Famous Heroin Addicts
Famous heroin addicts and users may become infamous once they
are found to be using. The list of celebrity heroin addicts include
actors, musicians, writers and even one of the founding fathers
of the United States was a user. Learn more about this hero on
Robert Downey, Jr.
If you're wondering who
the using founding father is then I'll just plain
out tell you it was Ben Franklin (pictured below). Although heroin
wasn't invented back then Ben Franklin used opium
(heroin is a derivate) occasionally. Some of the full-blown celebrity
heroin addicts on our list include actors such as John
Belushi, Robert Downey, Jr.,
Bela Lugosi and Tom Sizemore. The late John Belushi was also a
famous cocaine addict throughout
most of his adult life. Later, Belushi began using heroin and
his death is usually attributed to a speedball overdose.
Robert Downey, Jr. (pictured at top) is another famous heroin
addict on the list who still has a career making movies. Kicked
off the set of Ally McBeal for drug abuse and his subsequent
stint in rehab made it difficult to find work for a while.
Bela Lugosi played "Dracula" in old movies and was
a famous addict of his time for over 10 years. Tom Sizemore is
another celebrity heroin addict who has been in and out of rehab
for a number of years. Sizemore had a VH1 series for a while called
"Shooting Sizemore" and recently has been doing a stint
on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew".
Some of the other famous heroin addicts that are actors include
comedians Chris Farley and John
Candy. Mackenzie Phillips
and Mike Starr may also be put into this group as well. TV food
critic Anthony Bourdain has talked openly about being addicted
to heroin and cocaine when he was in his 20s.
Some of the famous people with heroin addictions who are also
musicians include Kurt Cobain (and
of course Courtney Love), David
Bowie, Miles Davis, Jerry Garcia,
Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Keith Richards, Richie Sambora,
James Taylor, Cory Monteith and even Elvis
Presley was have rumored to have dabbled with the drug.
Come As You Are ...
Kurt Cobain made headlines for months after his tragic death
from a gunshot wound (heroin was found in his system). David Bowie
has stated that he's been only an occasional heroin user as his
drug of choice is cocaine. Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Billie
Holiday who are jazz and blues musicians and singers are all famous
Grateful Dead Irony ...
Jerry Garcia of the "Grateful
Dead" also died a tragic death from a heart attack brought
on by years of heroin use. He also experimented with LSD and was
a chain smoker as well and his fans have mourned for years after
his demise. Keith Richards probably needs no mention as one can
judge from his appearance that he's had a hard road.
Looks can be deceiving though as few would have guessed that
James Taylor would also fit into this category. It's well-known
that Elvis Presley took both prescribed and illicit drugs and
heroin is mentioned in some of the literature as something The
King has tried.
Quoth the Raven ...
Two of the celebrity heroin addicts on our list that are also
writers include William S. Burroughs and Edgar Allen Poe. Burroughs
was a revolutionary writer who founded the "beat" movement.
Edgar Allen Poe was around before heroin was invented (like Ben
Franklin) and used the precursor opium. It has often been quoted
that Poe wrote his famous poem, "The Raven" while under
the influence of opium.
Edgar Allen Poe
Here are a few other heroin addicts for the list including Phil
Lynott (Thin Lizzy), River Phoenix, Sid Vicious, Russell Brand,
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cory Monteith.
While these are some of the notable heroin addicts, this list
is not all inclusive. There are other celebrity addicts found
on the other pages of this site who had a different drug of choice
and may have dabbled in heroin or whose heroin use may have gone