Janis Joplin rose to stardom in the 1960’s being the lead vocalist of the Big Brother & the Holding Company group of musicians. She later went on to turn into a solo performer and song author. It was no secret to any who knew her that she experienced an addiction to drugs and alcohol.
On October 3, 1970 just after making a recording she decided to go for a few drinks with one of the group members and then came back to her room where she was discovered the following day lifeless of an evident illegal drug over dose. The autopsy that followed would afterwards demonstrate that the heroin she attained the night before, from a dependable source, was so pure it had been 8 times the potency that she had typically taken, forcing her system to shut down. The batch of heroin that she acquired that heartbreaking night was also presented to many others, eight of which encountered their loss of life also.