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.

Zondra Hughes

Deputy Editor, Rolling Out

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required