Famous Heroin Addicts

There are many famous heroin addicts, which just goes to show the fame and fortune do not make a person any less likely to begin a drug addiction, even when they should have the resources available for help.

Most celebrity drug addicts unfortunately do not get the help that they so desperately needed and their addiction has claimed their lives. It is a sad thing to see so many talented famous celebrities end their career – and their life – so quickly and early.

We often glamorize celebrities with drug problems and famous heroin addicts in our society, but all in all it is only a tragedy that despite a worldwide audience and fame not one person could reach out to them and offer help or convince them they needed to stop. It goes to show just how difficult it can be to convince someone they need to get help. There are many movies about drug addiction that also further glamorize addiction, though some can be beneficial in aiding drug prevention.

Here are some Famous Heroin Addicts who did not survive their addictions:

River Phoenix: River Phoenix was young and at what some would consider at the peak of beginning his career in film and music when he overdosed on heroin and cocaine at a night club. He has starred in movies such as Indiana Jones, Parenthood, and Sneakers. He also often performed with members of the band the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He died October 31st 1993.


Kurt Cobain
: Kurt Cobain was the lead singer for the popular band Nirvana in the 1990′s. Years of drug addiction and abuse led to several heroin overdoses and failed rehab attempts. Eventually in April 1994, he was found dead, apparently having shot himself while on heroin.

Janis Joplin: Singer song writer, famous for songs such as “Ball and Chain” and “Mercedes Benz”, died at age 27 from a heroin overdose in her hotel room.

Brad Nowell: Singer for the band Sublime died of a heroin overdose at age 28. Sublime was a phenomenal rock/ska band. He was survived by his wife and child.

John Belushi: This actor probably best remembered for his performance in the movie Animal House died of a heroin overdose.

Heroin addiction can affect anyone – from a teenager to a famous celebrity. All of these deaths are tragic and unfortunate and not only did the person lose his or her life, but they no longer had the opportunity to share their gifts of entertaining with the world. Seeing the devastating consequences of heroin use in these Famous Heroin Addicts can hopefully be a lesson to anyone just beginning to get involved in illegal drug use to stop and get help immediately – before the addiction grows and ultimately ends their life.

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