Addiction: a sad fatality
In Hollywood, addictions of all kinds are common. For many stars, alcohol and drugs represent an irresistible escape and this encounter is often fatal. There are many stars who fall into the hell of addiction. The list of celebrities who have left this world is unfortunately a long one, those who sadly failed to fight their demons.
Unfortunately, this global scourge does not only affect the world of glitter and glitz, and overall, the figures are still alarming.
What happened to our idols?
The stars on this list unfortunately failed to overcome their addictions and left us far too young.
Ex-fan of the sixties or the “27 Club”
Do you remember the tragic fate following an alcohol or drug overdose of Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Brian Jones? All died in full glory at the age of 27, from overdoses of alcohol or drugs.
In 2011, Amy Winehouse, one of the most influential singers of the 2000s, died of alcohol poisoning. Their points in common, well beyond that of all being well-known stars, remains their ages. All were only 27 years old.
The stars named above join Jim Morrison of the Doors, also aged 27 at the time of his death. These dark colours that come in to blacken those wonderfully talented lives, proves that there is no way out, if we do not put anything in place, if we do not ask for help, if we let disease gain ground.
The stars with their products of choice
Creating several media scandals, the sad fate of Whitney Houston marked many fans. Plunged into the hell of drugs, this legend died at the age of 48, following a cocaine overdose which caused a heart attack.
When drugs and alcohol lead to suicide
American star Marilyn Monroe, who died on the night of August 5, 1962, in her villa in Brentwood, near Los Angeles, is said to have committed suicide with a drug overdose, then aged 36. For other nations in the world, the tragic disappearance of actress Romy Schneider, similarly found dead in her apartment in Paris as a result of the abuse of sleeping pills and alcohol on the night of May 29, 1982, marked much of Europe forever. This popular European film star died when she was only 44 years old.
Popular international DJ, Avicii, was just 28 years old at his death in 2018. He took his own life following illness due to severe alcohol and drug abuse. This sensitive guru, well known to young people throughout the world, found fame, fortune and fans very hard to deal with, suffering from stress, anxiety and depression after he became well-known.
A few years later, it was Michael Jackson's turn. On June 29, 2009, the music world lost one of its kings. Completely dependent on narcotics, a whole myth collapsed around Michael Jackson, who was then 50 years old. Sleeping pills, antidepressants and analgesics, he used all the subterfuges in increasingly strong doses, which almost certainly caused an accidental death following an overdose of Propofol. The singer has always been known to have a weakness for drugs.
Soul diva of the 2000s, a British singer endowed with a great talent with a unique soul voice and singer on the immensely successful album Back to Black, Amy Winehouse was the target of the British tabloids. Found dead in her Camden Square home on July 23, 2011, she left to join the "27 club" after a long period of abstinence. "Rehab" NO NO NO leaves little ambiguity about the subject of her song, the personal story of Amy Winehouse has become her biggest hit.
Like the late Amy Winehouse, do all these souls that were lost to the point of giving up their lives, serve as a lesson to us? Should we make it into a strength by spreading their stories widely? It would take stupidity and irrationality to find a relationship between all these people. In all cases, the stars are easily singled out, always prey to many journalists, paparazzi on the lookout for a possible loss of control, pointing out any form of disease as a weakness.
Yet, wouldn't it be easier to point a finger at the solutions, rather than simply point at the downfall of these people? Addictions remain no less than a global scourge. A word to the wise.