Long-term use of drugs is often damaging to those who take them and the people around them; there are a number of celebs who lost it all to drugs, leading to their death.
With the constant pressure and inflow of cash these celebs handle, the regular use of drugs is sometimes their best option to block everything out. Unfortunately, every action has consequences.
Here are the celebrities who went a
little bit too far in the consumption and use of drugs, which not only cost them their career, but their lives too.
1. Amy Winehouse
Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz. She was one talented artist with an amazing voice beyond belief, but she had an ugly addiction she was fighting within that made her legacy fall short.
This award-winning artist had an appeal that stretched across multiple continents, but her struggles with drug and alcohol addiction for several years led to her early death.
2. Heath Ledger
Heathcliff Andrew “Heath” Ledger was an Australian actor and director; popular for his role as the “Joker” in the Batman movie “The Dark Kight”. He was known to use drugs socially, but rumor has it that he was sucked up by his character as the Joker, which led to his dependence on pills.
At some point, his then-girlfriend Michelle Williams tried to reach out, but he refused to go to rehab. He was addicted to heroin, cocaine and a variety of prescribed pills until his body gave in and he died from an intoxication accident of prescription drugs.
3. Whitney Houston
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. Whitney Houston was a true musical legend, and her songs and albums were at the top of the charts for several decades.
She had suffered a decline in her career due to her struggle with drugs; though she was trying to make a comeback, she unfortunately drowned in a bathtub due to cocaine overdose in 2012.
4. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was and is definitely one of the most popular artists in the world. However, his comeback tour came to an end due to his death from “acute intoxication”. Though Jackson fought many demons in his life and overcame most of them, this is the one that he could not beat.
5. Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain was an American musician who was best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Nirvana. Unfortunately, his drug addiction got the worst of him, which eventually led to a suicide.
His body was discovered on April 8, 1994, at his home at Lake Washington with a shotgun pointed at his chin. High concentration of heroin and diazepam were found in his body which possibly induced him to commit suicide.
6. Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Seymour Hoffman was an American actor, director, and producer; best known for his distinctive supporting and character roles (typically lowlifes, bullies, and misfits). The Oscar-winning actor struggled most of his life with drugs and alcohol addictions, including heroin and cocaine. He died in 2014 from a lethal mix of drugs.
7. Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”.
“Drug use was heavily implicated” in Presley’s death, writes Guralnick. “No one ruled out the possibility of anaphylactic shock brought on by the codeine pills … to which he was known to have had a mild allergy.” A pair of lab reports filed two months later each strongly suggested that polypharmacy was the primary cause of death; one reported “fourteen drugs in Elvis’ system, ten in significant quantity.
8. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress and model. Famous for playing “dumb blonde” characters. She became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, illustrative of the era’s attitudes towards sexuality.
Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood home by her psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, in the early hours of August 5, 1962. The toxicological analysis concluded that the cause of death was acute barbiturate poisoning, as she had 8 mg% of chloral hydrate and 4.5 mg% of pentobarbital (Nembutal) in her blood and a further 13 mg% of pentobarbital in her liver. Empty bottles containing these medicines were found next to her bed.
9. Pimp C
Chad Lamont Butler, better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American hip-hop recording artist and producer. He was best known for his work with Bun B as a founding member of the Underground Kingz.
Pimp C was found dead in a hotel in West Hollywood, California, on December 4, 2007. His death was attributed in part “to promethazine/codeine effects” in conjunction with preexisting sleep apnea.
Promethazine and codeine are active ingredients in a recreational drug called “syrup” or “purple drank” that Pimp C, like many other Southern rappers, referred to in their music.
10. Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress, and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy, winning the title of 1993 Playmate of the Year. On February 8, 2007, Smith was found dead in Room 607 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Her death was ultimately ruled an accidental drug overdose of the sedative chloral hydrate that became increasingly lethal when combined with other prescription drugs in her system, specifically four benzodiazepines: Klonopin (Clonazepam), Ativan (Lorazepam), Serax (Oxazepam), and Valium (Diazepam).
11. Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy-Monjack, known professionally as Brittany Murphy, was an American film and stage actress, singer, and voice artist. She died in 2009, the Los Angeles County coroner stated that the primary cause of Murphy’s death was pneumonia, with secondary factors of iron-deficiency anemia and multiple drug intoxication.
12. Cory Monteith
Cory Allan Michael Monteith was a Canadian actor and musician, known for his role as Finn Hudson on the Fox television series Glee. On Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the age of 31, Monteith was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver.
Monteith died from “a mixed drug toxicity” consisting of heroin and alcohol, his death appeared to have been accidental. Monteith also had codeine and morphine (both of which are metabolites of heroin) in his system at the time of his death, and he was found with drug paraphernalia that included a spoon with drug residue and a used hypodermic needle, as well as two empty bottles of champagne.
13. Rick James
Rick James was an American musician, composer, and actor. Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York.
On the morning of August 6, 2004, James’ caretaker found him dead in his Los Angeles home at the Oakwood Toluca Hills apartment complex. His autopsy found alprazolam, diazepam, bupropion, citalopram, hydrocodone, digoxin, chlorpheniramine, methamphetamine, and cocaine in his blood.
James’ lifelong drug abuse began in his teens, first with marijuana and heroin. James began using cocaine in the late 1960s. His cocaine use became an addiction by the 1980s.