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, USA, Minnesota
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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