10 Celebs Who OD'd and Lived

Fantasia isn't the only lucky one
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2010 9:46 AM CDT
Updated Aug 15, 2010 2:31 PM CDT
Fantasia Barrino: ODed on aspirin and sleeping pills.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)
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(Newser) – DJ AM, Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Judy Garland: The list of stars lost to drug overdoses is a long one. Happily, there's also a roster of celebrities who OD'd and lived. As a follow-up to Fantasia's aspirin/sleeping pill incident, The Frisky runs down 10 celebs who did just that.

  • Eminem: He took methadone after having knee surgery, then was hooked on painkillers for 7 years, nearly dying of an overdose before getting clean.

  • Naomi Campbell: Tthe supermodel's penchant for fighting is no secret; in 1997, she OD'd on barbiturates after a spat with her Spanish flamenco dancer boyfriend.
  • Charlie Sheen: A cocaine overdose landed the troubled actor in the hospital in 1998.
  • Courtney Love: Overdosed in 2003, 40 minutes after being released from jail for smashing a friend's windows.
Click here for the rest of the list—which includes one actress who turned her saga into a book that later became a movie.

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