Cory Monteith’s life tragically ended in a Vancouver hotel room Saturday after what appeared to be a case of “The Lifestyle” seen by so many accomplished celebrities– Sex, Drugs and Rock n, Roll . Unfortunately, Cory became famous with an already present substance abuse problem which started at the age of 13, finally seeking rehab at the age of 19. I guess the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll just became too attractive to pull away. It’s a shame to lose another talented actor at such a young age (31) and he will be missed by many, including the fans of the hit show “Glee.” R.I.P. Cory. As this is sad and disturbing, I have re-posted by article that I wrote in 2011 when we lost another highly creative individual– Amy Winehouse.
Remembering Amy Winehouse –
You don’t have to be a genius to know that the death of R & B star Amy Winehouse at age 27 — whether or not directly caused by substance abuse- probably was caused by a lifestyle choice that greatly lessened her chance of seeing middle-age, much less 30. Unfortunately, Amy joins a long list of talented and accomplished musicians who died from drug-related issues at age 27, a list that includes Jimi Hendrix (age 27); Kurt Cobain ( age 27); Janis Joplin (age 27); Jim Morrison (age 27), Brian Jones (Age 27), Tim Buckley (Age 27), and Alan Wilson (age 27). And of course, there are many more. We lost Whitney Houston at 48 And now we have lost Cory Montieth, at 31.
One issue– that no one talks about– is that being an actor, a musician or any profession which requires a great deal of time traveling especially at the famous/almost famous level is hard: Touring, an absolute necessity for survival these days, can be boring, exhausting, and very lonely. Think about changing cities (or countries) every 2 days, traveling at night, and spending most of your time in an unknown city/country in an antiseptic hotel room– for 18 months.
The other thing is that the party theme of Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll has presented an image that has pushed many young creatives into an extremely early death, as if those magic words would prevent physical deterioration or death because you’re young and playing and acting and/or playing music. And unfortunately, it’s all so very part of the A Level Celebrity EcoChain of Dating (ecochaingofdating.com)
So it’s 2013 and we just lost Cory Monteith. In 2012, we lost Whitney. And in 2011 we lost Amy Winehouse– at age 27. Isn’t time we embraced another slogan that isn’t so …deadly?
Health, Wealth and Rock n’ Roll, anyone? Are you listening Dr. Drew?