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7 Celebrities Who Were Once Pharmacists

We alternate between loving and hating them, between being their admirers and being repulsed by their behavior, and between wanting to be like them and thanking God we’re nothing like them. Celebrities have a way of doing that to you, swinging you like a pendulum from one side to the other. It’s not exactly sour grapes, but we do wish at times that we had some of their money and fame. The truth is, we’re voyeurs to their lives which are played out on the public arena. And if there’s one lesson we can learn from the dramas that we’re spectators to, it’s that fame and fortune are a dangerous combination to handle – it makes you go off your rocker more often than not. If you want proof, look no further than the below list – it’s a tongue-in-cheek look at a few celebrities who decided to play pharmacist and had to end up paying with their lives for it. So here goes, 7 celebrities who were once pharmacists:

1. Michael Jackson: His story says it all – from being a child singing sensation to the uncrowned king of the music world, from hero to zero, from idol to an image of scorn, Michael Jackson had seen it all. What did him in finally was the craving most celebrities have to remain in the limelight, the addiction to fame that will not allow them to retire gracefully as their sunset years approach. Michael was looking to recapture the brilliance of his youth with his “final curtain call” comeback concert This is It, but unfortunately, he bowed out before even taking the stage because of a combination of the drugs propofol, lorazepam and midazolem.

2. Elvis Presley: The official toxicology report found not just one or even two drugs in the King’s body when he was found dead at the age of 42, but 14. With an overdose of codeine, methaqualone, Quaaludes and other “prescription” drugs that he took for his heart condition, Elvis Presley was a walking time bomb waiting to go off and annihilate himself.

3. Marilyn Monroe: At the height of her career, this beautiful star had it all. Yet, it wasn’t enough. She was found dead at the age of 32 at her LA home with high levels of the barbiturates Nembutal and chloral hydrate in her blood. Whether it was intentional suicide or an accidental overdose, we’ll never really know.

4. Bruce Lee: This rising star had it all – fame, fortune and fans. But all it took to end his life at the very young age of 32 was one tiny pill, the painkiller equagesic which caused him to suffer an acute cerebral edema. Apparently the drug was given to him by his friend who was also in the film industry to cure his headache. Unfortunately, Lee was allergic to the aspirin and muscle relaxant meprobamate in the pill and succumbed after his brain swelled abnormally.

5. Heath Ledger: We all grew to love him for his unconventional roles in the movies Brokeback Mountain and Batman Returns. His portrayal of the Joker made headlines and even won him an Oscar (posthumously). But death had the last laugh as Ledger succumbed at the age of 28 to a lethal dose of a combination of prescription drugs.

6. Anna Nicole Smith: Another celebrity who made headlines not just because of the way she lived but also because of the way she died is Anna Nicole Smith. Her body was found in a hotel in Florida with her blood showing elevated levels of more than ten drugs including chloral hydrate, clonazepam, valium, oxazepam, and lorazepam.

7. Brittany Murphy: The tragic end of this rising star came about because of a combination of pneumonia, anemia, and elevated levels of the prescription drugs hydrocodone, acetaminophen, L-methamphetamine and chlorpheniramine.

The really sad part of all these deaths is that they happened when the celebrities (most of them) were very young and had their whole lives ahead of them. But then, I guess fame goes to your head literally, when it comes in the form of prescription drugs.