Drug addiction is really fatal. It is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive, or uncontrollable, drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences and changes in the brain, which can be long lasting. These changes in the brain can lead to the harmful behaviors seen in people who use drugs. Worse, such habit, especially when done for quite a long time or taken excessively, can expose you to severe risks and even to death.
Addiction is truly a life-threatening disease, as evidenced by this list of famous people who died of drug overdose. See whose names are included – No. 6 will shock you.
1. Kurt Cobain
The Nirvana frontman was found in 1994 at his Lake Washington home by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system. Though he killed himself — a suicide note was found — a high concentration of heroin and traces of diazepam were also found in his body.
Meanwhile, the events surrounding the death of Kurt Cobain have only become hazier with time. Authorities said that then 27 year-old Nirvana leader is believed to have killed himself on April 5, 1994, while alone at his home in Seattle. Cobain had been battling drug addiction and depression nearly as long as Nirvana were under the intense glare of a global spotlight, the singer’s life took a tragic turn on March 31, 1994, when he climbed a six-foot fence and escaped L.A.’s Exodus Recovery Center. The day before, he’d checked himself in for drug detox and rehab after an intervention by family and friends.
However, conspiracy theorists continue pointing to potential involvement by his wife, Courtney Love. But more than two decades later, one thing remains certain: On that day, the world lost a true rock legend and one of the definitive voices of our time.
2. Elvis Presley
The King of rock and roll, 42, died on August 16, 1977. After being found unresponsive on the bathroom floor at his Graceland home, Elvis was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Although the coroner said the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, what had caused his heart to beat irregularly was an overdose of prescription drugs, including codeine, Valium, Morphine, and Demerol.
3. Michael Jackson
Authors Mark Langhorne and Matt Richard presented in full detail the King of Pop’s last moments before he was pronounced dead on June 25, 2009 in their book ’83 Minutes: The Doctor, The Damage, and the Shocking Death of Michael Jackson’.
In an excerpt, they detail the pill bottles, oxygen tanks, and medical supplies littered around the bedroom of Michael’s Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles, which they also described as something that smells really awful as the Thriller singer refused to have it cleaned by the helpers and housekeepers.
Descriptions showed how Michael Jackson spent his final hours in the “squalid lifestyle of a drug addict”, authors have claimed. Shocking images of drug vials, a bloodied shirt, and a bizarre shrine to babies on his bedroom dresser.
4. Marilyn Monroe
America’s greatest screen steamy and sensual “femininity symbol” of all time was discovered dead in her Brentwood bedroom by her psychiatrist. The coroner determined Marilyn’s death at 36 was the result of “acute barbiturate poisoning” and “probable suicide.” But many fans have long questioned the strange circumstances of her death.
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.
5. Heath Ledger
In 2008, Batman’s Joker was found unconscious in bed by his housekeeper, who first frantically called his friend, actress Mary-Kate Olsen, for help, then dialed 911. Paramedics couldn’t revive the star and Heath, 28, was later ruled to have died from “acute intoxication” from the combined effects of six different prescription drugs.
Heath Ledger was found dead on January 22, 2008. Only 28 years old, it determined that the Oscar-winner had died from a fatal combination of painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills.
6. Whitney Houston
In 2012, the world was shocked when the famed diva, 48, was found unconscious and submerged in the bathtub of her suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where she was getting ready for a pre-Grammy party. Attempts to revive her failed and although the coroner ruled the death accidental, cocaine and other drugs were found in Whitney’s system.
The police found plates of food, a bottle of beer, and an opened bottle of champagne. On the bathroom counter were a spoon and what the coroner’s report called a “white crystal like substance.” When the initial autopsy results were released, six weeks later, they attributed Houston’s death at 48 to accidental drowning, with contributing factors of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.
She had used cocaine “just probably immediately prior” to drowning, and her condition indicated an “acute use” of the substance. There were also traces of marijuana, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, the allergy medication Benadryl, and Xanax.
With this, we really hope that these late stars are resting in eternal peace and their families and loved ones find serenity and comfort.