Famous people who died from overdosing

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Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn't the first celebrity to die from suspected overdosing. Click or swipe through the gallery for a look at 25 others. See gallery

U.S. actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on Feb. 2, 2014, in the bathroom of his New York apartment. There was a syringe in his arm and plastic envelopes of heroin nearby. The exact cause of death has yet to be established.

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Diana Barrymore

Actress Diana Barrymore, aunt of Drew Barrymore, died from an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills on Jan. 25, 1960.

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Darrell Porter

St. Louis Cardinals' catcher Darrell Porter died on Aug. 5, 2002, of "toxic effects of cocaine," which caused his heart to stop. His body was found outside his car near his home in Sugar Creek, Missouri.

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Dee Dee Ramone

Dee Dee Ramone, songwriter and bassist for punk band The Ramones, died on June 5, 2002, from a heroin overdose. His wife discovered his body in their home in Hollywood.

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Eric Show

San Diego Padres pitcher Eric Show checked out of a drug rehabilitation center on March 14, 1994, after a month-long stay. He called the center the next night and admitted to having used alcohol, heroin and cocaine. He asked to come back for more treatment, but was found dead in his room at the facility the next morning.

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Len Bias

Len Bias, a star basketball player for the University of Maryland, never went pro. Two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1986, Bias was found dead in his dorm room. An autopsy showed he died of a cocaine overdose during a party to celebrate his success.

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Chris Farley

Comedian Chris Farley, who found fame as a "Saturday Night Live" cast member, died on Dec. 18, 1997, from an overdose of morphine and cocaine.

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Heath Ledger

Actor Heath Ledger died on Jan. 22, 2008. The New York City medical examiner said his death was the result of the combined effects of oxycodone, hydrocodone and four other drugs.

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Amy Winehouse

After years of abusing drugs and alcohol, British singer Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011. Her body was found by her bodyguard in her London residence.

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John Belushi

Actor John Belushi, an original "Saturday Night Live" cast member, was found dead on March 5, 1982, from an overdose of heroin and cocaine.

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Derek Boogaard

NHL star Derek Boogaard died on May 13, 2011. An autopsy found the cause of death was an accidental overdose of alcohol and oxycodone. His death raised questions about how the NHL deals with addiction and health issues related to concussions.

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Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith found fame as a "Playboy" model — and for her highly-publicized marriage to businessman J. Howard Marshall, who was more than 60 years her senior. She died in Florida on Feb. 8, 2007, of an accidental drug overdose caused by mixing medications.

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Janis Joplin

Rock legend Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at a Los Angeles hotel on Oct. 8, 1970. Some say she was given heroin that was far more potent than usual.

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Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison died on July 3. 1971. There was no autopsy, but it is widely believed that Morrison died of a hemorrhage after snorting heroin.

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Cory Monteith

Cory Monteith, who played heart throb Finn Hudson in the Fox hit "Glee," was found dead in a Vancouver B.C. hotel room on July 13, 2013. The 31-year-old died of  alcohol and drug overdosing.

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Michael Jackson

Pop star Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009 at his Los Angeles mansion. The drugs caused cardiac arrest.

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Marilyn Monroe

Movie star Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in 1962, when she was 36 years old. The Los Angeles County Coroners office recorded her cause of death as "acute barbiturate poisoning," resulting from a "probable suicide." Her death has become a hotly-contested Hollywood legend, with some suggesting she was murdered.

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Curt Hennig

'"Mr Perfect" Curt Hennig, a professional wrestler and commentator, died in Florida on Feb. 10, 2003, of acute cocaine intoxication. Family members said he also used steroids and painkillers.

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Lenny Bruce

Comedian Lenny Bruce died on Aug. 3, 1966 of acute morphine poisoning, the result of an accidental overdose. He was discovered lying on the floor of a bathroom in his Los Angeles home, next to a syringe and other drug paraphernalia.

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Jimi Hendrix

Music legend Jimi Hendrix died at age 27, on Sept. 18, 1970, in a London apartment. Investigators believe he mixed sleeping pills and wine, then died of asphyxia after vomiting.

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Sid Vicious

The Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious died on Feb. 2, 1979, of acute intravenous narcotism. His death resulted from a fatal dose of heroin. The musician once said in an interview: "I'll probably die by the time I reach 25, but I'll have lived the way I wanted to."

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Dana Plato

Actress Dana Plato, known for appearing on the TV show "Diff'rent Strokes," died on May 8, 1999, from an overdose of the painkiller Lortab and the muscle-relaxant Soma. Investigators believe her death was a suicide.

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Judy Garland

Singer and actress Judy Garland died on June 22, 1969, from an overdose of barbiturates. She was discovered in the bathroom of her rented home in London, and her death was ruled to be accidental.

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Whitney Houston

Singer Whitney Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012, in a bathtub at a Beverly Hills hotel. The Los Angeles County coroner's office reported the cause of Houston's death was drowning caused by the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use."

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River Phoenix

Actor River Phoenix died at age 23, on Oct. 31, 1993, from a drug overdose outside a nightclub in Los Angeles.

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Ken Caminiti

Houston Astros third baseman Ken Caminiti died of a cocaine and heroin drug overdose on October 10, 2004. He was visiting a friend in New York at the time, and collapsed on the floor after coming out of a bathroom.

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