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Hollywood Deaths: Celebrities Who Have Died from a Drug Overdose
When you think of Hollywood, there are three things that come to mind: fame, sex, and drugs. It seems like anyone who is attracted to the fame aspect of Hollywood manages to get caught up in one of the latter two. Maybe it's less prevalent, than it appears, but too often we hear of celebrity deaths due to drug use. Why does it affect those in Hollywood? What is it about the lifestyle that causes such a large group of people to struggle? Some say it's the stress of fame; others will say it is just as rampant in regular society and that Hollywood is no different.
This drug use brings out a poor image for our youth, and what is acceptable behavior. We can only hope that they get the message that excessive drug use can lead to death. Hollywood stars are quite notorious for their crazy antics, heavy drug use, partying, and drunkenness. Although I am sure there are the exceptions, there seems to be a higher prevalence amongst those in the public eye. That doesn't make their death less sad, or more sad for that matter. Every life is valuable, regardless of how they died, or how they lived. Each of these people were a son or a daughter, they had a mother or a father, perhaps a sister or a brother, some had children, but they ALL had someone who loved them.
Here is a brief list of others in the limelight that died before their times due to their wild lifestyles and bad choices:
Corey Haim - age 38, best known for the movie The Lost Boys. His face surfaced on almost all Teeny Bopper magazines in the eighties. Click here for more about Corey Haim.
Heath Ledger died in February 2008 - best known for acting in Brokeback Mountain and 10 Things I Hate About You. He died before he got to see his best work The Dark Knight revealed to the world. His death was considered an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Brad Renfro died in 2008- best known as an actor. He was best known for acting in The Client, The Cure and Tom and Huck. He died of an accidental heroin overdose.
Anna Nicole Smith whose real name was Vicky Lynn Hogan died in 2007 - best known for her Playboy stint, and her reality tv show. She died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
Dana Plato died in 1999 - best known for her acting in Different Strokes. She is believed to have committed suicide by taking an overdose of a painkiller due to the large dose found in her system, as well as her history of previous suicide attempts.
Chris Farley died in 1997 - best known as a comedian and made many movies including Tommy Boy and his numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live. He died of accidental cocaine overdose.
Jerry Garcia died in 1995 of a drug related heart attack - most well known for his amazing guitarist, singer, and songwriter with the Grateful Dead. His full name is Jerome John Garcia.
Kurt Cobain passed away in 1994 after leaving rehab for drug abuse and then committing suicide. He left behind a note for his wife Courtney love and his daughter. He was best known for being the lead singer of Nirvana. Click here to read more about Kurt Cobain.
Elvis Presley aka the King died in 1977 - best known for his singing and swaying hips, but also acted in several films like Love me Tender. Although there is a long standing belief that he is not truly dead due to the hero worship many gave him. His death report states, Cardiac arrhythmia. Click here to read more about Elvis Presley.
Jim Morrison died in 1971 - best known for being a lyricist for The Doors. He was a singer, songwriter, and filmmaker. His death report states that he died of heart failure. Although it is believed that his favorite drug was LSD.
Jimi Hendrix died in 1970 - best known as a guitarist and for his distinctive clothes. He died of an accidental drug overdose. His drugs of choice were marijuana, pep pills, and cocaine. Click here for more about Jimi Hendrix.
Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose in 1970 - and was most well known for her amazing voice.
Judy Garland born Frances Ethel Gumm died in 1969- best known for acting especially in The Wizard of Oz and repeated starring opposite Mickey Rooney. She died of an accidental overdose. Click here for more about Judy Garland.
Marilyn Monroe born Norma Jean Mortensen died in 1962 - best known for being a blond beauty who was both a singer and actress. She starred in Some Like it Hot! She grew up most of her childhood in various foster homes. She eventually died of a drug overdose. Click here for more about Marilyn Monroe.
Though I know there are many more, it is sad that so many have such a preventable death. The pressures of Hollywood may have done them in, but hopefully someday this pattern will stop. If you want to see a tribute to some of these talented women and men, there is a nice video to the bottom.
© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz