Celebrity deaths related to opioids

Slideshow of celebrities who have overdosed on opioids

By Mary Claire Patton - Digital Content Curator
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Heath Ledger – Actor. Died on Jan. 22, 2008 at age 28. Photo courtesy Getty Images.

SAN ANTONIO - Prince is the latest celebrity who has died from an opioid overdose. 

The late singer’s toxicology test concluded that Prince died from an accidental fentanyl overdose.

Fentanyl is 25 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration CNN.com wrote.

Click through the slideshow to see other celebrities who have died from opioid-related causes.

  1. Prince – Singer. Died on April, 21, 2016, at age 57.
  2. Philip Seymour Hoffman – Actor. Died on Feb. 2, 2014, at age 46.
  3. Lisa Robin Kelly – Actress. Died on Aug. 15, 2013, at age 43.
  4. Cory Monteith – Actor. Died on July 13, 2013, at age 31.
  5. Heath Ledger – Actor. Died on Jan. 22, 2008, at age 28.
  6. Chris Penn – Actor. Died on Jan. 24, 2006, at age 40.
  7. Mitch Hedberg – Comedian. Died on March 29, 2005, at age 37.
  8. Howie Epstein – Bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Died on Feb. 23, 2003, at age 47.
  9. Dee Dee Ramone – Bassist and founding member of punk rock band The Ramones. Died on June 5, 2002, at age 50.
  10. Layne Staley - Singer for Alice in Chains. Died on April 5, 2002, at age 34.
  11. Chris Farley – Actor and comedian. Died on Dec. 18, 1997, at age 33.
  12. River Phoenix – Actor and musician. Died on Oct. 31, 1993, at age 23.
  13. John Belushi – Comedian, actor, musician. Died on March 5, 1982, at age 33.
  14. Sid Vicious – Bassist for The Sex Pistols. Died on Feb. 2, 1979, at age 21.
  15. Elvis Presley – Singer. Died on Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42.
  16. Bruce Lee - Martial artist and actor. Died on July 20, 1973, at age 32.
  17. Jim Morrison – Lead singer of The Doors. Died July 3, 1971, at age 27.
  18. Janis Joplin – Singer. Died on Oct. 4, 1970, at age 27.
  19. Lenny Bruce – Stand-up comedian. Died on Aug. 3, 1966, at age 40.
  20. Eugene Lipscomb – NFL defensive lineman. Died on May 10, 1963, at age 31.

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