Becoming famous may be a dream for many people around the planet, and why wouldn’t it be? A lot of people crave attention, and when you are famous, you do not need to even try to do anything special to become the talk of the town! But the biggest stars know that fame comes with many obstacles and constantly being in the limelight is not easy. It is not uncommon for famous people to have emotional and personal problems, but some of them may find it so difficult to deal with their popularity that they turn to drugs. Here is a list of stars who died after spiraling into drug abuse.
1. Kurt Cobain
The frontman of grunge rock band Nirvana was famous for singing iconic songs like “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. The troubled musician shocked the world by leaving a suicide note and taking a shotgun to the mouth in 1994. High concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were found in the body of the 27 year old.
2. Jimi Hendrix
Guitar-lord and songwriter Jimi Hendrix is one of the most celebrated instrumentalists of the 20th century, even though his career spanned just four years. He was found dead in 1970 due to barbiturate intoxication, just one year after he was acquitted for the possession of heroin. He was aged 27.
3. Judy Garland
Judy Garland was an American actress and singer who was famous for her singing and acting career, but is most known for playing the role of Dorothy Gale in movie The Wizard of Oz. She was found dead in the bathroom of her London house in 1969, aged 47. The coroner later found that she died due to an overdose of barbiturates.
4. Jim Morrison
The charismatic 27 year old frontman of psychedelic rock band The Doors was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment in 1971. The band was well known for their complex instrumental work and poetic lyrics, and they have created songs like “Break On Through (to the other side)” and “Riders on the Storm”. Although the exact cause of his death is still disputed, it is widely believed that he died of an accidental heroin overdose.
5. Hillel Slovak
Hillel Slovak was the founding member of American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are famous for worldwide hits such as “Can’t Stop”, “Snow” and “Californication”. He was found dead in his Hollywood apartment in 1988, but it was only during his autopsy that it was found out that he died two days earlier due to a heroin overdose.