Celebrities may seem like gods based on the way we treat them, but nothing humanizes the stars more than an untimely death.
Celebrities suffer from personal problems just like the rest of humanity. They deal with psychological disorders like depression. They struggle with addiction. They get jealous, angry and sad. They really are just like us.
In the past few years, too many celebrities’ lives were cut far too short due to untreated substance abuse problems and mental illness.
Their stories are sad, but fame gives them the reach to help more people realize that we need greater mental health awareness in our society. We don’t need more tragedies like these to cut young lives short, celebrity or not.
Rapper Juice WRLD died on December 8, 2019 at just 21 years old.
Juice WRLD was outspoken about his addiction to medication–particularly Percocet, which is a combination of oxycodone, a strong opioid, and acetaminophen, a pain reliever.
As he sings in his song “Fast,” “It’s been months since I felt at home, but it’s okay ’cause I’m rich. Psych–I’m still sad as a b*tch.”
He spoke about his depression and drug addiction frequently throughout his discography.
His death was ultimately caused when Juice WRLD swallowed multiple Percocets in an effort to hide them from the police who were searching his private plane.
Rapper Mac Miller, who was also outspoken about his struggle with substance abuse, died on September 7, 2018 at 26 years old. He died of an accidental drug overdose while on a combination of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.
Three men have been arrested for selling Miller counterfeit oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl.
Fentanyl has proven to be particularly dangerous for opiate addicts, as it is one of the most common drugs involved in overdose deaths in the U.S.
On November 15, 2017, another rapper, Lil Peep, overdosed and died on a combination of fentanyl and Xanax at only 21 years old.
Lil Peep was open about suffering from depression and bipolar disorder, which led him to self-medicate with drugs.
Blood and urine tests taken after Lil Peep’s toxicology report were positive for cannabis, cocaine and multiple powerful opiates.
Sulli was a famous and enormously successful South Korean actress – in 2017 she was the most Googled person in her country. But all the fame in the world couldn’t ease her severe depression, panic disorder, and social phobia. Sulli took her own life at the age of 25.
Verne Troyer was best known for playing Mini-Me in the “Austin Powers” films.
Troyer suffered from alcohol addiction and had been to rehab for treatment. But sadly, on April 21, 2018, he was found dead by suicide through alcohol poisoning. He was 49 years old.
If you or a friend is in need of addiction counseling or thinking about suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline for confidential support and resources.