Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison are not the only famous musicians who overdosed on heroin and other drugs. There are many more notable dead musicians who lived wild and interesting lives, and this is typically why they are dead. Laying face down in a puddle of your own vomit may sound like a wild and morbidly interesting way to check out, but on second thought it’s just kind of a bummer. Unlike these legends, we’ll  just stick to the sex and rock n’ roll.

GG Allin

Famous Musicians Who Overdosed

GG Allin was the nickname for Kevin Michael Allin, a punk musician known for crazy and hateful lyrics and even crazier antics on stage. GG Allin went to jail more than 60 times during his concerts for sexually abusing audience members, defacating on stage, eating feces, sticking the microphone up his butt, starting riots and other delightful crowd pleasers. GG Allin died from a heroin overdose while hanging with his buddy, Johnny Puke. The original name on his birth certificate was Jesus Christ Allen before his mother sent him to kindergarten under the name Kevin in 1962.

 

Bon Scott

Famous Musicians Who Overdosed

Bon Scott became the lead singer for ACDC in 1974. Bon had a reputation for being a “bad boy” of rock and roll. Unconfirmed rumors still state that Scott was responsible for impregnating a few teenage women. The official cause of his death in 1980 is overdose by alcohol poisoning.

 

Dee Dee Ramone

Famous Musicians Who Overdosed

Dee Dee Ramone, born Douglas Colvin, was the bassist for the British punk band, The Ramones. He was also the author of “Surviving the Ramones” in which he frequently mentioned his chemical addictions. Ramone died from a heroin overdose a few months after being featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

 

Sid Vicious

Famous Musicians Who Overdosed

Sid Vicious was the bassist of the purposely obnoxious punk band, The Sex Pistols. John Simon Ritchie, as his parents knew him, was awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy, when he died in 1979. Vicious met his bitter end with a heroin overdose while lying in bed in his new girlfriend’s arms. He never did realize his dream of “Anarchy in the UK,” but he gave it a good shot before his untimely death at age 21.

 

Rob Pilatus

Famous Musicians Who Overdosed

This famous musician, who overdosed on alcohol and sleeping pills in 1998, was a member of the notorious pop group, Milli Vanilli. Milli Vanilli transformed their fame into infamy when it was discovered in 1990 that they lip-synched their Grammy winning album, “Girl You Know It’s true”. Pilatus certainly wished he was dead after this revelation and the subsequent sugarless gum commercial making fun of the band, and he finally got his wish after several suicide attempts.