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.

Thoughts?  Comments?

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,[292] 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.

One response


    Michael Jackson 1958-2009 Musician Acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication

    February 24, 2012 at 6:16 am

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