Alcoholism is a deadly disease that has claimed the lives of many celebrities over the years. From singers and actors to comedians and writers, no one is immune to the devastating effects of alcohol abuse.
Some of the most famous stars who died of alcoholism include:
Amy Winehouse: The talented singer-songwriter was found dead in her London home on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27. The cause of death was alcohol intoxication, as she had a blood alcohol level of 0.416%, more than five times the legal limit. Winehouse had a long history of substance abuse and mental health issues, and had tried to quit drinking several times before her tragic demise.
David Cassidy: The teen idol and star of The Partridge Family died on November 21, 2017, at the age of 67. He suffered from kidney and liver failure due to alcohol abuse, and was in a medically induced coma awaiting a liver transplant. Cassidy had struggled with alcoholism for decades, and had been arrested several times for driving under the influence. He also admitted to having dementia in his later years.
Verne Troyer: The actor and comedian best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies died on April 21, 2018, at the age of 49. His death was ruled a suicide by alcohol intoxication【1】, as he had a blood alcohol level of 0.3%, almost four times the legal limit. Troyer had battled with alcoholism and depression for years, and had been hospitalized several times for alcohol poisoning.
Richard Burton: The legendary actor and husband of Elizabeth Taylor died on August 5, 1984, at the age of 58. He suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage linked to his chronic alcoholism【2】. Burton had been drinking heavily since his teens, and had been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the kidneys and liver. He also had a history of heart problems and diabetes.
George Best: The football legend and Manchester United star died on November 25, 2005, at the age of 59. He succumbed to multiple organ failure caused by alcoholism and complications following a liver transplant. Best had been addicted to alcohol since his early twenties, and had been warned by doctors that he would die if he did not stop drinking. He also suffered from depression and bipolar disorder.
These are just some of the examples of how alcoholism can ruin lives and careers. Alcoholism is not a bad habit or a lack of self-control; it is a serious disease that requires professional help and support. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, please seek help as soon as possible. There is hope and recovery for those who want it.