Five celebrities who died of heroin overdoses
The topic of celebrities' relationships with narcotics has been thrown back in to the spotlight today after the death of oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Hoffman passed away yesterday while taking heroin. He was found with a needle still in his arm. Here are five other talented entertainers who died from a heroin overdose:
Cory Monteith: The Glee star died last year after struggling with drug addiction for some time. His body was found in a Vancouver hotel room after a combination of heroin and alcohol.
Janis Joplin: The 'I love rock and roll' singer was found dead beside her bed in the Landmark Motor Hotel in Hollywood. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly compounded by alcohol.
Paula Yates: Writer and television presenter Paula Yates died on September 17, 2000, which was her daughter Pixie's 10th birthday. Her body was found in her London home.
River Phoenix: In the early hours of October 30, 1993, the iconic actor, arguably best known for his part in coming of age movie 'stand by me', collapsed and convulsed outside a Hollywood nightclub. His younger brother Juaquin called emergency services, while his sister Rain tried to give him give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He died the following day, with high concentrations of heroin and cocaine found in his blood.
Peter Farndon: The Pretenders bassist passed out and drowned in his bathtub following a heroin overdose. His body was found by his wife. Farandon was was battling a heroin addiction and was kicked out of the band due to his inability to deal with it.