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List of brilliant people addicted to drugs, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Drugs can open an individual's mind to new ways of thinking, encouraging them to push the boundaries of art, music, and science. Several geniuses have been addicted to drugs and alcohol over the years. One famous astrophysicist advocated for marijuana use.

Who is the most famous brilliant person who was addicted to drugs? Kurt Cobain is one of the many smart people on this list. The Nirvana musician turned to heroin to cope with both physical and emotional pain. His drug addiction is believed to have been a major factor in his suicide in 1994. 

Astrophysicist Carl Sagan was a regular marijuana smoker and an advocate for the drug as a way to push the boundaries of the mind. Author Stephen King has written many of the best-selling books in recent history. King was addicted to alcohol, cocaine, and Valium, and he often smoked marijuana as well.

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Thomas Edison is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 23 Brilliant People Who Were Addicted To Drugs
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American inventor Thomas Edison regularly consumed a coke-based elixir while he was working.

Age: Dec. at 84 (1847-1931)

Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States of America

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Stephen King is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 23 Brilliant People Who Were Addicted To Drugs
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One of the best-selling authors in history, Stephen King was addicted to alcohol and coke, and he often smoked cannabis.

Age: 71

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America

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Kurt Cobain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 23 Brilliant People Who Were Addicted To Drugs
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Nirvana musician Kurt Cobain turned to dope to cope with both physical and emotional pain, and his addiction is believed to have factored into his tragic passing.

Age: Dec. at 27 (1967-1994)

Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States of America

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Marilyn Monroe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 23 Brilliant People Who Were Addicted To Drugs
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Film icon Marilyn Monroe suffered from insomnia and took a variety of sleeping pills to treat the condition. She succumbed to an overconsumption of barbiturates in 1962.

Age: Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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