2008 – Heath Ledger dies from suspected drug use. Reported by MTV news. Appearing at a news conference at the Venice Film Festival in September to promote the Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There,” Heath Ledger, who died on Tuesday, spoke of his “obsession with an artist by the name of Nick Drake,” an English-born […]
2007 – Quiet Riot Singer Kevin DuBrow Died Of Cocaine Overdose: Report Coroner said toxicology results, which were released Monday, show that musician died of accidental drug overdose. Two weeks after news of his death first made headlines, the autopsy results on late Quiet Riot frontman Kevin DuBrow — who was found in his Las […]
2006 – Award winning South African R&B singer TK (real name Tsakani Mhinga) is found dead at a hotel in Johannesburg’s Randburg suburb. The singer-songwriter is 27. An autopsy determines that a drug overdose is the cause of Deaths.
2005 – A $100,000 (£58,823) statue honouring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer in September 2004 at the age of 55. Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, including Tommy Ramone – the only surviving band member. Dee Dee Ramone […]
2004 – Metallica quashes an Internet rumor that James Hetfield committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. “Contrary to what you may have read on message boards,” say the band, “James Hetfield is alive and doing extremely well.”
2002 – The Who’s John Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He has cocaine in his system, and the Deaths is ruled accidental. He is 57. John Alec Entwistle (October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English bass guitarist, songwriter, singer, and horn player, who was best known […]
2002 – A Widespread Panic concert in Pelham, Ala. goes sour when young fan Erica Robins Young of Chattanooga, Tenn., collapses and dies of an apparent overdose of the drug Ecstasy.
1997 – West Arkeen, who played guitar on Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion albums, dies. West Arkeen (June 18, 1960 – May 30, 1997) was an American musician best-known for co-writing several Guns N’ Roses songs, and was known unofficially as GN’R #6. He died on May 30, 1997 in Los Angeles of a […]
1996 – Smashing Pumpkins begin a long awaited tour. The tour was supposed to start a few weeks earlier, but had to be delayed due to some much needed rehearsal time for Filter drummer Matt Walker and Frogs’ drummer Dennis Flemion. The two borrowed musicians are needed to replace Jonathan Melvoin and Jimmy Chamberlin. Melvoin […]
1996 – Smashing Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin is fired from the band. A week earlier the drummer had been arrested on drug-possession charges in connection with the fatal overdose of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin.
1995 – Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon is found dead on his tour bus from an accidental drug overdose. The band rose to fame in 1993 with the hit “No Rain.”
1994 – Billy Idol is admitted to Burbank, Calif.’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center after collapsing from a drug overdose in a Los Angeles nightclub. He’s released two days later.