Isn’t it upsetting to see such talented stars ruin their lives through the use of alcohol, drugs, and bad decision-making? It’s even more frustrating when those celebrities end up dying from their mistakes, often giving people the impression that they’ve totally wasted the gift they had been blessed with.
We’ve seen it time and time again where a celebrity abuses their power for the worst and ends up hurting themselves emotionally and physically. All in all, these 13 celebrities are no different, having all gone through similar routes to tarnish their own legacy.
13 Michael Jackson
To say that Michael Jackson was talented is an understatement. Michael, who certainly had one of the biggest influences in music, made millions throughout his career, has sold the most albums by a solo male artist, and evidently had the most Billboard Hot 100 entries prior to his death. But Michael was secretly battling a drug addiction, and thanks to the help of shamed Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson was always able to get his hands on propofol, the same substance that would end his life on June 25, 2009.
12 Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan has been troubled for some time, but putting her crazy behavior to one side, there’s no doubt she’s talented. Did you know that Lindsay was making up to $7 million per movie following a string of box office hits in 2005? She was believed to have made $5 million for starring alongside Chris Pine in Just My Luck, which became another worldwide smash for the actress. But things soon changed when Lindsay chose the party life over her career, showing up late to work, embarking in feuds with the cast and production members — all which evidently led her to lose out on acting gigs. Lindsay is now lucky to pull in $200,000 for a feature-length film.
11 Bill Cosby
The name Bill Cosby has forever been tarnished following the allegations that were made against him by dozens of women, claiming the actor had drugged and sexually assaulted them on multiple occasions. All of the incidents reportedly took place during the 80's and 90's, and one of the reasons why the women supposedly didn’t come forward back then was solely down to the fact that nobody would’ve believed them. But as one woman had the courage to make it known to the press of her encounters with Bill, the likes of Janice Dickinson soon followed in support.
10 Lil' Kim
Lil' Kim has been ruining her face ever since she got out of prison in 2007. Having failed to release a new studio album since 2006, the attention surrounding Kim has diverted from her music and more so to her appearance. Reports allege that the rapper may have been bleaching her skin, having shown a much lighter complexion in photos as of late. On top of that, butt implants, liposuction, Botox and fillers are said to be some of Lil' Kim’s most recent procedures. It’s gotten to the point where you don’t even recognize the woman anymore.
9 Amy Winehouse
When Amy Winehouse unveiled her debut album Frank at the age of just 20, she seemed happy and healthy. But just two years later, she would make her return with Back to Black, an album dedicated to her then-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who many would go on to blame for the songstress’ sudden downfall after admitting that Amy’s first time taking drugs was in his presence. Amy’s drug habit worsened the longer she stayed with Blake, but when the two finally split, Winehouse turned to alcohol to ease the pain she was feeling while Civil was in prison, serving time for a crime he had committed a year prior to Amy’s death. Alcohol poisoning would eventually kill Amy at her home in Camden in July, 2011.
8 Whitney Houston
When people think of Whitney Houston, they often label her as the voice of an angel, and for the most part, Whitney had a great voice — that was before she began taking drugs. The singer, who was very much in denial when it came to her drug addiction, reportedly developed the habit once she got with Bobby Brown, and by the mid 90's, Whitney was hooked. So much so that her music career began to tank after the early 2000's, and by 2012, her drug addiction worsened to the point where it killed her, just one day before the Grammys.
7 Paula Deen
Paula Deen probably experienced one of the most severe punishments in the history of Hollywood. After it was confirmed that Deen had made racial slurs towards many people of colour, Paula quickly faced the consequences from the comments she had made towards African-Americans. She went on to lose the majority of her endorsement deals, losing more than $4 million in earnings, and has continued to struggle in getting her career back to what it used to be. Oh, and she lost a huge amount of fans, who felt that Paula’s comments were disgusting and unacceptable.
6 O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson had it all; a beautiful wife, children, money, fame and a bunch of Hollywood friends ranging from Kris Jenner to Robert Kardashian. Of course that all changed when Nicole Brown Simpson filed for divorce from O.J., who struggled to accept the fact that his ex-wife no longer wanted anything to do with him. Simpson, so enraged by the fact that Nicole had moved on and was dating other men, would go on to murder Nicole in what would become one of the most fascinating trials of the century. O.J. is hardly remembered for his excellence in football, but more so for how he got away with murder.
5 Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods has struggled to redeem himself from the 2009 cheating affairs he had behind his wife’s back. Following the revelation of Tiger’s affairs, Woods ex-wife Elin Nordegren, reportedly chased the professional golfer out of his home as the 40-year-old drove off in his car, minutes before crashing it nearby a tree. It was alleged at the time that Tiger had slept with more than 12 women during his marriage to Elin, claiming he had developed a sex addiction and struggled to remain faithful. The marriage quickly fizzled and every time Tiger’s name is brought up, the first thing people think of is Woods’ cheating past.
4 Britney Spears
Britney Spears had one of the most prominent meltdowns ever. The singer, who seemed to have gotten caught up in the midst of fame and money, suffered a major downfall in 2007 when she allegedly began mixing with all sorts of substances. Reports allege that Britney even formed a drug addiction of her own that would lead her to shave her head and infamously smash the vehicle’s windows from a photographer. Britney was going insane, but luckily for her, she had an intervention that was organised by her parents. Still, that particular time in Britney’s life is something that has somewhat affected her legacy.
3 David Arquette
David Arquette has one of the best personalities one has ever seen in Hollywood — he’s just a very likeable man, who certainly doesn’t take himself too seriously. He’s probably best known for his role in the horror franchise of Scream, which has made hundreds of millions at the box office. Still, with all the good comes the bad. David has reportedly battled an addiction to alcohol, which eventually caused his marriage with Courtney Cox to crumble. The two would go on to divorce and David has since moved on, but according to sources, David is still not able to get his alcohol abuse in check. So sad, right?
2 Cory Monteith
Many of us were left stunned when it was announced in 2013 that Cory Monteith had died. The actor, who was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room, had been battling a drug addiction for years, and while reports had shed light on it prior to his death, many didn’t believe it because Cory just never gave people that perception. His passing was very sad considering the fact that he had just signed two deals as a lead actor in movies that would’ve helped him develop a career in the film industry, away from Glee, the show that made him a household name. Cory had a promising career ahead, that’s for sure.
1 Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger’s death came following a sudden cardiac arrest at his New York home, having dealt with a perception drug addiction for years. The actor, who spent most of his time on his own in New York, was left for dead in his apartment for hours before he was eventually found, which makes the story so much more upsetting. Heath had just finished shooting scenes for The Dark Knight, which critics would go on to say was his best performance to date.