MAD (medically assisted
Death by Allopathy
Timeline of celebrities killed by Big Pharma: Whitney Houston, Michael
Jackson, Heath Ledger, Farrah Fawcett, Elvis and more
February 14, 2012
(NaturalNews) The recent death of pop icon Whitney Houston has once again
sparked worldwide awareness of the fragility of human life, and how easily it
can slip away in an instant. But what Houston's death has also brought to the
forefront is the reality that, under the auspices of treating disease,
FDA-approved pharmaceutical drugs are a primary cause of death in the U.S.,
as well as within the entertainment industry.
Over the years, NaturalNews has covered the deaths of numerous
celebrities, singers, actors, and cultural icons that met their fates because of
prescription drug overdoses. Some of these individuals died as a result of
misusing pharmaceutical drugs, while others were literally out of their minds as
a result of taking them, which made them particularly prone to the careless and
even suicidal behaviors that ultimately led to their deaths.
Below we have put together a short timeline of celebrity deaths caused by
pharmaceutical drugs. While we recognize that some of these individuals
deliberately misused both prescription and illicit drugs, resulting in their
deaths, some of them were arguably heavily influenced by these
highly-addictive drugs in the first place, which caused them to further abuse
dangerous, but legal, prescription drugs, and often under the guidance of their
• 1962: American actress, singer, and model Marilyn Monroe reportedly
died of a barbiturate overdose, a class of drugs that artificially induces
relaxation and sleep. Though the precise details of her death are still
disputed, her death was officially declared to be "acute barbiturate poisoning."
• 1968: Famous American actor Nick Adams, a good friend of James Dean and
Elvis Presley, reportedly died of an overdose of barbiturates as well. His
mysterious death was officially certified as "accidental-suicidal and
undetermined," but high levels of sedatives were found in his blood.
• 1977: Iconic singer Elvis Presley had a long history of prescription
drug abuse, having developed an addiction to stimulants during his days in the
military. His personal physician, Dr. George Nichopoulos, reportedly supplied
pills to Presley during his singing career "without concern for his health,"
which eventually led to his overdose-induced death.
• 1994: Kurt Cobain, former lead singer and guitarist of the band
Nirvana, reportedly died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head that many
reports link to a lethal dose of heroin. Like many of the others, Cobain had a
history of illicit drug abuse, but upon his death, reports indicated that traces
of diazepam, an anti-anxiety medication marketed under the name Valium, was also
found in his blood.
• 1997: Famous comedian and actor Chris Farley was found dead in his
apartment of an apparent drug overdose. But according to some reports, no
illegal narcotics were found on the premesis, while plenty of prescription drugs
were found. A later autopsy revealed morphine and cocaine intoxication as the
cause of his "accidental" death.
• 2007: Anna Nicole Smith, an American model, actress, and television
personality died of an overdose of prescription drugs. There is still much
controversy over her doctors' involvement in her death, as they reportedly wrote
her fake prescriptions for sleeping pills, opioid painkillers, and anti-anxiety
drugs, all of which contributed to her death.
• 2008: Actor Heath Ledger was killed by taking a cocktail of
pharmaceuticals prescribed him by his doctors. These included OxyContin, Valium,
Xanax, Restoril, Unisom, and Vicodin.
• 2009: American actress and artist Farrah Fawcett died as a result of
prescribed chemotherapy treatments for her cancer. This treatment, which was
prescribed for her anal cancer, actually caused more cancer, which ultimately
destroyed her immune system and killed her.
• 2009: Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop," died after being given an
injection of Demerol, a highly-potent opioid drug, by his doctor. Though
prescription drugs eventually killed him, Jackson may have been deliberately
drug induced by his "handlers" for quite some time throughout his career as a
way to maximize corporate profits.
• 2011: Singer Amy Winehouse reportedly died of alcohol poisoning, but
some reports say that she may have also been taking prescription drugs. Though
no "illegal substances" were found in her body at the time of death, official
reports appear to omit the actual cause of her death, which strongly points to
prescription drugs as a culprit in addition to alcohol.
• 2012: Though the mainstream media is silent on the subject, some reports are
now indicating that Whitney Houston's death was actually caused by
prescription drugs and alcohol, not drowning. According to reports, a deadly
combination of Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, and sleeping medications killed Houston
before she sunk underneath the water in her bathtub.
This is not an exhaustive list of celebrity deaths, of course, and some of these
cases are still disputed as to the actual causes of death. But one thing is for
sure: FDA-approved prescription drugs, many of which are highly-addictive, are a
primary cause of mortality in America today, and yet they continue to flood the
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