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

bed drugs proved lethal for our boy. Heath's accidental death serves as a caution to the hidden dangers of combining prescription medication, even at low dosage."

6. ANNA NICOLE SMITH. Smith's death in 2007 was ruled an accidental drug overdose of the sedative chloral hydrate combined with other prescription drugs in her system, specifically Klonopin, Ativan, Serax and Valium. She has also ingested Benadryl and Topamax, which contributed to the sedative effect of the other drugs.

7. DOROTHY DANDRIDGE. The first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, Dandridge was found dead in West Hollywood in 1965 from an overdose of Imipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant. It's believed she improperly combined the medication -- which she took for her bipolar disorder -- with pain medication she received after breaking an ankle.

8. DANA PLATO. The long-troubled Diff'rent Strokes star died from an accidental overdose of Vanadom and Vicodin at her mother-in-law's Oklahoma home in 1999.

9. KEITH MOON. The Who drummer died in 1978 from an accidental overdose of Heminevrin, a medication taken as part of a program to wean him off alcohol.

10. ROB PILATUS. The Milli Vanilli star, disgraced after the public learned the music duo did not actually sing on its hit records, died in 1998 of an accidental overdose of a medication (reportedly methadone) designed to help him with drug withdrawal symptons.

11. ROBERT WALKER. Perhaps the most bizarre accidental prescription-drug death. The star of Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" died mysteriously in 1951 after being given an injection of the "truth serum" sodium amytal by psychiatrists at his home.

12. NICK DRAKE. The influential singer-songwriter died at his childhood home in the U.K. in 1974 from an accidental overdose of the antidepressant amitriptyline.

13. PAIGE SUMMERS. The 1998 Penthouse Pet of the Year was found
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