Bobby Hatfield

Hatfield died at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 5, 2003, apparently in his sleep. In January 2004 a toxicology report concluded that an overdose of cocainehad precipitated a fatal heart attack. The initial autopsy found that Hatfield had advanced coronary disease. The medical examiner stated “In this case, there was already a significant amount of blockage in the coronary arteries.”

Ol’ Dirty Bastard

Leading up to his death, Jones’ legal troubles and odd behavior made him “something of a folk hero”, according to The New Yorker writer Michael Agger. Music writer Steve Huey wrote that “it was difficult for observers to tell whether Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s wildly erratic behavior was the result of serious drug problems or genuine mental instability.”
Jones collapsed at approximately 4:35 p.m. on November 13, 2004 (two days before his 36th birthday) at RZA’s recording studio (36 Chambers Records LLC on West 34th Street in New York City). He was pronounced dead at 5:04pm. His funeral was held at Brooklyn’s Christian Cultural Center and drew a crowd of thousands.
The official cause of death was a drug overdose; an autopsy found a lethal mixture of cocaine and the prescription drug tramadol. The overdose was ruled accidental and witnesses say that Jones complained of chest pain on the day he died

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Ken Caminiti

Caminiti struggled with substance abuse throughout his career. He admitted in 1994 to having a problem with alcohol and checked himself into a rehabilitation center in 2000. In a Sports Illustrated cover story in 2002, a year after his retirement, he admitted that he had used steroids during his 1996 MVP season, and for several seasons afterwards. His admitted steroid abuse was discussed in the 2007 Mitchell Report on steroid abuse in baseball.
Caminiti also had a long struggle with cocaine, having been arrested in March 2001 for possession and sentenced to probation. While on probation for cocaine possession he tested positive for cocaine, a Houston judge ordered Caminiti to visit a Texas Department of Criminal Justice-operated treatment program in February 2003. In May the program was eliminated, so he was forced to leave. Caminiti completed most of the program.
On October 5, 2004 — just five days prior to his death — he admitted in a Houston court that he had violated his probation. He tested positive for cocaine in September 2004. It was his fourth such violation and he was sentenced to 180 days in prison but given credit for time already served and released.
Death
In the early afternoon, Caminiti was in the apartment of his friend in New York City, after being in the bathroom to have a speedball of cocaine and heroin, Caminiti came out of the bathroom and collapsed on the floor. At 3:36pm a 911 call was made while Caminiti was going in to a cardiac arrest. Caminiti died at Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx on October 10, 2004. Preliminary news reports indicated he died of a heart attack, but the autopsy results stated that “acute intoxication due to the combined effects of cocaine and opiates” caused his death, with coronary artery disease and cardiac hypertrophy (an enlarged heart) as contributing factors. Media coverage of Caminiti’s death was almost completely overshadowed by that of actor Christopher Reeve, who also died in New York City and within a day of Caminiti.
After final funeral services held in Solana Beach, California (a San Diego suburb), which was attended by many Padres players, past and present, Caminiti’s remains were cremated and were interred at the Cambo Ranch in Sabinal, Texas, which Caminiti co-owned along with former teammate Craig Biggio.

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Crash Holly

Michael John “Mike” Lockwood (August 25, 1971 – November 6, 2003) was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Crash Holly (or simply Crash), in the World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (WWF/E) promotion. Lockwood died on November 6, 2003, at his friend and fellow wrestler Stevie Richards‘ home in Florida.[2] He was found partially clothed with a pool of vomit around his face.[28] Empty bottles of the prescription drug Carisoprodol and a partially consumed bottle of alcohol were found nearby. He had recently received divorce papers from his wife.[28] His death, caused by choking on his own vomit, was officially ruled a suicide.[28][29] He was buried in China Grove in Rowan County, North Carolina.

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Miss Elizabeth

On April 19, 2003, Elizabeth was involved in a domestic dispute with Luger, who allegedly struck her in the garage of their townhouse in Marietta, Georgia. Cobb County police found Elizabeth with two bruised eyes, a bump on her head, and a cut lip. Luger was charged with a misdemeanor count of battery and released on $2,500 bond. Two days later on April 21, Luger was arrested for driving under the influence after rear-ending another car while driving his Porsche. According to the report on the arrest, Luger had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes and could not locate hisdriver’s license. Luger had a 9-mm handgun in the car. Elizabeth was a passenger in the vehicle, and was sent home in a taxicab. Luger was also driving with a suspended license for not appearing in court on March 5, 2003, for a hearing on a previous offense – driving with expired tags and having no proof of vehicle insurance. On May 1, 2003, in Marietta, Georgia, Luger called 9-1-1 to report that Hulette was not breathing. She did not respond to mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and paramedics rushed her to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A medical examiner listed the cause of death as “acute toxicity,” brought on by a mix of painkillers and vodka.

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Curt Hennig

On February 10, 2003, Hennig was found dead in a Florida hotel room. He was 44 years old. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office declared acute cocaine intoxication to be the cause of his death.[29] His father said that steroids and painkillers also contributed to his death.[30] Hennig was survived by his parents, Larry and Irene, two brothers, Randy and Jesse, and two sisters, Sandra and Susan, wife Leonice and four children, Joe, Amy, Kaite, and Hank.[31] Two of his children, Joe and Amy, are professional wrestlers

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Trevor Goddard

On 7 June 2003, Goddard was found dead in his home in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. He was 40 years old. Initial reports indicated that Goddard was in the process of getting a divorce and that suicide was suspected.[2][3] An autopsy later showed that Goddard died from a drug overdose of heroincocainetemazepam andvicodin.[4] His death was ruled accidental.[5]

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Howie Epstein

Epstein died of complications due to drug use; but an overdose has not been reported. Investigators were told Epstein had been using heroin. Howie was driven to St. Vincent Hospital by his girlfriend, who described him as “under distress.”

Epstein was taking antibiotics for an illness, and he had recently suffered from flu, stomach problems and an abscess on his leg, friends said.

“Apparently he passed out in the bathroom, and (his girlfriend) drove him to the hospital,” Madrid said.

He died on February 23, 2003 at the age of 47. Reportedly, he was extremely despondent over the death of his 16-year-old German Shepherd a few days earlier. In recent interviews, Tom Petty admitted that Epstein’s behavior had become unpredictable: “He was just degenerating on us to the point where we thought keeping Howie in the band was actually doing him more harm than getting rid of him. His personal problems were vast and serious.” He was interred at Second Home Cemetery in Greenfield, Wisconsin.

“We tried everything we could to reach him but it got to the point where his ability to do gigs was diminishing.” Finally, Petty took the decision to recall Ron Blair to the Heartbreakers. He said, “Eventually, we realized that we were just contributing to the problem. When you’re living a life where you really don’t have any responsibilities, it’s easy for evil forces to take over.”

“I’m devastated,” said Carlene Carter, the stepdaughter of country singer Johnny Cash and daughter of June Carter Cash. “I loved him very much. My kids thought of Howie as their father.”

Petty wrote the following in an article for Rolling Stone in response to Howie’s death: “…there’s a great sadness, because Howie was never not a Heartbreaker. He just got to where he couldn’t do it anymore. …It’s like you got a tree dying in the backyard. And you’re kind of used to the idea that it’s dying. But you look out there one day and they cut it down. And you just can’t imagine that beautiful tree isn’t there anymore.”

He is survived by brothers Craig and Bradley Epstein, and nieces Sarah, Samantha, and Hope.

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Anthony Durante

Durante died on September 25, 2003 along with his girlfriend, Dianna Hulsey, both from drug overdose of fentanyl.[3] He and his girlfriend were found after lying in their home dead for days, all while their two small children, a 21-month-old boy and 8-month-old girl, were apparently alone in the house among the bodies.

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Paige Summers

Death: Sep. 22, 2003
Morganton
Burke County
North Carolina, USA

Model. Born Nancy Ann Coursey in Loraine, Ohio, she spent most of her formative years in North Carolina. She had wanted to be a model from an early age and after high school she changed her name to Paige Summers and found success as an adult model, appearing in various publications including High Society and Cheri. Her most notable fame came from a pictorial in the August 1998 issue Penthouse Magazine which led to her being named Pet of the Year. In 2003, at the age of 27, she was semi-retired and engaged to a pharmacist but before they could be married she was found dead in his home from a combination of codeine and oxycodone. Image
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