Even the best fall down sometimes.
According to 2013 statistics, some 24.6 million Americans (9.4% of the population) had used an illegal drug in the month prior to being surveyed. Though the numbers may sound shocking, we know that one time doesn’t necessarily indicate a dangerous habit forming.
Sadly, even though drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, addiction is a disease that still goes highly ignored and untreated due to longstanding taboos in our society. And while many of us have been touched personally by addiction or drug and alcohol abuse, you don’t have to look any further than the TV to hear another sad story about someone who’s lost their life to a drug dependency or related cause.
In fact, many of them are celebrities, and their deaths can send millions into mourning while still failing to address the problems posed by addiction. What’s even crazier is all the celebrities living with drug addictions we never even learn about.
These are some of the most famous and brilliant minds to suffer from addiction and drug dependency.
All were geniuses in their own right. Fortunately, not all of them died from their addictions.