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12 Black Celebs Who Succumbed to Drug Overdose

Rob Pilatus (June 8, 1965 – April 2, 1998)

Rob Pilatus was half of the pop music duo Milli Vanilli, the group that suffered public disgrace in November 1990, when their producer outed them for lip-syncing on their records.

In the years following the collapse of Milli Vanilli,  Pilatus struggled with substance abuse and even attempted suicide.

In 1998, on the eve of a promotional tour for a newly completed Milli Vanilli album, Pilatus, 32, was found dead from an accidental alcohol and methadone overdose in a Frankfurt, Germany, hotel room.



Chris Kelly (Aug. 11, 1978–May 1, 2013)

Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, died of a drug overdose on May 1, 2013. His mother  said he used cocaine and heroine the night before his death, and an autopsy report  revealed the illegal  drugs were in his system. He was  32 years old.


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