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20 Celebrities Killed by Drugs: Supermodels, Singers, and an Adult Film Star, Too

20 Celebrities Killed by Drugs: Supermodels, Singers, and an Adult Film Star, Too

19. Rick James 1948 –  2004


The funk legend, riding high from a rejuvenated popularity thanks to the “Dave Chappelle Show,” died of a massive heart attack at age 56 in his Los Angeles home.


James had diabetes, a pacemaker and suffered a stroke in 1998. According to Reuters, the coroner listed nine drugs, including prescription medications for anxiety, pain relief and heart failure, along with cocaine and methamphetamine in his system.

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