Since the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman many people have come to realize just how often we hear that the cause of a celebrity's death was due to drugs. Like Hoffman, these individuals were successful, earning a wonderful living and were known and praised for their art. The life they choose is a very public one. So of course this kind of behavior is something they keep very close to the vest. However, as surely the publicity of drug use is not good for their stellar careers the use of them privately alleviates the aid they need when they overdose and end up dying alone. Time and time again the story is the so very sadly, the same. Did these people ever give a thought to those who died due to drug use. Sadly, with so many like Hoffman it did not stop him from following the same lonely path.
Celebrities are not immune and some have been brutally murdered or died in car crashes. Witness the pregnant actress Sharon Tate who begged the crazed Charles Manson followers to no avail for her life and the life of her unborn child; or actor Bob Crane (star of the television show Hogan’s Heroes), bludgeoned to death in his bed as he slept. The accidental deaths of other celebrities in car accidents like the one that killed James Dean or decapitated Jayne Mansfield as her children (daughter/actress Mariska Hargitay and her brother) lie sleeping in the backseat (a fact that saved their lives). The heartbreaking stabbing of young actor Sal Mineo as he returned home late one evening or even the death of Isadora Duncan, whose long flowing scarf caught in the wheel of a departing auto dragging her to her death are other examples of how tragedy strikes everyone. These were all accidents out of their control. Here we examine ten examples of people who sadly passed from the use of drugs, prescribed and not.
10 Anna Nicole Smith, age 39 – Date of death: February 8, 2007
9 River Phoenix, age 23 – Date of death: October 31, 1993
8 Heath Ledger, age 28 - Date of death: September 18, 2008
7 Jimi Hendrix, age 27 - Date of death: September 18, 1970
6 Jim Morrison, age 27 - Date of death: July 3, 1971
5 Whitney Houston, age 47 - Date of death: February 11, 2012
4 Elvis Presley, age 42 - Date of death: August 16, 1977
3 Judy Garland, age 47 - Date of death: June 22, 1969
2 Michael Jackson, age 50 - Date of death: June 25, 2009
1 Marilyn Monroe, age 36 - Date of death: August 5, 1962
She became an American icon. Monroe had a career as a model, a singer and an actress who became a sex symbol, starring in numerous motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s. She was found dead at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. The autopsy said she died of office recorded cause of death as "acute barbiturate poisoning", resulting from a "probable suicide". Many theories were written about the death of Marilyn Monroe, including murder and conspiracy involving both John and Robert Kennedy and even the CIA being involved in her death. Or like many of the actresses of her time perhaps it was simply that Marilyn became so dependent upon the pharmaceuticals she used just to function and may simply have taken too many.
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