Not all great artists die young. Sometimes we just notice the deaths of young people more. The world of the arts, though, can be a world of high-risk behaviors, including drug use. The person just starting out, painting in his parents' suburban home, hasn't yet entered that world of those who have gained a considerable measure of success. Much of the time it's when someone does become part of that "fast life" when he risks his own physical and/or mental health in one way or another.