List of deaths through alcohol

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Verne Troyer
David Cassidy
Amy Winehouse
Chögyam Trungpa
Meena Kumari
Pōmare V
Franklin Pierce
Daniel Webster
Ranjit Singh
Pōmare II
Béla II of Hungary

This is a list of the most notable people in Category:Alcohol-related deaths who died of short- and/or long-term effects of alcohol consumption. Deaths caused indirectly by alcohol, such as combined drug intoxication, or driving under the influence, are not listed here.

The Journal of the American Medical Association defines alcoholism as "a primary, chronic disease characterized by impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with the drug alcohol, use of alcohol despite adverse consequences, and distortions in thinking, most notably denial."[1] The majority of people in this list died from causes brought on by alcoholism.


Name Death date Location Cause Occupation
Steve Harwell 4 September 2023(2023-09-04) (aged 56) Boise, Idaho, United States Liver failure Professional Musician,singer
Adam Zimmer 31 October 2022(2022-10-31) (aged 38) Mendota Heights, Minnesota, United States Complications of chronic ethanol use disorder Professional football
Allister Adel[2] 30 April 2022(2022-04-30) (aged 45) Phoenix, Arizona, United States Alcohol-related issues County Attorney for Maricopa County, 2019 to 2022
Vincent Jackson 15 February 2021(2021-02-15) (aged 38) Brandon, Florida, United States Chronic alcohol use National Football League player
Alexi Laiho 29 December 2020(2020-12-29) (aged 41) Helsinki, Finland Alcohol-related cirrhosis and pancreatitis Musician
Patricia Minaldi 1 December 2018(2018-12-01) (aged 60) Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States Alcohol-related issues United States district judge
Verne Troyer 21 April 2018(2018-04-21) (aged 49) Los Angeles, United States Suicide by alcohol intoxication Actor and comedian
Dolores O'Riordan 15 January 2018(2018-01-15) (aged 46) London, England Drowning due to alcohol intoxication Singer
David Cassidy 21 November 2017(2017-11-21) (aged 67) Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States Kidney and liver failure due to alcohol abuse, was in a medically induced coma awaiting liver transplant Singer, musician and actor
Charles Kennedy 1 June 2015(2015-06-01) (aged 55) Fort William, Scotland Major haemorrhage linked to alcoholism Liberal Democrat politician
Elizabeth Peña 14 October 2014(2014-10-14) (aged 55) Los Angeles, California, U.S. cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol, which caused acute gastrointestinal bleeding, cardiogenic shock and cardiac arrest.[3][4] Actress
Jason Molina 16 May 2013(2013-05-16) (aged 39) Indianapolis, United States Organ failure related to alcohol abuse Musician
Jeff Hanneman 2 May 2013(2013-05-02) (aged 49) Inland Empire, California, United States Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Musician
Amy Winehouse 23 July 2011(2011-07-23) (aged 27) London, England Alcohol intoxication Singer/songwriter
Gary Moore 6 February 2011(2011-02-06) (aged 58) Estepona, Spain Heart attack Musician
George Best 25 November 2005(2005-11-25) (aged 59) London, England Alcoholism and complications following a liver transplant Football player
Michael Elphick 7 September 2002(2002-09-07) (aged 55) London, England Alcoholism Actor
John Nathan-Turner 1 May 2002(2002-05-01) (aged 54) Brighton, United Kingdom Liver failure Television producer
Phil Katz 14 April 2000(2000-04-14) (aged 37) Milwaukee, United States Alcoholism Computer programmer
Oliver Reed 2 May 1999(1999-05-02) (aged 61) Malta Alcoholism Actor
Derek Newark 11 August 1998(1998-08-11) (aged 65) London, England Heart attack, brought on by liver failure after years of alcoholism Actor
Kevin Lloyd 2 May 1998(1998-05-02) (aged 49) Staffordshire, England Alcohol-related incident Actor
Brian Connolly 10 February 1997(1997-02-10) (aged 51) Slough, United Kingdom Renal failure Singer
Townes Van Zandt 1 January 1997(1997-01-01) (aged 52) Smyrna, Tennessee, United States Heart attack Musician
Mickey Mantle 13 August 1995(1995-08-13) (aged 63) Dallas, United States Liver cancer New York Yankees center fielder
Peter Cook 9 January 1995(1995-01-09) (aged 57) London, England Gastrointestinal haemorrhage Comedian
George Spenton-Foster 26 December 1993(1993-12-26) (aged 67) London, England Alcoholism Television director

André the Giant

28 January 1993(1993-01-28) (aged 46)

Paris, France Heart Attack Wrestler
Keith Whitley 9 May 1989(1989-05-09) (aged 34) Goodlettsville, Tennessee Alcoholism Country music singer
John Cassavetes 3 February 1989(1989-02-03) (aged 59) Los Angeles, United States Alcohol-related cirrhosis Film director
Chögyam Trungpa 4 April 1987(1987-04-04) (aged 48) Halifax, Nova Scotia Alcoholism, alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, cardiac arrest Buddhist meditation master
Ian Hendry 24 December 1984(1984-12-24) (aged 53) London, England Stomach haemorrhage Actor
Truman Capote 25 August 1984(1984-08-25) (aged 59) Los Angeles, United States Liver disease Writer
Richard Burton 5 August 1984(1984-08-05) (aged 58) Geneva, Switzerland Cerebral haemorrhage Actor
John Dearth 17 March 1984(1984-03-17) (aged 63) London, England Alcoholism[5][6] Actor
José Carlos Ary dos Santos 18 January 1984(1984-01-18) (aged 47) Lisbon, Portugal Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Poet
Garrincha 20 January 1983(1983-01-20) (aged 49) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Alcoholism Footballer
John Bonham 25 September 1980(1980-09-25) (aged 32) Windsor, United Kingdom Asphyxiation Drummer for Led Zeppelin, musician
Yootha Joyce 24 August 1980(1980-08-24) (aged 53) London, England Alcoholism Actress
Vladimir Vysotsky 25 July 1980(1980-07-25) (aged 42) Moscow, Soviet Union Heart attack Singer, songwriter, poet, and actor
Bon Scott 19 February 1980(1980-02-19) (aged 33) London, England Acute alcohol intoxication Lead singer and songwriter for hard rock band AC/DC
Reginald Maudling 14 February 1979(1979-02-14) (aged 61) Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London, England Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis, Kidney failure United Kingdom Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ed Wood 10 December 1978(1978-12-10) (aged 54) Los Angeles, United States Cardiac arrest Film director
Madan Mohan 14 July 1975(1975-07-14) (aged 51) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Composer
Veronica Lake 7 July 1973(1973-07-07) (aged 50) Burlington, Vermont, United States Acute hepatitis Actress
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan 8 March 1973(1973-03-08) (aged 27) Corte Madera, California, United States Gastrointestinal haemorrhage Musician
Geeta Dutt 20 July 1972(1972-07-20) (aged 41) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Singer
Clyde McPhatter 13 June 1972(1972-06-13) (aged 39) The Bronx, New York, United States Heart attack R&B singer
Meena Kumari 31 March 1972(1972-03-31) (aged 38) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Actress, poet, singer, costume designer
Jaikishan Dayabhai Panchal 12 September 1971(1971-09-12) (aged 41) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Composer
A. A. Allen 11 June 1970(1970-06-11) (aged 59) San Francisco, United States Binge drinking Evangelist
Jack Kerouac 21 October 1969(1969-10-21) (aged 47) St. Petersburg, Florida, United States Alcoholism Writer
Barbara Payton 8 May 1967(1967-05-08) (aged 39) San Diego, United States Liver failure Actress
Shailendra 14 December 1966(1966-12-14) (aged 43) Mumbai, India Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Lyricist
James Thurber 2 November 1961(1961-11-02) (aged 66) New York City, United States Stroke Cartoonist and writer
Errol Flynn 14 October 1959(1959-10-14) (aged 50) Vancouver, Canada Heart attack Actor
Billie Holiday 17 July 1959(1959-07-17) (aged 44) New York City, United States Cirrhosis Singer
Raymond Chandler 26 March 1959(1959-03-26) (aged 70) San Diego, United States Pneumonia Writer
Lester Young 15 March 1959(1959-03-15) (aged 49) New York City, United States Heart failure Musician
Joseph McCarthy 2 May 1957(1957-05-02) (aged 48) Bethesda, Maryland, United States Acute hepatitis Republican U.S. Senator
Ira Hayes 24 January 1955(1955-01-24) (aged 32) Bapchule, Arizona, United States Alcohol intoxication, hypothermia War hero
Dylan Thomas 9 November 1953(1953-11-09) (aged 39) New York City, United States Alcoholism Writer
Hank Williams 1 January 1953(1953-01-01) (aged 29) Oak Hill, West Virginia, United States Acute ventricular dilation Musician
Curly Howard 18 January 1952(1952-01-18) (aged 48) San Gabriel, California, United States Stroke Actor
Sinclair Lewis 10 January 1951(1951-01-10) (aged 65) Rome, Italy Alcoholism Novelist, playwright, short story writer
W. C. Fields 25 December 1946(1946-12-25) (aged 66) Pasadena, California, United States Alcoholism Actor
Lorenz Hart 22 November 1943(1943-11-22) (aged 48) New York City, United States Alcoholism Lyricist
John Barrymore 29 May 1942(1942-05-29) (aged 60) Los Angeles, California, United States Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Actor
Helen Morgan 9 October 1941(1941-10-09) (aged 41) Chicago, Illinois, United States Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Singer, actress
F. Scott Fitzgerald 21 December 1940(1940-12-21) (aged 44) Hollywood, California, United States Heart attack Writer
Fernando Pessoa 30 November 1935(1935-11-30) (aged 47) Lisbon, Portugal Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis or alcohol-related pancreatitis Poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher
Bix Beiderbecke 6 August 1931(1931-08-06) (aged 28) Queens, New York, United States Pneumonia Musician
O. Henry 5 June 1910(1910-06-05) (aged 47) New York City, United States Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis Writer
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 9 September 1901(1901-09-09) (aged 36) Saint-André-du-Bois, France Alcoholism Painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator
Pōmare V 12 June 1891(1891-06-12) (aged 51) Royal Palace, Papeʻete, Tahiti Alcoholism The last monarch of Tahiti
Modest Mussorgsky 28 March 1881(1881-03-28) (aged 42) Saint Petersburg, Russia Alcoholism, delirium tremens, epileptic seizure Composer
Franklin Pierce 8 October 1869(1869-10-08) (aged 64) Concord, New Hampshire, United States Edema or alcohol-related liver cirrhosis (death certification) U.S. President
Ardashir Mirza 1866(1866-00-00) (aged 58–59) Tehran, Iran Alcohol-related issues Prince, and governor
Daniel Webster 24 October 1852(1852-10-24) (aged 70) Marshfield, Massachusetts, U.S. Alcohol-related liver cirrhosis United States Secretary of State
Ranjit Singh 27 June 1839(1839-06-27) (aged 58) Lahore, Sikh Empire (present-day Punjab, Pakistan) Alcoholism, liver failure, stroke 1st Maharaja of the Sikh Empire
Pōmare II 7 December 1821(1821-12-07) (aged 38–39) Motu Uta, Papeete, Tahiti Alcohol-related issues The second king of Tahiti between 1782 and 1821
Ögedei Khan 11 December 1241(1241-12-11) (aged 54–55) Mongolia Alcoholism The second Great Khan of Mongol Empire between 1227 and 1241
Genghis Khan 25 August 1227(1227-08-25) (aged 64–65) Western Xia, China Falling off a horse under intoxication The founder of the Mongol Empire
Béla II of Hungary 13 February 1141(1141-02-13) (aged 31–32) Hungary Alcohol-related issues King of Hungary and Croatia from 1131
Gao Yang 25 November 559(559-11-25) (aged 32–33) Northern Qi, China Long-term effects of alcohol 1st emperor of the Northern Qi

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  2. ^ "Allister Adel". Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  3. ^ Maria Puente (October 23, 2014). "Alcoholism was a cause in Elizabeth Pena's death". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Certificate of Death" (PDF). California. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 17, 2015.
  5. ^ @PseudLit at Twitter
  6. ^ Uncredited actors?? - Page 13 - Britmovie