Drug abuse is engulfing our young generation faster than anything, but who cares! It’s the part of this materialistic world they say. However, in case of popular stars and celebrities, it’s a matter of huge media outbreaks and bad influence on the fans. History has seen great stars falling into the pit of addiction when they were at the peak of their careers. Some of them could get out, and others overdosed themselves to death. There are people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Bill Clinton, and some influential personalities from the field of sciences, such as Sigmund Freud, who confessed their experiment with drugs like LSD, opium and marijuana, but did not allow those to destroy their lives. However, not all those who did the same could get out of them. Here is the list of top 10 famous drug addicts.
10. Lindsay Lohan:
Lohan, a popular American actress and recording artist, began as a child star at the age of five when she made appearances in many commercials. She won several MTV Movie Awards including the ‘Teen Choice Awards’ during her career. As she grew to be an adult, with fame came her experiments with drugs and psychedelic substances. In 2007, she was arrested with heroin, and was even sent to rehabilitation center for treatment. Her addiction and drunkard dances at public places made her a universal example of drug addicts. Presently, she is trying to reform her life, but god knows what the future holds for her.
9. Snoop Dogg
Who hasn’t heard about Snoop Dogg, prominent American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor! His addiction for marijuana is known to the world as much apparently as to himself. He was busted many times for the possession of weed, but he continued anyway. He is famous not because of his addiction, but for his album sales, which have gone over 30 million worldwide. However, substance abuse keeps him in the books of infamy as well.
8. River Phoenix:
With over 24 films and numerous TV appearances, American actor and musician, Phoenix claimed the status of ‘Teen Sensation’. He was into this profession from a very young age, and continued successfully through his adulthood. He was an ecological activist as well. Even the media never knew he was into drugs till he suddenly died of drug induced heart attack at a tender age of 23. Autopsy established the presence of a high level of cocaine and morphine in his blood.
7. Marilyn Monroe:
She was known to the world as one of the greatest ‘sex symbols’ of 1950s and 60s. The beauty and sex appeal of this American actress, singer, and model ruled over her fans for a while. However, behind that pretty face, was a girl suffering with mental illness. With her fame came alcoholism, amphetamines and other barbiturates in her life. Marilyn Monroe became an addict to psychiatric drugs, and in 1962, she committed suicide by swallowing 25 Nembutals, and 40 capsules of chloral hydrate. She was 36.
6. Jim Morrison (The Doors):
Morrison does not need an introduction. This highly talented singer, songwriter, and poet, is best known for his association with ‘The Doors’ band. In his personal life, he was dependent on alcohol and heroin. Choosing a tragic end, he overdosed himself with heroin and died at the young age of 27 in Paris.
5. Jimi Hendrix:
In the history of popular music, Hendrix rose to the position of most influential guitarists, and was one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. In 1992, he was inducted into the ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ and the ‘UK Music Hall of Fame’ in 2005. However, he was often in news for his addiction for psychedelic drugs such as lysergic acid diethylamide, heroin, and hashish. Hendrix died of asphyxiain in 1970. He was intoxicated with barbiturates and aspirated his own vomit.
4. Whitney Houston:
She entered her name into ‘Guinness World Records’ for the most awarded female, and was listed among the world’s best-selling music artists. Whitney Houston was found dead in her guest room at The Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California on February 11, 2012. Overdose of cocaine and a sudden cardiac arrest drowned her in the bath tub.
3. Janis Joplin:
Joplin, the American singer and songwriter, was also known as the ‘Queen of Rock n Roll’ in late 1960s. Some called her ‘psychedelic soul’ as well. She received fame as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band and later with the ‘Kozmic Blues’ band. However, on the darker side of her life, she struggled from heroin addiction throughout her life, and was found dead at Landmark Motor Hotel in West Hollywood. The cause was overdose of heroin with alcohol.
2. Robert Downey Jr.:
The luckiest man among the worst cases of drug addiction, known best for his superhero character Iron Man and genius detective Sherlock Holmes, Downey was one of the worst cases in the list of famous drug addicts. His father himself was an addict, who allowed his son to use weed just at the age of six. From 1996 to 2001, Downey got busted several times with heroin, cocaine and marijuana, and went through unsuccessful drug treatment programs as well. Now, he is out of it and for the last Iron Man movie, he was paid $33 million. Can you believe that?
1. Kurt Cobain:
The lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Nirvana, the popular grunge band, Kurt Cobain had his first experience with weeds at a young age of 13, but during his adulthood, he found himself drowned in heroin and LSD. He lived with addiction for several years, and was found dead at his Lake Washington home on April 8, 1994. A high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were found in his blood.