Six Famous People Who Died From Alcoholism


Six Famous People Who Died From Alcoholism

Six Famous People Who Died From Alcoholism

Individuals of all social classes, all intelligence levels, and all races can fall victim to the grip of alcoholism. Many have died untimely deaths as a result. The alcoholic death is one of the saddest to witness and is often a very painful way to die. 

Common causes of death due to alcoholism include accidents and alcohol poisoning, but many deaths due to alcoholism result from problems that are more progressive and the alcoholic suffers for longer periods of time. This is particularly the case when they experience hemorrhage or liver failure due to cirrhosis. Alcoholics can also die from withdrawals. 

Many influential people in history have lost their battle to alcoholism. No amount of fame or money can fix the disease. Alcoholism has also led to many suicides due to the hopelessness felt by the alcoholic. Many famous people died from alcoholism. This goes to show that overcoming this disease is not a matter of intelligence or talent.

1.) Amy Winehouse

In 2011 Singer-songwriter, Amy Winehouse, died from acute alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. She had been battling drug addiction many years.

2.) Keith Whitley

In 1989, rising country music star, Keith Whitley was found face-down in his home, dead as a result of alcohol poisoning at the age of 34. Keith Whitey was married to fellow country star, Lori Morgan. They had a little boy in 1987. 

3.) Richard Burton

Richard Burton was a famous actor. He starred in Cleopatra with his former wife, Elizabeth Taylor. He spoke openly about his alcoholism and lost his battle to the disease in 1984 at the age of 58. The cause of death was a brain hemorrhage, caused by years of addiction.

4.) Truman Capote

Novelist Truman Capote, famous for Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood, battled with alcoholism and drug addiction throughout his life. In the late 1970s was in and out of treatment centers. He passed away in 1984 at the age of 59 as a result of liver disease complicated by drug and alcohol abuse.

5.) President Franklin D. Pierce

14th President, Franklin Pierce, battled chronic alcoholism. He served as President of the United States from 1853 to 1857. He developed cirrhosis of the liver. After attempting to control his drinking, during his last years, he resumed drinking heavily and passed away in 1869, at the age of 64. 

6.) Hank Williams, Sr.

Country music legend, Hank Williams Sr., died in 1953, at the age of 29. The cause of death was heart failure due to drug and alcohol abuse. Although he would remain abstinent for periods of time, he eventually succumbed to the fatal effects of alcoholism.

Deliverance from dependency on alcohol is truly a blessing and a gift that not everyone is fortunate enough to receive or achieve. Alcoholism is a progressive issue that never gets better without abstaining from alcohol. The ultimate result is death.

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