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.
6. Elvis Presley
Actor and singer Elvis Presley is known as the “King of Rock and Roll” for his unique style in creating songs like Jailhouse Rock, Can’t Help Falling in Love and Suspicious Minds. The 42 year old pop-icon was found dead on his bathroom floor at his home in 1977. He reportedly died due to an overdose of a number of prescriptive drugs including morphine and valium.
7. Whitney Houston
American singer, actress, model and producer Whitney Houston was most famous for singing the massively famous “I Will Always Love You” and for playing the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard. The 48 year old star was found submerged in her bathtub at her Beverly Hills Hotel suite, shortly before her pre-Grammy party. It was later found that she had consumed cocaine and other drugs shortly before her death.
8. Heath Ledger
Australian actor and director was known for playing roles in movies like Brokeback Mountain and 10 Things I Hate About You, before giving his final and most memorable performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight. He was found unconscious in his bed by his housekeeper in 2008 and soon died due to a cardiac arrest caused by prescription drug intoxication.
9. Marilyn Monroe
Considered to be most popular sex symbols of the previous century, Marilyn Monroe was famous for acting in a number of movies during her decade-long career. The actress and model was found dead in her bedroom by her psychiatrist due to acute barbiturate poisoning.
10. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymore Hoffman was known for his numerous supporting and titular roles in movies like Mission Impossible 3, The Big Lebowski and The Hunger Games, even won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Capote. The actor was founded dead due to a heroin overdose in 2014.
11. Sid Vicious
Sid Vicious was the bassist of English punk rock band Sex Pistols. He died in his sleep ater reportedly consuming a fatal dose of heroin after getting released from New York’s Rikers Island Jail.
12. Corey Monteith
Corey Monteith is best known for playing the role of Finn Hudson in the popular TV series Glee. The 31 year old star was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver after reportedly consuming alcohol and heroin.
So there you have it! Twelve people who influenced pop culture around the world while struggling with their own personal demons, and unfortunately losing the battle. These people showed the world that fame could wreak havoc to your personal and professional life if it is not handled properly. At the same time, it goes to show that our obsession with their personal lives and the notorious work of paparazzi does have an effect on the mental and physical health of celebrities. Despite their mistakes, the world will feel the effect of their untimely departure because of what they have contributed to their art.