The world has lost far too many bright stars to drug addiction and alcohol abuse. From Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse to Cory Monteith and Philip Seymour Hoffman, celebrity deaths from drug and alcohol overdoses leave millions of fans in mourning. Could we have saved these stars?
What do these celebrity drug deaths have in common? See for yourself in our Celebrity Drug Death Memorial Wall, an interactive flipbook that documents 75 celebrities who have passed away due to complications with substance abuse.
1. Drew Barrymore
Former child star Drew Barrymore’s drug abuse in her teenage years found her controversial fame, including two trips to rehab that motivated her to get back on track with her career.
2. Mary-Kate Olsen
“Full House” actress Mary-Kate Olsen suffered from anorexia and a related cocaine addiction that led her to rehab. The Olsen twins have since designed a $55,000 pill-covered handbag.
3. Lindsay Lohan
Once the adorable child star in the original film, The Parent Trap, Lindsay Lohan has since lost control of her life, including cocaine and alcohol abuse, DUI arrests, jail time and multiple stints in rehab.
4. Tila Tequila
Bisexual reality dating star Tila Tequila is known for her publicity stunts and drug use.
5. Mischa Barton
“The O.C.” star Mischa Barton has gotten more press for drug use than for acting. Her DUI and marijuana possession have kept her in the spotlight.
6. Corey Haim
The Lost Boys child star Corey Haim found himself lost in drugs at a young age. His death in 2010 was attributed to a bad prescription medication concoction.
7. Jeremy London
While he was still struggling, actor Jeremy London denied his drug use with a ridiculous story about how a guy kidnapped him and forced him to use drugs.
8. River Phoenix
Promising actor River Phoenix, known in the ’80s for his role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, shocked the world when his 1993 death exposed him as a heroin addict.
9. David Hasselhoff
“Baywatch” boy David Hasselhoff began struggling with alcohol in the early 1970s. Wearing only sweatpants, he fled a rehab center in 2002.
10. Robert Downey Jr.
Although actor Robert Downey Jr. first tried drugs at the young age of six, it wasn’t until 1996 that he faced his first drug-related arrest. After a troubling period with drug abuse, Downey Jr. has achieved an inspiring comeback from addiction.