This is a list of celebrities who died from their addiction to alcohol. While we may be more accustomed to celebrities dying to heroin and other drugs, many have died due to an addiction to alcohol. Alcoholism is more than simply a lack of self control; today, it is considered an all out addictive disorder. In other words, it's not a bad habit - it's a disease.
Including Jack Kerouac, Billie Holiday, Richard Burton, Peter Cook, and Errol Flynn, this list shows the celebrities who, for whatever reason, couldn't fight the addiction and lost their lives to the disease. Female silent movie star Julia Burns and Barbara Payton are also just a few of the famous women who died of alcholism.Who are the most famous alcoholics? What famous people died from alcohol? Which famous actors were known to be drunks? While harder drugs may take more of the spotlight, alcohol dependence is a serious syndrome as alcohol has the potential to damage every organ in the body, including the brain, which can lead to other psychiatric disorders. Celebrity deaths are always tragic, but losing notable stars to severe drinking problems is no different.
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Cause of Death: AlcoholismKerouac, one of the pre-eminent voices of the beat generation, was a gifted writer with a severe drinking problem. He covered a range of topics from spirituality to drugs and poverty, and was lauded for his style of writing. One evening, while drinking whiskey, Kerouac felt sick to his stomach, started vomiting blood, was taken to the hospital. He died the next day, October 21, 1969, from a hemorrhage caused by cirrhosis.
- Age: Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
- Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States of America
- Profession: Painter, Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter
- Credits: On the Road, Big Sur, Pull My Daisy, Kerouac, the Movie
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Cause of Death: AlcoholismHoliday, a seminal influence in the fields of jazz and pop singing, was charged with drug possession as she lay dying from heart and liver disease in a New York hospital. She temporarily quit drinking after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, but later took it back up and died of her maladies July 17, 1959.
- Age: Dec. at 44 (1915-1959)
- Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
- Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Composer, Singer
- Credits: Schindler's List, Se7en, The Thing, The Green Mile
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Cause of Death: AlcoholismWilliams, a famous country singer whose songs have been covered for generations after his death, died on January 1, 1953 at the age of 29 from hemorrhages brought on by alcoholism.
- Age: Dec. at 29 (1923-1953)
- Birthplace: Mount Olive, Alabama, United States of America
- Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Author
- Credits: Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave, Forever Is a Long, Long Time
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Cause of Death: Heart attackA star of the early days of Hollywood, Flynn turned to alcoholism while sailing his yacht around the world after his welcome in Hollywood productions ended. While in Canada attempting to lease his yacht, Flynn complained of back and neck pain and died of a heart attack while receiving treatment at the private residence of a doctor on October 14, 1959. In an autopsy, Flynn was found to have heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver.
- Age: Dec. at 50 (1909-1959)
- Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
- Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
- Credits: The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, Objective, Burma!