The list gets longer each year- those celebrities who die as a result of drug abuse, drug overdose, or fatal prescription drug interactions: Marilyn Monroe , Elvis Presley Brittany Murphy, Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and most recently Corey Monteith and Philip Seymour Hoffman to name just a few.
With great wealth and fame also comes great responsibility – especially for celebrities. Famous actors, musicians, and athletes all have to maintain a public image while balancing the rigors of their work with the allures of pleasure.
High incomes and a developed American party culture allow them sustained access to drugs, which when combined with the stresses and pressures of fame, sometimes leads to addiction and overdose.
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*Laura Chapman worked in health and nutrition after finishing college, but took a step back to spend more time with her family and becoming a mother, so now divides her time between freelance writing and teaching privately.”