#39 John Belushi
Born: January 24th, 1949
Died: March 5th, 1982
Age at death: 33
Cause of death: Combined drug intoxication
John Belushi, one of the seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, died from combined drug intoxication after drug dealer Cathy Smith injected him a fatal mixture of heroin and cocaine known as speedball. Smith was charged with involuntary manslaughter and served fifteen months in prison.
Belushi’s heavy drug use threatened his comedy career multiple times. In fact, he was dismissed and rehired on SNL on several occasions due to this. In addition to SNL, his other acting credits include comedy movies 1941, National Lampoon’s Animal House, and The Blues Brothers. Belushi was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.