15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Died From Drug Abuse or Overdose

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7. Peter Farndon

A founding member of the Pretenders, Farndon played bass with the group and sang backup vocals. His heroin addiction led to his dismissal from the group in 1982. He later died of a heroin overdose in 1983 after his girlfriend found his body drowned in the bathtub. As a performer, Chrissie Hynde recalled, “Pete was fantastic … he had real heart, like in boxing terms, he could win the fight on heart alone. And he had a great energy, born of a kind of desperation.”

8. Glenn Quinn

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Quinn got his break as Mark Healy on the sitcom Roseanne. In 1991, Quinn had his first major role in a movie, Shout, which starred John Travolta and in which he shared an on-screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow in her debut film. He also acted in nine episodes of Angel, the spin-off series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In 2002, he was found dead at the age of 32, and the official cause of death was a heroin overdose.

9. Bam Bam Bigelow

The professional wrestler was featured during his career in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), the original Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) promotion, and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He was recognizable by his size of nearly 390 pounds and a distinctive flame tattoo that spanned most of his bald head. Bigelow, also known by the nickname “The Beast from the East,” was found dead in his in Hudson, Florida home on the morning of January 19, 2007. Autopsy results showed that Bigelow’s death was due to multiple drug intoxication, including levels of cocaine and Xanax.

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