Global superstars like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston often made headlines not just for their music and career, but also for their personal battles with addiction and other personal issues. These senseless, shocking, and devastating stories show that the rich and famous are not exempt from pain, sadness, and tragic consequences. Most, if not all, the stars on this list of depressing Hollywood trainwrecks continue to be a part of people's lives, even though some of them have passed away. They have even become legends of music, film, and pop culture because of their downward spiral. Meanwhile, other internationally renowned celebs like Britney Spears and Matthew Perry were able to overcome their battles and return to a sober, more normal life outside of the spotlight.
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For years, John Belushi was known to friends and Hollywood was as a fun loving guy who enjoyed life. His appetite for partying eventually did him in, though. Overdosing on a speedball (cocaine and heroin) in 1982 ended the life of one of modern comedy's great talents and superstars. His death left a lot of "what ifs?" about his career.
Age: Died at 33 (1949-1982)
Birthplace: Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor
Credits: The Blues Brothers, Saturday Night Live, Animal House, 1941
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While "Saturday Night Live" and Tommy Boy made him a household name by 1995, Chris Farley became increasingly dependent on drugs and food in the last years of his life, appearing at public events notably intoxicated. He reportedly sought treatment for obesity and drug abuse 17 separate times. In December 1997, Farley was found dead of an overdose of cocaine and morphine at just 33 years old.
Age: Died at 33 (1964-1997)
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America
Profession: Stunt Performer, Comedian, Actor
Credits: Tommy Boy, Beverly Hills Ninja, Black Sheep, Wayne's World 2
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A voice unlike any other, Whitney Houston's life was silenced to a longtime battle with addiction that ultimately caused her untimely death in 2012. For years, Houston's drug and alcohol abuse was well chronicled. Appearing on the "Being Bobby Brown" reality show and her gaunt appearance at the Michael Jackson tribute show in 2001 raised eyebrows. Houston's life and legacy was honored the night after her death at the Grammy Awards.
Age: Died at 49 (1963-2012)
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer Model, + more
Credits: The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife, Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits
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Hollywood icon Judy Garland was found dead by her fifth husband, Mickey Deans, at their rented London home in 1969. The cause of death was described as "an incautious self-overdose" of barbiturates.
Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America
Profession: Actor, Vaudeville Performer, Singer
Credits: The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, Easter Parade, A Star Is Born
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Her distinctive voice and throwback to a long-gone era made Amy Winehouse a musical powerhouse, but her drug and alcohol addiction proved far stronger than everything else. For years, Wino was as well known for her drug addiction as she was for her powerful voice. Her behavior was erratic and made her a fixture in the tabloids. Eventually, and sadly unsurprising, Winehouse joined the infamous 27 Club when she died in 2011.
Age: Died at 28 (1983-2011)
Birthplace: Southgate, London, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Arranger, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Credits: About Time, The Great Gatsby, Amy, Life as We Know It
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The queen of psychedelic rock and soul, Janis Joplin overdosed on heroin combined with alcohol. Before her death, besides being known as one of the great vocalists in music, Joplin had a raging drug habit. She was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, 25 years after her death.
Age: Died at 27 (1943-1970)
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Songwriter, Singer
Credits: Three Kings, The Dreamers, Watchmen, Little White Lies
#17 on The Best Rock Vocalists
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Curvaceous and buxom blonde beauty Anna Nicole Smith was often compared to Marilyn Monroe early in her career, but the price of fame soon took its toll. Smith's crazy life was caught on tape through her popular reality show, but the darker side of her personal struggles played out during the last few years of her life, from her son Daniel's death, a publicized paternity suit for her daughter, and an addiction to prescription drugs. Smith was found dead of a drug overdose in 2007.
Age: Died at 40 (1967-2007)
Birthplace: Texas, United States of America
Profession: Spokesperson, Stripper, Adult model, Film Producer Model, + more
Credits: The Anna Nicole Show, Anna Nicole Smith: Exposed, Playboy Video Centerfold: Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy Video Playmate Calendar 1994see more on Anna Nicole Smith
For years, Jim Morrison was known as one of the sexiest men not only in rock, but in the world. Unfortunately, though, The Doors frontman's drinking got out of hand, and the Lizard King eventually succumbed to the alcoholism that marked his later tumultuous days. He died of heart failure in 1971 at age 27 while living in Paris.
Age: Died at 28 (1943-1971)
Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Musician Screenwriter, + more
Credits: Cast Away, The Doors, Minions, Girl Interrupted
#5 on The Best Rock Vocalists
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