Peaches Geldof and other famous heroin overdose deaths

It turns out that Peaches Geldof’s untimely death was caused by an accidental heroin overdose, but she is not alone. Heroin is one of the most popular drugs in the celebrity world.

Peaches GeldofPhoto courtesy of

As if the tragic death of 25-year-old Peaches Geldof was not enough to break your heart, per The Times newspaper, the TV presenter allegedly died from an accidental heroin overdose. Now, our sadness is indeed infinite.

Just to refresh your memory, Bob Geldof’s daughter was found dead on April 7 at her home. And while a drug overdose was an immediate suspect in the passing, no drug paraphernalia was ever found in the house (which would be necessary to either inject or snort heroin). Authorities suspect that the items in question may have been removed before their arrival by persons unknown. Peaches had a history of drug use, and — coincidentally enough — her mother, Paula Yates, also died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2000. Spooky, no?

Peaches is survived by her husband, Thomas Cohen, and her two sons. Interestingly enough, most famous drug overdoses were caused by heroin or prescription medication. To raise a bit of awareness — and possibly stir some people away from the drug — here are some other talented celebrities we lost to heroin:

3 Facts you should know about Peaches Geldof >>

Jim Morrison

Jim MorrisonPhoto courtesy of

Although the exact circumstances of The Doors frontman, Jim Morrison’s, death are still widely disputed, according to several testimonies, the musician’s demise has been attributed to a heroin overdose. It is unclear whether the heroin exasperated Morrison’s allegedly pre-existing respiratory condition or was the sole cause of the death. He was only 27 years old.

Cory Monteith

Cory MonteithPhoto courtesy of Lia Toby/

Cory Monteith died suddenly from a heroin and alcohol overdose in his hotel room in Vancouver. The Glee actor had a history of drug use but has sought treatment on numerous occasions. He was 31 years old.

John Belushi

John BelushiPhoto courtesy of

The legendary John Belushi overdosed on a combination of cocaine and heroin at 33 years old, back in 1982. He is best remembered for his work on Saturday Night Live and The Blues Brothers.

Twitter mourns Mickey Rooney’s death >>

Kurt Cobain

Kurt CobainPhoto courtesy of

The exact cause of Kurt Cobain’s death is always up for dispute. Technically, it was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an injection of a lethal dose of heroin — officially ruled a suicide. Some claim it was murder; others claim depression was what really killed Cobain. But drugs were his method of escaping whatever haunted him.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour HoffmanPhoto courtesy of

Philip Seymour Hoffman had a history of drug use but was sober for nearly 23 years before relapsing. He started taking heroin in 2013 and overdosed on the drug (along with several others) in February 2014.

Use these as cautionary tales. We hope we will not be hearing of any drug-related deaths for a while. . . Or ever.

More celeb news

Celebrities who prove that clothing is actually pointless
Which celebrity would make the perfect babysitter for your kids?
A Heartbroken Girl’s Guide to George Clooney’s Engagement


Comments are closed.