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Discovery Fit and Health
By Discovery Fit and Health Writers
Date of Death: December 18, 1997
Age at Death: 33
Toxicology Details: Tests showed high levels of morphine, cocaine and a cocaine-related chemical in Farley’s blood, and notes were made that heart disease contributed “significantly” to his death.
“Therapeutic” amounts of the anti-depressant drug Prozac and an antihistamine were also found in Farley’s bloodstream, and traces of the active drug in marijuana showed up in his urine, but none contributed to his death, reports said.
Notes: Farley acted in the television show Saturday Night Live for a number of years and starred in movies including Tommy Boy and Beverly Hills Ninja. Drug and alcohol abuse were a constant part of Farley’s life and eventually caused problems with his career. Farley died at the age of 33 as a result of an accidental speedball overdose. Long term drug and alcohol addiction (and possibly his obesity) contributed to his death. A similar combination, heroin and cocaine, killed Mr. Farley’s idol, the comedian John Belushi, in 1982.