The day the music died: Musicians who overdosed [SLIDESHOW]

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Taylor Bigler
Entertainment Editor

Whitney Houston’s death is just the latest in a long, unfortunate tradition of talented musicians who suffered from drug abuse.

Judy Garland, who we remember as sweetly singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in “The Wizard of Oz,” battled her own addictions and eventually succumbed to them. The Temptations crooner, David Ruffin, whose innocent tune “My Girl” is a catchy classic, died in a Philadelphia crack den.

Lead singer of the nineties band Sublime, Bradley Nowell, did not live to see his band’s success. He died from a drug overdose before the release of Sublime’s major studio album.

Most recently, Amy Winehouse, whose soulful voice was a rarity among a generation of auto-tuned pop singers, couldn’t escape alcoholism.

The Daily Caller looks back at musicians who overdosed:

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  • The famed "Wizard of Oz" actress and singer died from barbiturate overdose in 1969
  • Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27 from asphyxiation related to herion and alcohol overdose
  • Rocker Janis Joplin died from a heroin overdose in 1970, also at the age of 27
  • The Doors frontman Jim Morrison died in the bathtub of a Paris hotel in 1971 from a suspected heroin overdose
  • In 1977, the King died of an overdose of 14 different prescription medications
  • Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious died from a heroin overdose in 1979, although it has been speculated that his death was a suicide
  • David Ruffin, one of the lead singers of The Temptations, died in 1991 in a Philadelphia crack den from a heroin overdose
  • Blind Melon lead singer, Shannon Hoon, died from a cocaine overdose in 1995
  • Sublime lead singer Bradley Nowell died from heroin overdose in 1996. He did not live to see the success of the band's first major album, "Sublime," released in 1997
  • Rob Pilatus, aka one half of the duo Milli Vanilli, died from alcohol and prescription pill overdose in 1998
  • British soul singer Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 in 2011 from alcohol poisoning
  • Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 from an apparent prescription medication overdose

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