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DJ Rashad Sunday night overdose: Who he followed in death

DJ Rashad, the pioneer of "Footwork" is dead at the age of 35 due to an overdose of drugs.
DJ Rashad, the pioneer of "Footwork" is dead at the age of 35 due to an overdose of drugs.
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Hours before the We On 1 EP came out for DJ Rashad Harden, the Chicago musician followed in the footsteps of Kurt Cobain and other famous celebrities before him, overdosing on drugs, according to a Yahoo News report April 28, 2014.

The 35-year-old began his musical and #Footwork career when he was in the second grade, spending 20 years perfecting his craft. But on Sunday night, all that ended, despite his climbing to the eighth best dance album chart with Double Cup, according to a Rolling Stones ranking. The Rolling Stones reported that an autopsy has been scheduled for Sunday.

Rashad follows a long list of celebrities who have lost their life to addiction, some of them musicians, like him, and some of them actors and comedians. They include the most famous, like Elvis Presley, Heath Ledger, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Whitney Houston, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, Jim Morrison of The Doors, and jazz singer Billie Holiday.

Sid Vicious, the bassist for the punk rock band Sex Pistols, Dee Dee Ramone of the punk rock band the Ramones, and Hillel Slovak, the founding member of the Red Hot Peppers also lost their lives to addiction, as did Janis Joplin, Marilyn Monroe and River Phoenix.

Others who have succumbed to their addictions, according to Radar Online, include the Glee TV series star Cory Monteith, Diff'rent Strokes child star Dana Plato, Peter Farndon of The Pretenders, comedians Lenny Bruce, Chris Farly and John Belushi, who was also an actor, and even Judy Garland and Corey Haim, as well as Anna Nicole Smith, a former Playboy.