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Reader Response: The Different Story of Celebrity Overdoses

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Some of you will remember, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a heroin overdose in February 2014.

I wrote about his death, expressing my sorrow (especially because he’d been doing so well, or seemed to be, last year), and it sparked an interesting conversation about how we react to celebrity drug overdoses compared to how we react to “Regular Joe” overdoses.

(By “we,” I mean the public — not the media.)


Andre 3000 As Hendrix in ‘Jimi: All Is By My Side’ Biopic

Monday, March 24th, 2014

The new Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side, premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014, apparently to rave reviews.

Actually, its star — Andre 3000 of Outkast, who reportedly practiced the guitar six hours a day to prep for the film — is receiving most of the glory.


Kings of Leon “Mechanical Bull” Tour: Worth the Tickets?

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

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Guess which blogger has two thumbs and went to see Kings of Leon this past weekend?

That’s right: this girl.


Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Dead at 46; Police Suspect Drug Overdose

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

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(UPDATE 2/5/14: Four individuals have been arrested in relation to Hoffman’s drug overdose, according to The New York Daily News and CNN. Authorities found more than 350 bags of heroin in three different apartments. (Upon further investigation, 70 bags of heroin were found in Hoffman’s apartment. Currently, police aren’t certain whether those four individuals sold the heroin to Hoffman or if they’re part of a larger drug ring.)

(UPDATE 2/3/14: CNN reports Hoffman failed to pick up his children Sunday, as was scheduled, and law enforcement found Hoffman surrounded by eight empty bags, the type of which generally contain heroin. The bags were labeled “Ace of Spades” and “Ace of Hearts.” Both are known street names for heroin.)

Celebrity Psychings has sad news to report today: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died.

The 46-year-old Oscar-winning actor, famous for his roles as Truman Capote in Capote and Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, was found dead in his New York City apartment at noon (February 2, 2014).

At the time of this post, a cause of death is unknown or has not been released; however, police do suspect a drug overdose due to a needle in his arm:

The official cause of death is still unknown at this point, however, the police confirm to “The Insider With Yahoo” that he may have died of a suspected overdose, as he was found with a needle in his arm.

Hearing about Seymour’s death is especially tragic because — less than one year ago — the actor had completed rehab and was on a seemingly strong road to recovery. He’d wrapped up his role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and, at the time, was working on indie film God’s Pocket.

I’ll update as news becomes available.

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to Hoffman’s three children Tallulah Hoffman, Cooper Alexander Hoffman, and Willa Hoffman, and his partner Mimi O’Donnell.


Jonathan Rhys Meyers Impresses ‘Dracula’ Coworkers

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Seems like things are looking up for Jonathan Rhys Meyers!

Thanks to Netflix, The Tudors isn’t exactly long gone; however, the 36-year-old Meyers is filling another swoon-worth role as Alexander Grayson, the lead in NBC’s new fall drama, Dracula.

Aside from Albert Nobbs (written by and starring Glenn Close), we haven’t seen much of Meyers, who’s reportedly struggled with substance abuse and alcohol addiction and entered rehab on several occasions.

Starting October 25, though, we’ll see him every Friday night!

(Unless you’re in the UK, in which case you have to wait until Halloween–which, let’s face it, is way cooler.)


Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan Airs Tonight

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

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Just a quick heads up, sweet readers:

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight, and if you’re wondering what the 60-minute sit-down’s going to be like, here are just a few of the questions we see Oprah ask Lindsay in the preview:

  • “Are you an addict?
  • “Do you think you are addicted to chaos?”
  • “When you get the first DUI, is that a wake-up call?”
  • “What does it feel like to be both an adjective and a verb for ‘child star gone wrong’?”
  • “What do you know about yourself now that you wish you’d known six rehabs ago?”
  • “What’s going to be different this time?”

Clearly, Oprah’s not pussyfooting around. Unfortunately, we don’t get any sneak-peek answers from Lindsay.

(Sort of unrelated note: I always thought the point of Oprah’s Next Chapter was to interview folks about their next chapter; however, Oprah.com tells me the idea for the show came after Oprah “moved into the next chapter.” So…okay.)

Oprah’s Next Chapter: Lindsay Lohan airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Check OWN and your local network listings for details.

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Gwyneth Paltrow On Sex Addiction and “Thanks for Sharing”

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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Gwyneth Paltrow is dipping her acting toes in the addiction pool once again, film lovers.

The Country Strong actress stars in the upcoming Thanks for Sharing, a film about three people who are undergoing a 12-step program for sex addiction.

However, this time around Paltrow doesn’t play the addict like she did in Country Strong; instead, she plays Phoebe, a woman who becomes romantically involved with Adam (Mark Ruffalo), a sex addict.


Drug Abuse and Alcoholism: Painting the Face of Addiction

Monday, July 15th, 2013

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(UPDATE July 16, 2013: Cory Monteith’s official cause of death was a drug overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.)

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Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the Emmy award-winning musical comedy-drama Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room over the weekend.

Some news sources have reported drug overdose as the suspected cause of death, but thus far police have confirmed only that they don’t believe foul play was involved.

An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday, July 15, 2013), after which the coroner will be closer to establishing an official cause of death.


Celebrate These Celebrity Mental Health Success Stories!

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

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Happy 4th of July, sweet readers!

(Well, almost, or belated, depending on when you’re reading this.)

In honor of July 4th, I thought we’d take a look back at four of the most inspiring celebrity mental health stories of 2013 so far.

After (and sometimes before and during) battling addiction and mental illness, these famous folk have enjoyed successful careers and helped spread education, encouragement, and hope to others.

1. Friends Star Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry has been pretty vocal about his own prescription pain pill addiction and rehab. After a friend introduced him to the nation’s drug court system, he became pretty vocal about that, too, leading U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske to present him with the Champion of Recovery Award for “giving a voice to millions of Americans in recovery.” (Actor Matthew Perry Awarded for Drug Court Advocacy)


Weekend Reading: Filter Frontman Richard Patrick Talks Mental Health, Drugs, and Sobriety

Friday, June 14th, 2013

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I suppose this could be a Weekend Listening post, too, because guess who got back together and released a new album last week?

Filter!

Why, yes, I am excited about it!

Filter’s first album, Short Bus, was one of the first CDs I owned, and their 2000 hit “Take a Picture” off Title of Record was a pretty regular jam during my freshman year of college.

Just in time for the band’s sixth and latest studio release, The Sun Comes Out Tonight, Filter frontman Richard Patrick talked exclusively with The Fix about how both his past drug and alcohol abuse and his current sobriety have played a role in the band’s failures and successes.

Even though Filter had all this success, eventually I’m 33 and bent over a coffee table, addicted to cocaine as well. My dreams were being put on hold just to handle this addiction and minimize my insecurities.


 

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