17 Feb 5 Rockstars Who Struggled with Addiction
There was a time when the rock-n-roll lifestyle was recognized by its lavish and exaggerated portrayal of copious amounts of sex, drugs, and parties rather than it being about the music itself. This kind of carefree lifestyle was widely accepted and expected from these rock-legends.
This ultimately resulted in the demise of many rock-stars and the people who followed in their footsteps. Addiction controlled and ruined the lives of these 5 popular rock-stars in more ways than one:
1. Jim Morrison
One of the most loved and hated rock-stars of the millennium; Jim Morrison was the lead singer for The Doors. His ability to invoke the destructive nature of his audience resulted in numerous riots during his shows. This is one of the major reasons why the United States government took serious interest in him. He was the first rock-star who got arrested while performing on stage in 1967.
He died at the age of 27 on July 3, 1971. His body was found in his apartment bathroom in Paris. It was assumed he had died of natural causes and no autopsy was ever done. After 30 years it was uncovered that Morrison had overdosed on Heroin and his body had been dumped by the two drug dealers who supplied him the drugs in the first place.
2. David Bowie
This British musical icon touched lives through his music, movies, and charming looks. On January 10th 2016 the world stood still after it was released that David Bowie had died at the ripe age of 69 due to liver cancer. Some of his songs like “Space oddity” have become iconic even for today’s generation. Everybody knows how passionate he was about music. He was considered a radical music composer and very few musical geniuses compare.
Only a small number of people knew about his drug abuse during the glory days. Bowie’s connection with drugs was further confirmed when he tried to sneak in drugs into a psychiatric institute for Iggy Pop, another popular rock-star!
3. Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was known as the king of rock-n-roll! He was famous for his openness towards drugs. He continuously took amphetamines to keep him charged up during his hectic music tours. It was reported that Elvis overdosed twice on drugs after his divorce. This is one of the main reasons why he began to mess up songs on stage, sometimes forgetting the lyrics completely.
Ginger Alden discovered him unresponsive on his bathroom floor. Presley had overdosed on a cocktail of amphetamines and pills. All attempts to revive him were hopeless, and he was pronounced dead at 3:30pm at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
4. John Lennon
Everyone loved Beatle’s legend, John Lennon. He was a true musical prodigy. It is not a hidden fact that the Beatles, apart from their music, were also famous for their flamboyant display of drug-use. They took amphetamines regularly to keep up with music gigs planned throughout Germany. Bob Dylan and their dentist later introduced them to marijuana and LSD respectively. Since they took drugs openly, their fans began taking drugs themselves. Drug use became fashionable, in part, because of the Beatles.
On December 8, 1980 Lennon and Ono, his wife, where returning home to their NY apartment in the Dakota when a man by the name of Mark David Chapman shot Lennon four times in the back. Lennon was rushed to the nearest hospital where he unfortunately met his death at 11:00pm that day.
5. Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain was famous for making grunge music popular in the ‘90’s. He was the lead singer for Nirvana. He mentioned in some of his interviews that he was having trouble handling his stardom and rock-god status. Some of his songs like “I Hate Myself and I Want to Die” were clear indications that he wasn’t in a right state of mind.
In 1994, he committed suicide by taking a mixture of heroin and valium and then shooting himself in the head. His body was found in his apartment by an electrician.
The one thing that you should take away from our compilation of rock-stars who struggled with drug addiction is that addiction treatment and medicine has progressed since their eras. At the time, there were no quality treatment centers, sober living houses, recovery homes etc. If you or anyone in your family is suffering from drug/alcohol addiction, seek help immediately. Visit a sober living home after treatment to help you maintain your sobriety and significantly increase your chances at long-term recovery.