yates died of a heroin overdose and left her young children without a mother in the process.


Michael’s House understands that heroin addiction is a serious problem -and one that can strike absolutely anyone in our society. Those who seek drug treatment at Michael’s House are all treated with kindness and care.

You don’t have to be famous to receive quality care at Michael’s House, just committed to turning your life around and breaking the cycle of addiction.