If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that being a celebrity is a hard life. All those premieres and awards ceremonies, the endless fawning, the travel, fame and fortune, the cars and houses. It sounds painfully stressful. It’s no wonder so many celebs turn to drugs.
Michael Jackson was far from your typical drug abuser, and it feels unfair to make him the reigning poster boy for the celebrity drug overdose, particularly when he’s the perfect poster boy for so many other things. Perhaps that’s the most tragic thing about his surprise death by overdose—it was completely unearned.