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May 31, 2004 Rock guitarist Robert Quine, known for collaborations with Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, and Tom Waits, commits suicide by heroin overdose at age 61.

March 10, 2004 Dave Blood (bass guitarist for The Dead Milkmen) commits suicide via drug overdose at age 47.

March 6, 2004 David Crosby (of The Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) is arrested on marijuana and weapons charges in New York City (he's given a $5,000 fine and a conditional discharge).

November 5, 2003 Bobby Hatfield (of The Righteous Brothers) dies of a cocaine-induced heart attack at age 63.

June 1, 2003 Slipknot bass player Paul Gray is arrested after colliding with another car in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray, who dies from an overdose on May 24, 2010, is charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drunk-driving.

May 21, 2003 Ike Turner is refused entry into Japan because of a past drug conviction.

May 13, 2003 Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong pleads guilty to selling drug paraphernalia over the Internet.

October 20, 2002 A man identifying himself as Kid Rock's personal assistant is charged with felony and misdemeanor drug possession after a traffic stop on Rock's tour bus on the Florida Turnpike. Officers find a small amount of cocaine, two marijuana cigarettes, a glass pipe, and rolling papers on Kevin J. McMahon's person and in his luggage. He is released from jail on $16,000 bond.

May 30, 2002 Diana Ross enters a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Los Angeles.

May 13, 2002 Dionne Warwick is arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana when screeners find 11 marijuana cigarettes inside a lipstick container. Charges are dropped after she does an anti-drug public service announcement.

November 16, 2000 29-year-old rapper DJ Screw (real name: Robert Earl Davis, Jr.) is found dead in a Houston recording studio. The coroner finds large amounts of codeine and other prescription drugs in his system.

August 17, 1999 Derek Longmuir of the Bay City Rollers is arraigned on charges of possession of illegal drugs and child pornography. He is sentenced to 300 hours of community service.

August 14, 1999 Former teen idol Leif Garrett pleads guilty to drug possession in Los Angeles and is ordered into rehab.

June 29, 1999 Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine.

October 23, 1998 The "White Rabbit" case comes to a close when a court supports the superintendent at Fort Zumwalt High School in St. Louis, and his decision that the marching band cannot play the song in their act as it contains drug references.

September 15, 1998 Coolio is arrested in Lawndale, California, and cited for driving on the wrong side of the road with an expired license. He is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana. His trouble with the law doesn't hurt his TV career, as he makes frequent appearances on shows like Fear Factor and Hollywood Squares.

May 9, 1998 Blues musician Lester Butler dies of a heroin and cocaine overdose at age 38.

April 2, 1998 Robert Pilatus of Milli Vanilli dies at age 32 after overdosing on a combination of drugs and alcohol.

February 6, 1998 Austrian singer-songwriter Falco (Hans Hölzel) dies in a car crash while under the influence of cocaine and alcohol, just two weeks shy of his 41st birthday.

January 21, 1998 James Brown is released from a South Carolina hospital after undergoing treatment for an addiction to painkillers.

January 15, 1998 James Brown is admitted to a South Carolina hospital for addiction to painkillers.

November 3, 1997 In Santa Monica, California, Billy Preston is sentenced to three years in prison for cocaine possession and violating parole.

October 15, 1997 Virginia concert promoter Patricia Ann Richardson files suit against Snoop Doggy Dogg, his former manager Sharitha Knight, and Death Row Records for allegedly tricking her into transporting packages containing seven pounds of marijuana to a venue where Snoop Doggy Dogg was performing. Richardson claims she was stopped, searched and arrested by local, state and federal law enforcement officers at the entrance to the club.

September 29, 1997 Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan is arrested for cocaine possession in Winnipeg. He is later released on $5,000 bond.

October 8, 1996 Jimmy Chamberlin, charged with drug possession, pleads guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. The Smashing Pumpkins drummer was shooting heroin with touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin in July when Melvoin overdosed and died. Chamberlin was fired from the band, but returns in 1999.

August 21, 1996 Rick James gets out of jail after serving two years of a five-year sentence for holding a woman hostage during a drug binge.

August 5, 1996 Soul singer Wilson Pickett checks into a court-ordered rehab for cocaine addiction.

July 22, 1996 Donovan has to cancel a North American tour when he is denied entry to the US because of a 1966 marijuana possession conviction.

April 4, 1996 More trouble for Wilson Pickett, who after serving a one-year jail sentence in 1994 is arrested at his New Jersey home and charged with possession of two grams of cocaine. Still on probation, he enters a rehab center in August.

August 23, 1995 Industrial/techno musician Dwayne Goettel (of Skinny Puppy) dies of a heroin overdose in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, at age 31.

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