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The Price of Fame

Johnny Depp

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Carrie Fisher

Known around the world as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, Carrie Fisher was an actress and award-winning writer. Considered Hollywood royalty, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher was introduced to drugs at a young age, which marked the beginning of her struggle with addiction. Fisher was also diagnosed with depression and Bipolar disorder, and she controversially began electroconvulsive therapy sessions for treatment. In 2016, Fisher stopped breathing while on a plane and was pronounced dead 4 days later in the hospital. Tests later showed that she had cocaine, heroin, and other opiates in her system. Overcome with grief, her mother died the next day as a result from the loss of her daughter.

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Johnny Depp

The life of an A-list superstar doesn’t come easy; and Johnny Depp has learned this lesson the hard way. Known for his portrayal of eccentric characters in films such as Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Edward Scissorhands, Depp’s success has also been met with harsh criticism. His famously lavish spending and $30,000 a month wine habit have left him nearly broke. Although adored by millions of fans worldwide, Depp’s drunken moments of rage have also been well-documented and he is now attempting to reboot his life and career for the better.

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Patrick Swayze

A true dancer at heart, Patrick Swayze had the talent and rugged good-looks to justify his status as a teenage heartthrob after the smash hit Dirty Dancing. Although he was a household name, Swayze struggled the death of his father, his sister’s suicide, and his wife’s miscarriage. Swayze became a raging alcoholic at an early age and had a reputation for showing up drunk on movie sets. After his career stagnated for a while, Swayze’s alcoholic tendencies continued and he was later diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Swayze attempted to work through his illness, but died in 2009 with the love of his life, Lisa, by his side.

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Prince

Few artists can compare to the talent and mystery of Prince. From smash hits including Purple Rain and Let’s Go Crazy, to a legendary performance at the Super Bowl in 2007, the only thing that could stop one of our greatest musical gifts, were prescription drugs. Despite his overt sexuality and performing prowess, the painfully shy artist spent much of his career secluded from the public eye and battling his record company over music rights. After dealing with the death of his newborn son and hip surgery, it appears the pain of it all caught up to him, as he was found dead in his home as a result of a fentanyl overdose in 2016.

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Robin Williams

Often considered “the most unique mind on earth,” the life of Robin Williams as a brilliant actor and comedian was unfortunately overshadowed by his own personal demons. Williams found success very early in his career and was quick to turn to partying, drinking, and womanizing despite being married. This trend continued as Williams consistently had adulterous offers with other women, and he later picked up an addiction to cocaine. After 20-years of sobriety, Williams turned to drugs and alcohol once again and was deeply depressed, having delusions, and showing signs of memory loss. The weight of the world eventually became too much for him to handle, and he took his own life in 2014.

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Shania Twain

The odds against Shania Twain becoming the biggest-selling female country music artist in history were against her. When both of her parents were killed in a car accident, the teenaged Twain struggled to raise her siblings. After linking up with then-Producer and future-husband Mutt Lange, Twain’s career skyrocketed to awards and Billboard success with the release of her second album. Years later, when it was revealed that Twain’s husband was having an affair with their assistant, her life and career began spiraling downwards. Alone, suicidal, and afraid, Twain was also left with a condition that robbed her of her singing voice. In a shock to the world, Twain went on to marry the husband of her ex-assistant.