Since the death of Prince, there’s been a renewed focus on musicians who have died as the result of prescription drug abuse. Compared to those who have died as the result illegal drugs, the list is quite short.
Michael Jackson is the most famous case. Propofol was the main killer but he had all sorts of other medication in his system. Prescription drugs were a major factor in Elvis Presley’s death.
Whitney Houston had a whole pharmacy in her system when she drowned in her bathtub. Kurt Cobain had diazepam as well as heroin in his body when he died. Who drummer Keith Moon died of an overdose of the drug that was supposed to help his alcoholism.
Nick Drake, the English folksinger, died of the result of too many anti-depressants. Barbiturates had something do with the death of Jimi Hendrix. And Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles, ODed on sedatives.