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7 Heartbreaking Drug Overdose Deaths: Prince, Chyna & Other Stars Who Died From Drugs

Update Date: Apr 24, 2016 08:35 PM EDT

The entertainment world has been plagued with death news as of late which included pop star Prince and former WWE star Chyna.

But news about such has no longer been surprising in the world of showbiz. Each year, word about people succumbing to drug overdose has somehow become expected despite best efforts of some to avoid or at least try to reform.

Prince (known in real life as Prince Rogers Nelson) still comes a shock particularly he was still seen up and about last Wednesday. The music legend was found responsive the day after in an elevator and paramedics were unable to revive the pop icon per CNN.

Suicide has been ruled out but drug overdose is suspect for Prince. Apparently he had a history of spending largely on drugs (Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl) as revealed by a former drug dealer via the Daily Mail.

Prior to that, it was actress and former WWE star Chyna (Joanie Laurer) who shocked the world when word came out that the “Ninth Wonder of the World” was also found unresponsive via TMZ. Though there were some meds found at her apartment in Redondo Beach, CA, none were found to be illegal.

Through the years, a lot of stars have fell prey to drugs. Here are some of the popular names that went too soon no thanks to drugs.

  1.  Michael Jackson. The legendary pop icon died in 2009 due to cardiac arrest as a result of taking in Propofol and benzodiazepine. He was 50 at the time of his death.
  2. Whitney Houston. Another heartbreaking loss was Houston who died of drowning at her tub with complications involving cocaine and heart disease in 2012. She was 48.
  3. Heath Ledger. Known to many as the man who probably portrayed the best “Joker” among Batman films, Ledger died in 2008 died of drug toxicity (oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam, diazepam, temazepam, and doxylamine) He was only 28.
  4. Anna Nicole Smith. Sexy model and actress Anna Nicole died of drug toxicity complications back in 2007 at the age of 40. Her death was a result of complications brought about by chloral hydrate and benzodiazepines.
  5. Eddie Guerrero. One of the loved characters in the WWE, Guerrero died in 2005 at the age of 38 due to cardiomyopathy with possible use of anabolic steroids.
  6. Bruce Lee. One Asian who was on the rise to fame, mixed martial artist Bruce Lee died of a cerebral coma due to meprobramate and aspirin back in 1973. He was only 32.
  7. Elvis Presley. Another legendary music icon, Elvis died in 1977 at 42 due to multiple prescriptions that include methaqualone, codeine, barbiturates and cocaine which may have worsened his cause of death which was heart arrhythmia.

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