How many times have you turned on the news only to see a mug shot of a famous celebrity arrested for drugs? If it’s not drugs then it is driving under the influence. So many actors and singers fall victim to drug and alcohol abuse. More recently Justin Bieber took over headlines when he was arrested for drag racing under the influence.
Here is a list of some of the most famous accounts of celebrities and their drug problems.
A toxic combination of prescription drugs took this young actor’s life in 2008. Unfortunately, Ledger died before he could see his famous portrayal of the “joker” in the “Dark Knight”.
This Spiderman actress has run into some trouble in the past and has repeatedly admitted herself into rehab for both drug and alcohol abuse.
80’s child star Corey Haim died in 2010 due to a lethal combination of prescription drugs. Haim was one of the child actors in the famous 80’s vampire flick “Lost Boys”. Corey was also involved in a reality show with his good friend and actor Corey Feldman.
Winning! This 2 and a half men actor has been notorious for getting into trouble as a result of substance abuse. Sheen’s first encounter with the law happened when he was just 16. He was caught with marijuana.
This ‘90s Bay Watch star has had an ongoing struggle with alcohol since the early ‘70s. In and out of rehab, Hasselhoff has repeatedly found himself in the news for alcohol related incidences.
Philip Seymour Hoffman
One of Hollywood’s greatest talents, Hoffman died earlier this year due to a heroin overdose. Hoffman struggled with drugs for most of his career. It is said that he has written in his will that he wishes for his children to stay away from Hollywood.
Robert Downey Jr.
Before he was saving the world with the Avengers as Iron Man, Downey was running into trouble with the law. Due to his drug addiction, which began at age 6, Downey has served time in prison due to numerous drug charges.
One of Hollywood’s most infamous bad girls, Lindsay Lohan has been in and out of rehab for both alcohol and drug abuse. Lohan began her career at age 3 as a fashion model. Her first legal problems began in 2007 when she was arrested for driving under the influence.
With so many examples of drugs ruining a celebrity’s career or taking their lives you would think that the rest of Hollywood would learn a lesson. You think that they would learn from the mistakes of their fellow actors, but that is not the case and substance abuse continues to be a big problem for celebrities.
Perhaps the money, fame and fortune aren’t enough and the thrill of something new and exciting like drugs is too much temptation to pass by. It is unfortunate the drug and alcohol abuse continue to plague Hollywood, but maybe it’s a lesson that Hollywood’s elite must learn the hard way.