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Date:6/27/2009

Nembutal and chloral hydrate. Although Monroe's death was officially listed as a suicide in 1962, many forensic experts and investigators now say the overdose was more likely to have been accidental.

2. ELVIS PRESLEY. Perhaps the most famous prescription-drug abuser of all time, Elvis died in 1977 from an overdose of medications while on the toilet in his Graceland mansion. Presley's ex-wife wrote: "Presley was taking Placidyls 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…"

3. JUDY GARLAND. The Wizard of Oz star was found dead in her London bathroom by her husband in 1969. Coroner Gavin Thursdon said the cause of death was an accidental overdose of Seconal.

4. HOWARD HUGHES. The germophobic genius and subject of Martin Scorcese's The Aviator died in 1976 in route to a Houston hospital from his Acalpulco estate. Although the official cause of death was liver failure, his autopsy showed lethal amounts of codeine and valium in his system.

5. HEATH LEDGER. Found dead in a Manhattan apartment he had been renting on Jan. 22, 2008, the 28-year-old actor died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs that included the painkillers OxyContin and Vicodin, the anti-anxiety drugs Xanax and Valium, and the sleep aid Restoril, according to the New York Times. Upon learning the findings of the New York City medical examiner, Ledger's father stated: "While no medications were taken in excess, we learned today the combination of doctor-prescri
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