Who would have thought that the king of rock n roll will meet his end on the toilet seat? But Destiny! On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died sitting on the throne in his Graceland mansion. When Elvis could not sleep, he told his fiancee Ginger Alden that he was going to read in the bathroom. The next morning Ginger found him lying on the toilet floor with the book he was reading titled, ‘The Scientific Search For The Face Of Jesus’. He died of a cocktail of ten prescription medications—including morphine and Demerol—coupled with a shot of codeine he received while getting a crown at the dentist.
The American actress also renowned for her contralto vocals took her last breath in the washroom. For most of her life, Judy had a secret affair with ‘Pep Pills’, the drug provided to her by the studio to keep her thin and energetic. Her personal life was a pure disaster and at the age of 47 she gave love a final chance by getting married for the fifth time to Mickey Deans. But, things didn’t seem to get any better. On June 22, 1969, Deans found Garland dead in the bathroom of their rented mews house in Chelsea, London. When she was discovered, her head was bent forward, hands folded in her lap and blood was coming out of her mouth and nostrils.
Stand-up comic Lenny Bruce inspired many comedians with his humour and paved the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians. But his drug habit led to his culmination. After numerous arrests for performing “obscene” material, Bruce’s career hit the skids, and his heroin addiction spiralled out of control. On August 3, 1966, at the age of 41, Bruce was found in the bathroom naked, sitting on the can with a needle still stuck in his arm.
Producer Don Simpson had a long history of drug abuse. He had been using cocaine since the 1980s, but increased his usage over the years. Though he was famous for 80s blockbusters such as Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop, but was also infamous in Hollywood circles for his erratic mood swings. His career crashed and burned in the 90s, but Simpson’s excesses only grew. When police discovered his lifeless body in the bathroom on January 19, 1996, they also found 2,200 pills arranged alphabetically in his closet.