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

16. Elvis Presley, 1935-1977

Presley was discovered unresponsive on his bathroom floor while on tour. An autopsy found in his system “significant” levels of ethinamate, methaqualone, codeine and different barbiturates, including amobarbital, pentobarbital and phenobarbital. Presley s ex-wife wrote: “Presley was taking Placidyls [pictured] to combat severe insomnia in ever-increasing doses and later took Dexedrine to counter the sleeping pills after effects.”


Presley s personal physician, Dr. George C. Nichopoulos, concluded: “Elvis s problem was that he didn t see the wrong in it. He felt that by getting [pills] from a doctor, he wasn t the common everyday junkie .”

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