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Most Tragic Celebrity Overdose Deaths of All Time

Addiction Alexa Iocco | December 17, 2021

Most Tragic Celebrity Overdose Deaths of All Time

Celebrities Who Lost Their Lives to Drug Overdoses 

To millions of people all over the world, celebrities are akin to gods. Celebrities seemingly have everything that they could ever want or need. They have money, enormous houses, and a multitude of people that are there to cater to any of their needs. However, the reality is that, at the end of the day, a celebrity is a human being who is susceptible to the same types of faults and vices as any other person. There are also tremendous pressures associated with being in the Hollywood spotlight. Since celebrities feel the schedule that is laid down for them, they often turn to other alternatives to keep themselves going. In many cases, these substances include drugs or alcohol. Similar to the “common person” substance use begins to slowly, however, this type of abuse is ultimately something that takes over their life. Here are just a handful of celebrities who have tragically lost their lives as a result of an overdose.  

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Cory Monteith 

Cory Monteith rose to fame as one of the stars of the hit television show “Glee”. His substance abuse issues developed at an early age. In fact, Monteith first went to a rehab facility when he was just 19 years old. Although he worked hard at his sobriety, he would ultimately fall back into his addictive ways and go back to rehab in April of 2013 when he realized that he needed a higher level of help. Unfortunately, it was just a few months later on July 13, 2013, that Monteith was found unresponsive in a hotel in Vancouver. It was determined that he passed away as a result of a deadly mix of heroin and alcohol. Cory Monteith was just 31 years old. 

Prince 

Prince was a musical icon around the world. Sadly, unbeknownst to his fans, Prince had fallen into a deadly habit of being addicted to painkillers. On April 21, 2016, at the age of just 57, Prince was found unresponsive in the elevator of his mansion in Paisley Park. It was determined a few weeks later that Prince was killed as a result of an accidental overdose. Officials discovered that Prince believed that he was taking Vicodin, however, it was found that what he had consumed was actually a counterfeit painkiller that had been laced with synthetic opioid fentanyl. 

Judy Garland 

Judy Garland’s star rose to fame after she starred as Dorothy in the timeless classic “The Wizard of Oz”. Garland began her career in Hollywood incredibly young and was exposed to addictive drugs at a very young age as a way to curb her appetite and help her to sleep. However, her drug addiction would spiral out of control at certain points in her life. Although Judy Garland was an unbelievable talent, her life was cut short at the age of 47 on June 22, 1969. She was found on the floor of her bathroom in her London home as a result of what officials deemed “an incautious self-overdose”. 

Chris Farley 

Chris Farley was an unbelievably funny comedian. He gained national attention for his numerous roles on “Saturday Night Live”. Only those that were close to him knew that he struggled with a serious addiction to drugs. At the young age of 33, he was found dead in his Chicago apartment. Investigators found that the contributing factors of his death were a combination of excessive amounts of cocaine and heroin. 

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Jimi Hendrix 

Any classic rock fan will know the name, Jimi Hendrix. Although he rose to international fame, he also struggled with an addiction to barbiturates that quickly took over his career and his life. Although his death wasn’t officially ruled as an “overdose”, he did pass away as a result of being under the influence of barbiturates. He ultimately died as a result of asphyxia because he choked on his own vomit. After his death, a woman that had been with Hendrix immediately prior to his passing stated that he had taken nine Vesparax sleeping pills that had been prescribed to her. Jimi Hendrix was just 27 years old. 

Verne Troyer 

People typically believe that an overdose is something that can only be triggered as a result of a drug overdose, however, it’s also possible for a person to overdose from alcohol. Verne Troyer is an example of a celebrity that passed away as a result of an alcohol overdose. He gained worldwide fame for his role as “Mini Me” in the Austin Powers film series. He was only 49 when he passed away in 2018. 

Philip Seymour Hoffman 

Philip Seymour Hoffman was a critically acclaimed actor who was recognized for his tremendous talents all over the world. However, just to keep up with his career and schedule, Hoffman turned to a deadly combination of drugs. Hoffman was open about the fact that he had suffered from addiction in his 20s, however, he maintained that he had been able to maintain his sobriety for over 20 years. However, he relapsed in 2013 and committed to a rehab program shortly thereafter. Hoffman was not able to maintain his sobriety, however, and was found dead in his apartment on February 2, 2014, as a result of a deadly combination of illegal drugs. 

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Going through the motions of coming to a treatment facility to combat your addiction isn’t enough to overcome your addiction, however. It’s important to understand that there is a psychological aspect of addiction that must be addressed as well. This is one of the reasons why you will be encouraged to actively participate in the different forms of therapy that are offered during treatment. You will have the opportunity to participate in group therapy, individual therapy, and behavioral therapy during treatment. 

Another form of therapy that you should commit to is family therapy. Keep in mind that it’s possible that your addiction can also negatively impact the relationship that you have with your family. It’s likely that they will either completely break off their relationship with you or they may distance themselves from you, particularly during the times that you’re under the influence of your drug of choice. Family therapy can help your loved ones back together which is something that can help you as you work through your addiction treatment and provide you with the additional support and love that you need. 

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, our goal is to help you to reach the goals that you have for yourself and your sobriety. We work personally with every client that walks through the doors of our facility to help them to develop a recovery program that suits their needs. Regardless of whether you commit to an inpatient or an outpatient program, you can take comfort in the fact that our recovery team will be there for you and with you every step of the way. For more information about our treatment programs, please get in touch with us at (888) 458-0050. 

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