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10 Fallen Stars and Their Toxicology Reports


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Sid Vicious (birth name : John Ritchie)
Sid Vicious' mother injected him with heroin and he died in bed.
Sid Vicious' mother injected him with heroin and he died in bed.
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Date of Death: February 2, 1979

Age at Death: 21

Profession: Singer

Toxicology Details: The body was autopsied by Dr. Michael Baden, the New York City Chief Coroner, who determined that while Vicious was normally using only a 5 percent solution of heroin, the heroin in his system was 80 percent pure, ensuring an overdose. In addition, the autopsy showed that Vicious had drowned on his own fluids, common in persons who overdosed on heroin

Notes: Only days after his release from Bellevue and just before he was about to stand trial for the murder of Nancy Spungen -- Sid Vicious' mother injected him with heroin and he died in bed. She later admitted that she knowingly gave her son enough drugs to kill two people. In a bizarre deathbed confession, Anne Ritchie justified taking her son's life by saying, 'There was no way that Sid would have been able to cope with life behind bars.


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