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Struggling With Drugs: These Stars Riveting Stories

OCTOBER 17, 2015

10 Stars With A Startling History Of Drug Abuse

The pressures of stardom and the crazy celebrity lifestyle led these famous actors, athletes, and musicians to turn to drugs. While some overcame their addictions and turned their lives around others were sadly less fortunate. Here is a look at some of our most beloved stars and their stories of drug abuse.

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom was found unresponsive in a Nevada brothel in October of 2015. The former 2011 NBA Sixth Man of The Year and two time national champion went into a coma following the incident. It is rumored that Odom ingested a mixture of herbal sexual stimulants, cocaine, and alcohol. Little is known about his current status. Lamar and his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian filed for divorce in 2013, but due to a backlog in the court system their divorce hasn't finalized. Khloe has therefore assumed the responsibility of making Lamar's medical decisions.

Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008)

Heath Ledger (1979 - 2008)

Heath Ledger passed away at the age of 28 due to an accidental overdose of prescription and non-prescription medications. Ledger was found laying naked and unconscious on the floor of his apartment in Manhattan. He had taken a combination of drugs which included painkiller OxyContin, anti-anxiety drugs Valium and Xanax, Vicodin, and a couple sleep aids. He was only months removed from filming his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

During the 1990's, Angelina went through an admitted "dark" and "dangerous" period of her life. In 2014 a supposed former drug dealer of Angelina's posted a video online showing the actress moments after taking heroin. Angelina Jolie told The Mirror in 1996, "I have done just about every drug possible: cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and, my favorite, heroin." Jolie, now engaged to Brad Pitt with whom she shares children, has successfully turned her life around and overcame her previous addictions.

Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009)

Michael Jackson (1958 - 2009)

Known as the King of Pop, Michael Jackson succumbed to his death in 2009 due to an overdose of a cocktail of anti-depressants and mood drugs. Coroners also found anesthetic propofol in his system, which is used for patients undergoing major surgery. His doctor at the time came under fire for his death and was taken to court. In his defense, Dr. Conrad Murray said, "I did not kill Michael Jackson. He was a drug addict."

Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012)

Whitney Houston (1963 - 2012)

Houston is one of the most acclaimed artists of all time. She is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. Houston's 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history. Houston struggled with drug abuse all through her career. In 2012, She tragically was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California.

Samuel L Jackson

Samuel L Jackson

Jackson turned to drugs in his 40's when he was struggling with his acting career. His acting career turned around and he checked into rehab. "The third time I OD'd on heroin I quit the drug completely. It's too dangerous," Jackson said in an interview.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Pamela had a troubled youth that included sexual abuse and used alcohol and cocaine for a long time to numb her pain from these experiences. It is reported that her recovery is going well.

Chris Farley (1964 - 1997)

Chris Farley (1964 - 1997)

Farley, known for his tenure on "Saturday Night Live", and classic comedies "Tommy Boy," "Black Sheep" and "Beverly Hills Ninja," died accidentally from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. Friend's close to him have said the actor continuously struggled with overeating, drugs and alcohol.

Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton

This former O.C. star, began her downhill struggle in 2007 when she was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana. In 2009, after an incident at her apartment she was placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold and taken to the hospital. According to friends and onlookers, Misha has a serious drug problem.

Eminem

Eminem

Marshall Bruce "Eminem" Mathers III, now in his 40's, struggled with a very serious addiction to prescription pain medication. In December 2007, he overdosed and nearly died. "If I would have got to the hospital two hours later, that would have been it," he said. Following this near death experience, the rapper documented much of his drug struggles through his albums "Relapse" and "Recovery". Eminem has since replaced his previous drug addictions with exercise.