Top 10 most shocking celebrity overdoses

Hollywood and the music industry have a reputation for being over the top and glitzy. It is the lifestyle that many dream. We see how Hollywood lives on show likes Entourage and get a glimpse into the music industry with shows like The Voice. Fame isn’t all lights, camera action though; it also has a dark side. Many celebrities who are famous on screen and off struggle with addictions, from drugs to alcohol, many fans are not aware of what happens when the celebrity is not working.

It often comes as shock when the news breaks about a celebrity passing but when the news is followed by an upsetting reason for the death, it hits harder. Fans are still mourning the loss of Hollywood giants like Judy Garland and actors like Heath Ledger who passed before he was in his acting prime.

Image courtesy of is counting down the top ten most shocking celebrity overdoes. From rock ‘n’ roll to movie stars, many fans miss their talent. Comment below and add your favorite memories of celebrities who passed away before their prime.

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10. Bradley Nowell

Bradley Nowell was the lead singer and guitarist for the hit rock ‘n’ roll group Sublime. The band had just released their first debut album when Nowell was found dead as a result of a heroin addiction.

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9. Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy was featured in a variety of popular comedies including films like Clueless and Little Black Book. The actress died back in December of 2009, shocking many devoted fans. Murphy passed away from a drug overdose.

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8. Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin passed away at the age of 27 from a heroin overdose and an overdose of alcohol. She was known for being a trailblazer for women in rock ‘n’ roll and is still a music legend to this day.

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7. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe is a Hollywood and style icon. Monroe was a model, actress and all around entertainer. Her presence and style lives on today. Unfortunately, Monroe died in 1962 as a result of a drug overdose of barbiturates.

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6. Corey Haim

Back in the 1980s Corey Haim was a major actor and instant heartthrob with a devoted fan base. Haim passed away in 2010 and was most well known for his role in The Lost Boys.

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5. Judy Garland

Judy Garland was best known for her role in The Wizard of Oz. Oz has become one of the most beloved feature films of all times. Garland passed away back in 1969 as a result of a drug overdose. The world mourned her passing and fans still get to see her world turn from black and white to color every time they watch the Wizard of Oz.

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4. Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain, the lead singer of Nirvana, created musical history from the moment he picked up a guitar. Fans are still mourning his loss and his presence is felt in rock 'n' roll today.

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3. Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman is a well-known Oscar winning actor, who starred in roles such as Captoe and most recently in the Hunger Games franchise. At the age of 46 Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment. His passing shocked the world and fans. They did not know just how much of a struggle Hoffman had with addiction.

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2. Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was a musical genius and is still influencing the music industry in 2014. Hendrix was taken from his fans too soon when the guitar master passed away on September 18, 1970 because of a drug overdose. Hendrix was 28 years old when he died.

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1. Heath Ledger

The passing of Heath Ledger shocked the world. Ledger passed away in 2008, only months before his Oscar winning role as the Joker in The Dark Knight debuted on screens around the world. Ledger had a promising acting career ahead of him and was loved by fans all around the world.

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