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Bee-otched For: claiming another victim
On Sunday, I was looking at Wikipedia's 2014
deaths page and there were only two names.
But, that was going to change.
I went to my aunt's house for dinner and at
the table, she asked me, "did you hear about
the actor who died?"
I asked, "who?"
My cousin replied, "Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
He died from a heroin overdose."
I was shocked. He was one of the finest actors
of our time, winning a best actor Oscar for Capote
and most-recently appeared in the Hunger
Games movies. But yes, heroin played a
role in his passing, as a needle was in his
arm while he laid on his bathroom floor dead.
Over 65 bags of heroin were discovered in his
New York apartment.
Hoffman was at the pinnacle of his career.
Many considered him the finest actor of our
time. But, he had his demons, and the big one
was heroin. He was open to his addiction,
especially when he was in his 20's. As
Hoffman's career grew, some would have thought
that a man with a soulmate, three young
children and a lavish career in movies and
Broadway would never think about hurting his
life with the needle in his arm. But, bad
things happen to good people.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman is yet another great
entertainer whose life ended because of heroin
abuse. He joins the likes of John Belushi,
Chris Farley, Janis Joplin and Cory Monteith
whose lives were cut short because of the
drug. Others have fought the abuse of the drug
and won. Ironically, Hoffmann died the same
day down the street in New Jersey where the
Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl. It was 20
years ago this year that Kurt Cobain - who
fought heroin abuse for years - died of a
self-inflicted gunshot wound. He, like
Hoffman, were born in 1967.
Seattle was also the home of Alice in Chains.
Their lead singer, Layne Staley, died of a
speedball in 2002, eight years to the day
Cobain died. He was also born in 1967.
You know, I'm proud that I never tried heroin.
Give some to me, and I won't even touch it.
When I was a teen, I saw Trainspotting
and it scared me. The erratic behavior, the
losing of bowels and the irresponsibility of
the mother who gave her kid her heroin-induced
breast milk. Are people that stupid to even
want to try it?
True, Phillip died a junkie, but his talent
did overshadow it. I think the best answer is
to never try it at all, and if you're a user,
get help. I hope that his death will help
others and will prevent it from ever
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