The Doors frontman died on July 3, 1971, at age 27. He was found in a
Paris apartment bathtub. Though no autopsy was performed because the
medical examiner, it's though Morrison was the victim of a heroin
overdose, having insufflated what he believed to be cocaine.
Joplin was discovered at the Landmark Hotel in 1970 on the floor beside
her bed. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, combined
with the effects of alcohol.
The Saturday Night Live star died of a drug overdose in his apartment in
October of 1997. He was 33 years old.
"By 18 I had stopped using cocaine and that's when I got -- got into
pills a little bit and then -- and then I got into heroin," Lionel
Richie's daughter told Ryan Seacrest on CNN in 2005.
Robert F. Kennedy
In 1983, Robert F. Kennedy was arrested in a Rapid City, South Dakota,
airport for heroin possession. A search of his carry-on bag uncovered 182
milligrams of the drug. Then aged 29, he was sentenced to two years
probation. He's reportedly not used drugs since.
The 1980s child star was arrested in 1990 after he was found to be in
possession of heroin.
Katy Perry's ex-husband struggled with heroin addiction early in his
career while working in Britain. He says he's been clean since 2003.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
In 2013, Philip Seymour Hoffman checked in for a 10 day detox after a
relapse -- snorting heroin. He confessed that his drug use had slowly
escalated after a period of using prescription pills and that he only
used heroin for about a week.
In an interview in 2011, the rocker claimed she used heroin -- in the
mid-1990s -- at hard-partying Sheen's Malibu, Calif., mansion. "Tom
Cruise was there and Madonna," Love recounted, though the pair was not
involved in the hijinx. A pal "convinced me to shoot up. 'Come on,
everyone's doing it.' So that's when my whole heroin drama began," she
Robert Downey jr
The Iron Man star was arrested numerous times on drug-related charges
including cocaine, heroin and marijuana possession from 1996 through
2001. At one point, he told a judge that using drugs was "like I've got a
shotgun in my mouth with my finger on the trigger and I like the taste of
the gun metal."
In his autobiography, the bad-boy frontman revealed he was spending
$2,000 a week on heroin, cocaine and alcohol. "I blew 20 million. I
snorted my Porsche, I snorted my plane, I snorted my house in that din of
drugs and booze and being lost," he wrote.
"I have done just about every drug possible: cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and,
my favorite, heroin," Jolie told The Mirror in 1996.
During the early morning hours of October 31, 1993, Phoenix collapsed
outside the Viper Room, a nightclub owned by Johnny Depp on Sunset
Boulevard, from a drug overdose of heroin and cocaine -- known as a
speedball -- further amplified by the administration of diazepam. The
child star's autopsy revealed lethal doses of cocaine and morphine.
Guitarist Jimi Hendrix was arrested in 1969 for possession of heroin, but
he was acquitted of those charges after testifying that the drugs were
planted in his belongings. He died in 1970 of a drug overdose.
Early in his career, Clapton fell in love with Pattie Boyd, who at the
time was married to close friend George Harrison. As a result, he
withdrew from recording and touring and lived in isolation at his Surrey,
England, residence, where he became enmeshed in a world of heroin use.
The MTV reality star was arrested on April 23 in 2013 for heroin
possession and assaulting husband Courtland Rogers. In an interview
before the bust, Jenelle claimed that she'd only used the drug previously
for a month.
Samuel L. Jackson
The Pulp Fiction star overdosed on heroin three times before he realised
it was time to clean up. He checked into rehab in 1991, but not before
putting his family through hell. "The third time I OD'd on heroin I quit
the drug completely. It's too dangerous," he told biographer Jeff Hudson
"I was mad. I was crazed. I was not happy with who I was."
The Saturday Night Live comedian was found dead after suffering a drug
overdose at Hollywood's famed Chateau Marmont hotel on Sunset Boulevard
on March 5, 1982. He'd been staying at the Sunset Strip hotel for about a
week before his death of a heroin and cocaine cocktail.
The Nirvana frontman was found in 1994 at his Lake Washington home by an
electrician who had arrived to install a security system. Though he
killed himself -- a suicide note was found -- a high concentration of
heroin and traces of diazepam were also found in his body.
The partner of INXS rocker Michael Hutchence died of a heroin overdose in
the wake of his death. The coroner ruled that it was not a suicide, but a
result of "foolish and incautious" behavior -- heroin use.
The bassist for the punk rock band Sex Pistols died in his sleep after
partying with heroin the night of his 1979 release from New York's Rikers
Island jail. The dealer of the drug on that fateful night? His mother.
The keyboardist for the Smashing Pumpkins died, age 34. He was the victim
of a mixture of alcohol and a lethal strain of heroin known as Red Rum.
The lead singer of the alternative band Sublime was found dead of a
heroin overdose in a San Francisco motel in 1996 -- just hours before the
group was to perform a sold-out concert.
Cops discovered the founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers dead in
his Hollywood apartment on June 27, 1988. During his autopsy, it was
determined that he had died two days earlier from a heroin overdose.
In 1983, the founding member of the rock band The Pretenders, famous for
their song, I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), was discovered in his bathtub by
his wife following a heroin overdose.
Dee Dee Ramone
Dee Dee Ramone, the founding member, bassist and main songwriter of the
punk rock band the Ramones, died of a heroin overdose. The Los Angeles
coroner established the musician had a long history of heroin abuse.
Authorities found a syringe with "possible drug residue" and five
balloons with "possible drug contents" in the musician's Hollywood
The standup comedian died in 1966 after reportedly overdosing on heroin.
The jazz singer struggled with heroin and alcohol abuse during her
career, including a 1947 arrest for drug possession. She served a year in