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8 Celebrities Who Cracked Under the Stress of Superstardom

Photo of Billie HOLIDAYBillie Holiday

Billie Holiday’s story may have been written in the stars, but unfortunately achieving success only cemented a sad end for the enormously talented jazz singer. Born in Philadelphia, Holiday had a tough childhood that included rape and prostitution. She had nearly a decade of success in the 1940s and performed a few comeback shows in the ’50s, however the experience was also filled with drugs, alcohol and a string of abusive relationships with men.

In 1959, at the age of 44, Holiday died the morning before she was to be arraigned for drug possession.

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Jimi Hendrix

Guitarist Jimi Hendrix was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992, more than 20 years after his death. Hendrix is hailed as an icon who transformed the sound of rock and roll. The young musician saw success in the late ’60s and soon became the world’s highest-paid performer. Early in his short career Hendrix struggled with drug use.  In 1970, he died from inhalation of vomit and barbiturate intoxication. He was 27.

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6 thoughts on “8 Celebrities Who Cracked Under the Stress of Superstardom

  1. Cynthia Cornelius says:

    It is so sad that the majority of these celebrities allowed some form of drug/medication to control their existence.

  2. weaklings every single one of them

  3. Nancy Hill says:

    It's not enough to be talented, smart, kind, wealthy, one must also be strong.

  4. Dmax Lomax says:

    All except 2 of them also talked about the very sadistic and satanic side of the industry before they suddenly passed away too. Just a thought though.

  5. This report was worded wrong because some of these so called stars didn't crack from the pressure of stardom. Micheal Jackson was raised by nut cases to be and was already a nut case. Fact! Marion Jones? Come on she was put through criminal charges and found guilty. Prior to that she was quiet. Hendrix was involved in a group of artist who were killed for secret societal control reason. Him and all those artist were worth more dead. L. Hill and Chris Brown and Cat Williams do fit the category but you, the writer should've already saw what I just revealed! Seriously. Peace—All fact based comments. Title the reports right ya

  6. Nick Monkton says:

    What about Kurt Cobain?

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