Celebrity Overdoses: List Of Deaths By Year

celebrity deaths: Tom Petty and Bobbi Kristina Brown

Celebrities Who Died in 2017

Tom Petty

At age 66, a famous musician and actor, Tom Petty died from an accidental drug overdose. His death was caused by drug toxicity. Tom Petty’s overdose was caused by fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl. He died on October 2, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. 

U.S. overdose deaths in 2017

Chuck Mosley

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Musician and frontman of rock band Faith No More, Chuck Mosley lost his life. The singer died from addiction-related causes which led to an accidental heroin overdose. He died at age 57.

Lil Peep

lil peep overdose

Lil Peep was a modern American musician and rapper. The rapper died from an accidental drug overdose.The exact cause of death was an accidental overdose on Fentanyl, Xanax, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Oxycodone and Oxymorphone in his system. Lil Peep died at age 21.

Famous Deaths in 2016


Prince, a famous musician died at age 57. The death of Prince was due to an accidental drug overdose on fentanyl.



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Professional wrestler, Chyna passed away from an accidental overdose on prescription drugs. She was 46 at the time of her death.

Axl Rotten

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Axl Rotten, another professional Wrestler who died at age 44. His death was due to an unintentional heroin overdose.

Marek Svatos

Marek Svatos was a professional ice hockey player that died at 34 years young. His death is said to be caused by an accident overdose on codeine, morphine and alprazolam.

Amber Rayne

amber rayne overdose

Amber Rayne an actress who passed away at age 31. Her death resulted from an accidental cocaine overdose.

Roger Hobbs

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Roger Hobbs was an award-winning American writer. He died from an accidental drug overdose at age 28.

Jose Fernandez

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Professional Baseball Pitcher, Jose Fernandez died at 24 in a boating accident while intoxicated. Fernandez was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine at the time of the incident.

Celebrity Overdoses in 2015

Scott Weiland

Musician, Scott Weiland died from overdose at age 48. He passed away after consuming a toxic amount of multiple substances. Weilands accident overdose occurred with ethanol, cocaine, and 3,4-Methylenedioxyamphetamine in his system.


Amanda Peterson

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American actress, Amanda Peterson died at age 43. Her cause of death was reported as an accidental morphine overdose.

Harris Wittels

harris wittels overdose

Harris Wittels was an American comedian. He died at 30 years old from an accidental heroin overdose.

Toby Sheldon

Toby Sheldon also known as Tobias Strebel is a reality TV star and a German songwriter. This star died at 35 years old. Toby Sheldon cause of death was an accidental overdose. He overdosed on multiple drugs including Hydrocodone/paracetamol, alprazolam, alcohol and temazepam.

Tyler Sash

tyler sash nfl overdose

Tyler Sash, American NFL football player died from an overdose at 27 years old. His accidental drug overdose was caused by consuming the prescription painkiller hydrocodone and methadone.

Tommy Hanson

tommy hanson accidential overdose

Tommy Hanson, MLB professional and American baseball pitcher died at the age of 29. He played for the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves prior to his death. Hanson died from an accidental cocaine and alcohol overdose.

Bobbi Kristina Brown

bobbi kristina brown overdose

The daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown died in 2015. Following her parents fame, she was a reality TV star and media personality. The young star died at 22 years old. Her death was due to drowning while intoxicated on multiple substances. She was under the influence of marijuana, alcohol and an unspecified anti-anxiety medication at the time.

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  • Scholl L, Seth P, Kariisa M, Wilson N, Baldwin G. Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;67:1419–1427. DOI: icon.

About the author

Dr. Michael Carlton, MD.

Leading addictionologist, Michael Carlton, M.D. has over 25 years of experience as a medical practitioner. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and returned for his MD from the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona in 1990. He completed his dual residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and his Fellowship in Toxicology at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

He has published articles in the fields of toxicology and biomedicine, crafted articles for WebMD, and lectured to his peers on medication-assisted treatment. Dr. Carlton was a medical director of Community Bridges and medically supervised the medical detoxification of over 30,000 chemically dependent patients annually.

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