Here’s another goodbye to another good friend
Whitney Houston died last Saturday, February 11th, 2012.
She was only 48 years old.
What a voice. What a shame.
The details of her death have yet to be determined while this is being written, but she had battled substance abuse for years. It’s pretty safe to say that somehow it facilitated her early death.
“Sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll” was once the motto of a generation during a time of great social and economic change. Back then, drugs were often viewed as mind-expanding and, in some cases, a right of passage. Drug use is not seen that way today, due, in part, to the many prominent people who have lost their lives to the disease of addiction. Drug abuse is one the most serious problems facing our nation and, while tratment and addiction recovery have saved many individuals, there are still far too many who lose their lives to this disease.
The music industry has had its fair share of talents lost to drug addiction and drug overdoses. We’ve compiled a list of classic rock musicians whose deaths signaled to us all that drugs were not harmless but, in fact, far more dangerous than we could have ever imagined. Yes, it’s a long list, but it could be longer. And that’s the point. Too many, too young, far too soon.
|John Bonham||1948–1980||Drummer (Led Zeppelin)||Choked on his own vomit after consuming forty shots of vodka.|
|Kurt Cobain||1967–1994||Musician (Nirvana)||Self-inflicted (disputed) shotgun wound to the head under the influence of a potentially lethal dose of heroin with traces of diazepam.|
|Douglas Glenn Colvin, aka Dee Dee Ramone||1951–2002||Musician (The Ramones)||Heroin overdose.|
|Jesse Ed Davis||1944–1988||Guitarist (John Lennon, Jackson Brown)||Heroin overdose.|
|Kevin DuBrow||1955–2007||Singer||Cocaine overdose. Accidental.|
|John Entwistle||1944–2002||Musician (The Who)||Cocaine-induced heart attack.|
|Pete Farndon||1952–1983||Musician (The Pretenders)||Passed out in his bath due to a heroin overdose and subsequently drowned.|
|Lowell George||1945–1979||Musician (Little Feat))||Unspecified drug overdose. Accidental.|
|Bobby Hatfield||1940–2003||Musician (The Righteous Brothers)||Cocaine-induced heart attack.|
|Jimi Hendrix||1942–1970||Musician||Respiratory arrest caused by alcohol and barbiturate overdose and vomit inhalation.|
|James Honeyman-Scott||1956–1982||Musician (The Pretenders)||Cocaine-induced heart attack.|
|Brian Jones||1942–1969||Musician (The Rolling Stones).||Drowning under the influence of alcohol and drugs.|
|Janis Joplin||1943–1970||Musician||Heroin overdose.|
|Jimmy McCulloch||1953–1979||Musician (Wings)||Heroin overdose.|
|Keith Moon||1946–1978||Musician (The Who)||Overdose on anti-seizure medication prescribed for alcoholism. Accidental.|
|Jim Morrison||1943–1971||Musician (The Doors)||Official cause of death is recorded as heart failure, though Sam Bernett claims that Morrison died in Bernett’s club, with heroin overdose as the suspected cause|
|Gram Parsons||1946–1973||Musician (The Byrds)||Morphine overdose.|
|Elvis Presley||1935–1977||Singer||Cardiac arrhythmia. Autopsy founds in his system “significant” levels of ethinamate, methaqualone, codeine and different barbiturates, including amobarbital, pentobarbital, and phenobarbital.|
|John Simon Ritchie, aka Sid Vicious||1957–1979||Musician (Sex Pistols)||Heroin overdose. Suicide.|
|David Ruffin||1941–1991||Musician (The Temptations)||Cocaine overdose.|
|Bon Scott||1946–1980||Musician (AC/DC)||Official cause of death listed as “acute alcohol poisoning”.|
|Gary Thain||1948–1975||Musician (Uriah Heep)||Respiratory failure due to a heroin overdose.|
|Amy Winehouse||1983–2011||Singer-Songwriter||Alcohol poisoning/|
|Keith Whitley||1954–1989||Singer||Alcohol poisoning.|