2014 In Memorium

2014 was a difficult year in terms of deaths in the entertainment world.

With heavy hearts, we are remembering some of the celebrities whose struggles with drug or alcohol addiction contributed to their untimely deaths.

2014’s Fallen Stars

Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Oscar-winning actor, 46, was discovered dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday, February 2, 2014. Hoffman still had a needle (presumably to inject heroin) in his arm, plus a large amount of heroin and prescription drugs in his dwelling. Four people connected to Hoffman’s death were arrested, though none have received jail time.

Prior to his fatal overdose, Hoffman had publicly struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, relapsing after 23 years of sobriety in 2013.

Peaches Geldof

The 25-year old daughter of musician Bob Geldof died of a heroin overdose in early April 2014. An English journalist and model, Geldof had been taking methadone, a medication used in drug detoxification programs, for 2 1/2 years prior to her death, but had resumed her heroin use in February 2014. Her mother, television personality Paula Yates, died of heroin use at age 41, when Geldof was just 11.

Elizabeth Peña

The 55-year old actress, known for comic roles in Modern Family, “Rush Hour,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” and “La Bamba,” died on October 15, 2014 from cirrhosis of the liver. Her condition was brought on by a long history of alcoholism.

Robin Williams

Beloved comedian, actor, and father Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11. Though Williams’ death was not an overdose, he struggled for years with drug and alcohol abuse. He also had depression (which is common for those with addiction problems) and was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His death was a tragic reminder of the need for mental health treatment.

Our thoughts are with the families of these lost entertainers, particularly during the holiday season.

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