Phillip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose on February 2, 2014; he’d been sober 23 years before relapsing with fatal results.
Heath Ledger dead of prescription drug overdose.
R & B singer Vesta Williams died of a possible drug overdose.
New York Rangers hockey player Derek Boogaard died of an overdose of oxycodone and alcohol.
Former Olympic sprinter and Track coach Antonio Pettigrew overdosed on sleeping pills and allergy medications.
Comedian Greg Giraldo suffered reported drug overdose.
DJ AM, celebrity disc jockey, found dead with crack pipe and unspecified prescription drugs nearby.
Rapper Pimp C dies of overdose of codeine cough syrup.
Jockey Michael Baze, who’d been arrested for drunk driving and possession of cocaine, found dead in his car.
Artist Dash Snow dies in hotel room with evidence of alcohol and heroin abuse.
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