On This Day…

Judy Garland Dies of Overdose

June 22, 1969

Famed actress and singer Judy Garland dies due to “an incautious self-overdosage of barbiturates.” Her blood contained the equivalent of ten Seconal capsules, however, her autopsy showed no inflammation of the stomach lining and no drug residue in the stomach, which indicated that the drug had been ingested over a long period of time, rather than in a single dose.
She died three months after marrying her fifth husband. The official cause of death was ruled an accidental overdose.