4 Famous Deaths by Cocaine Overdose
Cocaine has been a popular drug among the rich and famous for decades. Unfortunately, it has also claimed many lives, proving that money and fame do not buy happiness or longevity. It was known as a “safe” drug of excess and glamour in the 1970’s, it’s usage peaking around 1982. Negative press reviews began in the mid-80’s with the popularity of crack cocaine, and began to decline in use as it became increasingly associated with addiction.
the late Robin Williams once said:
Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you are making too much money.
Here are 4 talented souls lost to cocaine overdose or cocaine combination drugs.
David Waymer, American Professional Football Player (1958-1993)
Waymer played the position of safety in the National Football League. He played for Notre Dame as a college student, and then was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1980. He later played for the San Francisco 49ers and finally, the L.A. Raiders. He had finished up his first season with the Raiders when at age 30 he was found dead of cardiac arrest induced by cocaine overdose.
Darrell Porter, American Professional Baseball Player (1952-2002)
Porter was a Major League baseball player who served as catcher for Texas, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Milwaukee. He was a power hitter and a notable defensive player. He played for the Kansas City Royals from 1977-1980 and was selected each year for the All-Star team. In 1979, he became the sixth catcher in American baseball history to score 100 runs and have 100 runs batted in.
Early in August, 2002, 50-year-old Porter was found lying near his vehicle which was caught on a tree stump, apparently after veering from the road. An autopsy revealed he had a lethal level of cocaine in his system, but exactly what happened that night is not known.
John Entwistle, Musician, Songwriter, Producer (1944-2002)
Entwistle was a bass guitarist for the uber-huge and talented rock band The Who. He was a highly influential bass guitarist, arguably the greatest of all time. In 1971, he also became the first band member to release a solo album. In 1990, he was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of The Who.
On June 27, 2002, at age 58, Entwistle was found dead in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, just one day before the first show of The Who’s 2002 scheduled U.S. tour. A woman he met the night before awoke to find his cold body next to hers. The medical examiner determined he died from a heart attack induced by cocaine overdose.
Chris Kelly, Musician (1978-2013)
Mostly known for his involvement with the popular 1990’s rap and hip-hop duo Kris Kross. At the time, they were the most successful duo for their young ages, earning both gold and platinum records. Kelly is often considered to be another casualty of the child celebrity curse, thrust into the spotlight at just 14 years old.
On May 1st, Kelly was found unresponsive in his home and rushed to an Atlantic hospital, where he succumbed to the overdose. In addition to cocaine, heroin and alcohol were also found, as well as the painkiller hydrocodone and the anti-anxiety medication Xanax. At the time of his death, he was just 34 years old.
If you or someone you know is addicted to cocaine, please seek help immediately.