There has been no shortage of celebrities who have died from a drug overdose. The reality is very sad and who really knows for sure why it happens the way that it does. It could be due to the tough life that celebrities live. Although they have fame and all the money in the world, the pressure to perform can be overwhelming.
It’s also probably very difficult to live a life of stardom that means that you can’t go anywhere without being recognized or bothered, and you’re limited in your ability to be free to do what you want like a normal human being. Everything has to be done in secret or with bodyguards, and the times that celebrities don’t spend working or on the road is spent getting the much needed rest and privacy they receive from their private, secluded villas.
With this being said, this could be the reason that celebrities turn to drugs. The answer isn’t one-dimensional, however. The reason that any individual turns to drugs varies on their personalities, their upbringing, and their friends and lifestyle, among other factors. What begins as a simple way to have fun, as alcohol often is, can quickly turn into an addiction, and can all too quickly take a life. Here are examples of celebrities who were victims of such a misfortune.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
People will recognize this name for different reasons. He was an incredibly gifted actor and appeared in over 45 different movies during his long career. Hoffman was not only present on the silver screen, he was also a well known theatre actor and lived and died in New York City.
He was famous for character roles and often played a misfit, or a lowlife, or something along those lines. He is most recently recognizable for playing the head gamemaker in The Hunger Games Trilogy. Hoffman died in his New York City apartment and was found with a syringe still in his arm. He was said to have struggled with drugs for many years prior, but it was heroin that ultimately took his life at 41 years old.
It might only be the younger generations that know this name. Cory Monteith was famous for playing Finn in the popular TV show Glee. It is reported that Monteith struggled with substance abuse from the young age of 12, left school at 16, and was directed towards treatment and rehabilitation by his family by the time he was 19.
He returned to rehab in 2013, but the addiction proved too much and Monteith died in July of 2013 due to a combination of alcohol and heroin.
It never gets easier, and it is a shame to lose some of the world’s most talented individuals to drugs. The course to avoid this travesty is debatable amongst the world, but it’s easy to see that drugs are a problem that not only take life but instigate crime, greed and evil into this world all the same. Rest in peace Seymour and Monteith. We will remember your legacy.