7 Outrageous Facts About Famous Celebrities Using Drugs
To say that rapper 50 Cent had a difficult childhood would be an understatement. Born as Curtis Jackson III, he grew up in an impoverished urban neighborhood in Queens, New York.
He was raised without a father and his mother died when he was 8, after which he went to live with his grandparents and 8 aunts and uncles. At the age of 12, he began dealing narcotics as a way to raise money.
However it never crossed his mind, even to this day, to take those drugs. He saw what they did to his mother’s siblings and would rather save than money than blow it on drugs. At a correctional boot camp, he adopted the name 50 cent as a metaphor for "change." He is now a successful rapper, entrepreneur, investor, record producer, and actor.
If you've seen Iron Man enough, you might have caught the Burger King product placement.
While product placement isn't exactly a rarity anymore (in fact, it's only going to increase in movies in the coming years), the deal to have Burger King in Iron Man was actually spawned because of how it saved Robert Downey Jr.'s life.
According to RDJ, in 2003 he was driving a car full of drugs when he decided to go grab a burger.
The burger he had was, apparently, exceptionally disgusting. So repulsive was the burger that he thought something really bad was going to happen.
It made him rethink where his life was going, and so he drove down to the ocean and threw all the drugs that were in his car into it.
From that point forward, he started recovering from his drug use. Of course for Burger King it's a bit of a double edged sword, because though it's advertisement by a celebrity, a "horrible burger" doesn't really resonate that well with people.
LSD, also known as Acid, is one of the most controversial drugs in history in that many advocate that it has extensive medicinal use yet it remains prohibited as a Schedule I drug. The drug, however, it was not officially made illegal until 1970 and was commonly used since its synthesis in 1938, especially by the growing counterculture of the 1960’s.
Aldous Huxley, perhaps best known for his work “Brave New World,” was one of the most vocal advocates for LSD implementation. On his deathbed Huxley was unable to speak and simply wrote, “LSD, 100 µg, intramuscular” on a piece of paper and handed it to his wife. She obliged his last wish and injected him the drug several moments later.
Huxley passed away soon after, still heavily under the influence of LSD. Acid was extremely popular within the counterculture of the 1960’s. While Huxley was an advocate of its use he was not alone. Others that promoted LSD usage were Ken Kesey, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and the Beatles. Recently, it was revealed that Steve Jobs considered doing acid as one of the most important things he ever did in his life.
His name is Antron Singleton, but is perhaps better known by his rapper name Big Lurch. Born in 1976, he is currently serving a life sentence for murdering his 21-year-old roommate Tynisha Ysais and then consequently eating parts of her body. All of this occurred while Singleton was under the influence of PCP back in 2002.
Two years before the incident took place; Singleton was involved in a car accident that caused him to break his neck. He had immense trouble walking and was heavily medicated throughout his recovery. Even after Singleton was released from the hospital he was in pain, and admits that he began using the hallucinogenic drug PCP to cope with the pain.
While under the influence of PCP his behavior began to become more and more erratic. In fact, the drug is proven to be linked to schizophrenia and can induce schizophrenia like behavior. On April 10, 2002 Singleton was found standing naked in the street, covered in blood, screaming at the sky. Ysais body was found later, with evidence of cannibalistic behavior.
The English heavy metal guitarist was born Saul Hudson in 1965. He’s best known as the lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses. His parents were both artistic. His mom was a costume designer whose clients include David Bowies. His dad was an artist who created album covers for musicians like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. His childhood was tumultuous to say the least.
When he was 35, he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, which is a form of congestive heart failure, caused by his years of using drugs and alcohol. He was given between six days and six weeks to live. He went through physical therapy and had a defibrillator implanted in his heart, and he recovered.
He’s been clean and sober since 2006 giving full credit to his wife, Perla. After his mother died of lung cancer in 2009, Slash quit smoking. He continues to play music and tour worldwide.
Jimi Hendrix loved smashing his guitar to pieces after a searing finale, or lighting it on fire. He made it his trademark to play a right-handed guitar with his left hand. Hendrix could play with either hand, a technique he found useful when sponsoring guitars in music stores where left-handed axes were scarce. He could probably credit his ambidexterity to his father’s sternness.
Hendrix was raised solely by his father ever since he came back from World War II when Hendrix was three. It was his father who taught him to play an acoustic guitar. And he taught him right-handed. Hendrix naturally played left-handed, much to the dismay of his father, who thought playing left-handed was a sign of the Devil!
Before beginning his successful career with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix was inspired by the Greenwich Village music scene in New York. He began using drugs like marijuana, cocaine and pep pills. On September 17, 1970 Hendrix took too many sleeping pills and thereafter died from choking on his own vomit.
Robert Downey Jr. got into some trouble for drug and weapon possession. He was caught with cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and guns over the course of about 5 years from 1996-2001. He was first arrested in ’96. He was on parole a month later and again on drugs.
He was caught when he wandered into a neighbor’s house and fell asleep in one of their beds. His troubles continued when he missed required drug tests over the next few years. He was found with drugs again in 2001.
Mel Gibson would help Downey’s career when he paid the insurance bond for Downey in 2003, so that he could act in The Singing Detective. The Singing Detective was his first big screen movie since rehabbing from his drug issues. In his contract for the movie was that he would receive 40% of his pay after completion of the movie to ensure that he didn’t relapse into addictive behaviors.
That clause, receiving 40% of his pay after the movies were done, would be present in later contracts for other movies. As you probably know, he's kept out of trouble and has had a major revival and starred in popular movies such as Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, and the Avengers.