Celebrities Who Almost Died Because of a Drug Addiction

Celebrities Who Nearly Died Because of a Drug Addiction

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April 19, 2018

Celebrities look like they have it all. From careers that bring them fame, opulence, and rewards, these stars seem to be living their lives without a care in the world. Despite all of this, famous people are still human beings, and like regular folks, they also have struggles which can include drug addiction.

Battling drugs and alcohol addiction is already difficult enough. However, when you are a celebrity with access to narcotics and alcohol in abundance, it can be even harder to kick the habit. It also doesn’t help when you live under a microscope, and the entire world is watching to see if you might stumble.

These 15 celebrities nearly died while struggling with addiction.


Robert Downey Jr.

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Marvel superstar Robert Downey Jr. has had quite the comeback over the past several years. Though the Iron Man actor started off as a sucessful young actor, he fell into oblivion because of his heroin, cocaine, and alcohol addiction.

Downey was sent to jail numerous times, was once found in a rat-infested hotel in LA, and even drunkenly raced his car down Sunset Blvd. Luckily, the Avengers star was able to overcome his addiction and is now one of the highest-paid actors on the planet.

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Angelina Jolie

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She’s one of Hollywood’s biggest stars now, but Angelina Jolie had a very difficult childhood. She admitted that she tried “every drug possible” in the ’90s including heroin, cocaine, and LSD.

Jolie has done quite a bit of healing since then. Now, she is a mother of six and a major humanitarian and philanthropist.


Burt Reynolds

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In the late ’80s and early ’90s, the legendary Burt Reynolds had become addicted to the controversial prescription sleeping pill, Halcion. Reynolds was trying to quit cold turkey after being dependent for four years.

Unfortunately, he slipped into a coma and nearly died. He recalls hearing the doctors say, “We’re losing him.”


Demi Lovato

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In her new documentary Simply Complicated, Demi Lovato talks openly about her drug addiction and her struggles with an eating disorder.