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Michael Jackson Joins Tragic List of Accidental Celebrity Deaths Caused by Prescription Drugs, Says eDrugSearch.com
Date:6/27/2009

"Prescription drug abuse has long been an temptation for celebrities - and is now a fast-growing problem for the general public," says eDrugSearch.com President Cary Byrd

San Antonio, TX (Vocus) June 27, 2008 -- Michael Jackson appears to be the latest star to have died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications, according to news reports. Unfortunately, he probably won't be the last, says Cary Byrd, president of eDrugSearch.com.

Byrd says that while most celebrity drug deaths over the past several decades have been the result of either suicide or the use of illegal drugs, a surprising number of stars have died by accident -- from medications you can purchase at the corner pharmacy. And the frequency of such deaths appears to be increasing.

"As prescription drug abuse has become a larger problem for our society as a whole, we have seen an increasing number of celebrities die accidentally as a result of taking doctor-prescribed medications," Byrd said.

"Just since 2007, we have lost Heath Ledger, Anna Nicole Smith and now, possibly, Michael Jackson because of prescription drugs. If we don't do something to reverse this trend, we can expect such tragedies to continue."

Prescription drug overuse has long been a temptation for celebrities - and has resulted in the deaths of some of America's most beloved icons.

Here are 13 of the most famous accidental celebrity prescription drug deaths and the medications that caused them:

1. MARILYN MONROE. Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" died from an overdose of sleeping pills -- specifically,
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