List of artists who died of drug-related causes

Many people believe that artists stand a higher chance of suffering and dying from drug overdoses and related health issues than the rest of the population. Evidence supporting this has been controversial, and many believe that there is little or no connection. This is a list of artists who died from drug overdoses, drug abuse–related illnesses, and accidents caused largely by intoxication. (Deaths caused by alcohol and caffeine are included.)

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  • Nick Adams - actor
  • Dave Alexander - of The Stooges
  • Rick Allen - of Asylum
  • G.G. Allin - punk musician, heroin
  • West Arkeen - of Outpatience, and songwriter, heroin
  • Howard Arkley - painter
  • Arlus - of the Blunt Stitches

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  • Dalida - singer, barbiturates
  • Dorothy Dandridge - actress, singer
  • Jesse Ed Davis - guitarist, session musician, heroin
  • Jeanine Deckers - the Singing Nun
  • Sheik Sayid Darwish, Egyptian composer and father of Arab popular music, cocaine
  • Rick Dey - of the Vejtables, February Sunshine, the Wilde Knights and the Merry-Go-Round
  • DJ Screw - musician, codeine
  • Tommy Dorsey - jazz musician and bandleader, choked to death while sleeping with the aid of drugs
  • John Dougherty - of Flipper
  • Nick Drake - musician

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