In the last few weeks, two very famous and influential women passed: Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford and founder of the Betty Ford Center, and Amy Winehouse, an influential British singer known for her unique combination of soul, jazz, and R&B. These two women achieved fame and recognition in different arenas–Betty Ford for advocating women’s rights and Amy Winehouse for an incredible voice. Their shared connection, however, was the disease of addiction. Though they both battled this deadly disease, the outcome of their battles took decidedly different paths. Betty Ford traveled the path of sobriety while Amy Winehouse continued to struggle with addiction, reportedly, until the very end of her life.
Mike Starr, former bassist for Alice In Chains, passed away on March 8, 2011. Some media outlets reported that it related to his struggles with the disease of addiction. While the cause of death has not yet been determined, it is clear that Starr endured a long battle with the disease of addiction, attempting several times to get addiction treatment help. Despite appearances on the reality shows Celebrity Rehab and Sober House, Starr’s alleged struggles with addiction continued with an arrest in February 2011 for felony possession of a controlled substance. Our thoughts go out to Starr’s family during this time.
Below is a list of bands that have lost members due to complications related to struggles with the disease of addiction.
I used to represent N.C. State University, running cross country and track- and I distinctly remember the thrill of seeing both Tim Montgomery and Marion Jones (as well as several other elite athletes) practicing on the track. These were people we looked up to. But not anymore. It now seems that there aren’t any “clean” athletes left. As many of us already know, Jones is finishing out her jail time, and as she finishes hers, Montgomery may very well be beginning his.
According to a report by Associated Press Writer, Steve Szkotak:
Disgraced former Olympic track star Tim Montgomery, once dubbed “the world’s fastest man,” was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for dealing heroin to an informant.
It was not long ago that Heath Ledger died from an overdose of prescription medication. Shortly after there was some speculation as to how much money the late actor was leaving behind, and if his daughter would be taken care of by his estate. News out September 29th shows that his daughter Matilda Rose will indeed be taken care of. As stands the actors daughter stands to inherit the entire estate of her father which is valued at 16.6 million dollars.
Ledger’s will was composed before the birth of his daughter and all of his assets were willed to his parents and sisters, however both parties decided it was best to “gift” the millions to Matilda Rose. According to Yahoo the actor’s father Kim stated in March that:
Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle has come out to report her actions as being selfish in her recent split with Jesse Metcalfe. You might remember Metcalfe from such shows as Desperate Housewives-and well, that’s about all he is known for. Apparently the actor has been suffering with alcohol addiction and it was too much for Coyle to bear after a year of dating.
This is only the latest in a string of embarrassments for Metcalfe. After Housewives he struggled to find good work, and his only recent notable appearance in the tabloids came after he was beaten up outside of a nightclub. After this debacle he was seen riding around town on a motorcycle, a move that was viewed as an attempt to toughen up his fading image.