It’s not a big secret that drugs and alcohol are a huge part of Hollywood culture. We have, unfortunately, lost a number of great actors and musicians due to their addictions. One of the newest drugs of choice in the Hollywood community, especially among hip hop artists, is “sizzurp,” or promethazine codeine. This purple drink is a concoction of heavy cough syrup or painkillers and liquor, and is sometimes spiked with other drugs. Of course, sizzurp is often used as a gateway drug at parties, and makes it particularly difficult for some celebrities to get rid of their other addictions.
There have been songs written about this dangerous concoction, and even though an overdose can be deadly, it seems that there are some stars who just can’t get enough. Young fans of these celebrities are also trying sizzurp at parties and casual get-togethers, and the results have often been devastating. Like all drugs, sizzurp has the tendency to potentially ruin a person’s entire life. Some celebrities have been unable to function at work, and it’s likely that many of these famous people will never be completely the same again. Here are 12 celebrities whose lives have gone downhill—all because of sizzurp.
12 Jamarcus Russell
Jamarcus Russell was once a #1 draft pick for the NFL, and formerly played for LSU. That is, until he got caught with sizzurp and was arrested in 2010. After the incident, he attempted to make a comeback in football in 2013, but it appears that the league just didn’t want to take another chance on him. It is reported that Russell is still clean, and perhaps he’ll try to get back into the career he loves again at some point. This is a classic story of how drugs can ruin a person’s professional career before it even truly begins. Of course, we haven’t heard much from Russell since his arrest.
11 Lil Boosie
Torrence Hatch, better known as Lil Boosie (or Boosie Badazz) is a rapper from Louisiana. He is perhaps more famous for the time he spent in jail (many of his fans had t-shirts and hats printed with the “free Boosie” logo) than his actual rap career. Unfortunately, Boosie is also known for his addiction to sizzurp, and admitted that consuming the drug nearly killed him on several occasions. Lil Boosie is also for sizzurp being taken off the market, although some other rappers, like Soulja Boy, disagree. Recently, Lil Boosie announced that he had kidney cancer, but it was later revealed that the story wasn’t true. However, Lil Boosie refutes claims that he lied about the cancer story, and very likely has other health problems stemming from his former drug addiction.
10 Johnny Jolly
Johnny Jolly is a player for the Green Bay Packers, and he almost put his professional football career in jeopardy due to his love for “sizzurp.” Jolly was caught three times with large amounts of the poisonous substance, with the intention to sell the drug, and he had to serve time in prison in 2011 because of this. Jolly was fortunately able to get his spot back on the Green Bay Packers (he is no longer playing football due to an injury), but he’ll always have the stigma of being a drug dealer hanging over his head. Jolly is also the first Green Bay Packer since 2000 to go to trial for felony charges.
9 Chief Keef
Chicago rapper Chief Keef is “famous” for a lot of things. However, many of these things aren’t positive. Keef has been arrested several times, mostly for drug-related charges, and there have also been reports that he has had his children around drugs often. Chief Keef’s arrests are actually greater than his Billboard hits, which is probably why he hasn’t come out with any new music in a while. The rapper also admits that he hates being sober, which is definitely not a good sign. Hopefully, his family and friends will convince him to get the help he needs as soon as possible.
8 Beanie Sigel
Rapper Beanie Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was a big hit in the 1990s, and worked heavily with Jay-Z and Damon Dash when brands like Roc Nation and Roca Wear were pretty popular. However, Sigel has struggled for years with codeine addiction, and his career has never quite bounced back. In 2012, Sigel was arrested for having weapons in his possession, and for having several bottles of codeine. He talks about his time in jail and the negative things that have happened in his life in his music, and his die-hard fans still support him. Still, it’s pretty clear that his music career will never be the same again, and drugs are a huge reason for this.
7 Gucci Mane
Rapper Gucci Mane, whose real name is Radrick Davis, is known for several things, and most of them aren’t all that great. While he still has devoted fans, he’s more known for being in and out of jail than for his music. Gucci Mane was believed to have developmental delays, and this may be because he’s been addicted to sizzurp (which is also called “lean”) for quite some time. In recent years, Gucci Mane has admitted that he has a problem, and says that most of the time, he can’t remember the things that he does and says. He also says there’s “no excuse” for his behavior. We’re hoping he gets the help he needs before it’s too late.
A few years back, rapper T.I. had to spend some time in jail for being in possession of weapons that were not properly registered. He was also involved in some terrible disputes with individuals who were apparently jealous of his career, and one of these disputes caused the death of one of his closest friends due to gun violence. T.I. also struggled with drugs, and when he was caught with sizzurp, he had to go back to jail for 11 months for violating his probation. It seemed that his life was completely ruined, even though he still had devoted fans. Recently, the rapper (whose real name is Clifford Harris), has turned his life around and is more active in his community. He and his wife, singer Tiny (formerly of the group Xscape), have six children between the two of them (including two sons together), and are expecting another child soon.
5 Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber is certainly on the path to ruining his life and career if he doesn’t stop consuming “purple drank.” Bieber recently turned 21, which means he can now drink in public, but before this, he was consuming sizzurp on a pretty regular basis. This may have a lot to do with his recent decisions, such as not being faithful to his first love Selena Gomez, taking naked photos, getting in trouble with the law, sleeping with several women and being accused of fathering a few children. Bieber is also known to throw tantrums during concerts and interviews, since sizzurp has the tendency to make people emotionally unstable. Bieber is apparently trying to get his act together, and we’re hoping this continues, for his sake.
4 Big Moe
Houston rapper Big Moe, who was one of the members of The Screwed Up Click, will always be known for his 2000 hit, “Purple Stuff.” The single was off the album “Purple World,” and hit number three on the Billboard charts in 2002. The song, was, of course about “purple drank,” and was glorifying drug use. Seven years later, Big Moe died of a heart attack, due to having too much promethazine codeine in his system. He was only 34 years old, and before he passed away, he was in a coma for a week. Unfortunately, this sad situation didn’t exactly deter other rappers from using the drug.
3 Lil Wayne
Rapper Lil Wayne (aka DeWayne Carter, aka Lil Tunechi, aka The Carter), nearly died from taking sizzurp, also known as “purple drank.” Apparently, the rapper had several seizures due to his love for the drug, and nearly died. It was long suspected that the rapper was taking codeine, but it took a while for this to be confirmed. While Lil Wayne has stated that he’s trying to turn his life around, he admits that it has been a struggle at times. His ex, actress Lauren London (who is also the mother of one of his children), stated that Lil Wayne is doing well and is still a great father to their son. However, the fact that he’s not putting out music as often as he used to may indicate that he needs to get more focused assistance when it comes to being completely sober.
2 Chris Penn
Even though “sizzurp” is a very dangerous drug that is well-known in the hip hop community, famous people who don’t belong to this community are exposed to the drug as well. Chris Penn, the brother of Sean Penn, was addicted to the substance, and unfortunately died in 2006. Chris experienced heart failure as a result of taking the drug, and it was confirmed that promethazine codeine was in his system at the time of his death. Chris Penn was perhaps best known for his role in the movie Reservoir Dogs, and is yet another life cut short unnecessarily by drug use.
1 Terrence Kiel
Terrence Kiel was a football player that was tragically killed on the 4th of July in 2008 in a car accident. He was speeding when his car hit a wall, where he was ejected from the vehicle. Kiel played for Texas A&M and was a safety for four seasons with the San Diego Chargers. Two years before his death, Kiel was arrested on drug-related charges, when it was discovered that he was having promethazine codeine delivered to his home in Texas. He pled guilty to both misdemeanor and felony drug charges in 2007, and was sentenced to three years probation. Kiel’s story is one of the tragic accounts of what can happen when “lean” controls your life.