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Coroner Reports Heroin And Alcohol Killed ‘Glee’ Star, Cory Monteith

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Cory Monteith ~ 1982-2013

The sad news of Cory Monteith’s death in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia stunned fans of the Glee actor, who was only 31.

Tributes Left for Cory Montheith at Vancouver's Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel
Tributes left for Cory Montheith at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

 

Sickening. Heartbreaking. And I hate the fact that I knew this was going to be the outcome of the Coroner’s report. If you’ve followed Dipped in Cream over the past five years, you know where I’m coming from on this subject.

via CNN:

 “At this point there is no evidence to suggest Mr. Monteith’s death was anything other than a most-tragic accident,” the coroners service said in a statement, adding that no further details were available pending a full investigation.

Monteith, 31, was found dead Saturday in his room by staff members at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel after he missed his checkout time.

The actor spent time in rehab this year, checking into a drug addiction treatment facility in late March.

Monteith had been frank about his struggles with substance abuse, telling Parade magazine in 2011 that he began using drugs at 13 and by 19 went into rehab after his mother and friends intervened.”

 

Cory and Lea just last month.
Cory and Lea just last month.

Cory’s friends and castmates have given statements or posted on Twitter, with the exception of his co-star and fiancee Lea Michele.

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I hope the media just leave Lea the hell alone, as well as Cory’s family.

Heroin is the devil.

Filed Under: RIP

Celine Dion Says ‘Drugs and Bad Influence’ Killed Whitney Houston on ‘Good Morning America’

Whitney and Celine

Celine Dion called it as she sees it this morning on Good Morning America today.  The Titanic-singer called in to the morning show early today to voice her opinion on the death of Whitney Houston.

via ABC:

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“It’s just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people or bad influence took over. It took over [Whitney]’s dreams. It took over her love and motherhood.”

Celine called ‘Good Morning America’ on Monday to talk about the late pop singer and offer her two cents about drugs and the entertainment industry. Dion continued:

“When you think about Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, to get into drugs like that, for whatever reason… Is it because of the stress and bad influence? What happens when you have everything? What happens when you have love, support, the family, motherhood? You have responsibilities of a mother and then something happens and it destroys everything.”

“That’s why I don’t do parties and I don’t hang out. That’s why I’m not part of show business. We have to be afraid…Taking pills to go perform and taking pills to wake up and taking pills to go to bed. It’s so unfortunate,” she said.

“I’ve always said you have to have fun and do music and you can never be part of show business because you don’t what it’s going to get yourself into,” Dion continued. “You have to do your work and get out of there.”

A lot of folks are gonna be irritated by Celine’s public frankness today.  I have so many thoughts about this subject; let’s see if I can actually put them all into something cohesive.

It’s being widely reported that Whitney partied hard prior to her assistants finding her lifeless body in that bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.  I chose not to write about her that night, and the questions that were being asked about an apparently bloody and sweaty Whitney leaving a nightclub a couple of days prior to her death.  It was just too sad and tragic to look at those photos, let alone write about Whitney’s ongoing decline.

I want to know what your first thought was when you heard of Whitney’s death.  Did you automatically assume it was drug-related? I did.  I sure did. The fact that Whitney had lived a rather rough life-style over the past 10-15 years is no secret.  We all saw it played out in the media and even on that god-awful reality show she appeared on with her then-husband Bobby Brown.  (Feel free to look up Bobby’s criminal record here, if you have some time on your hands.)

Karen Carpenter

 

Listen.  Years of drug abuse takes a toll on one’s body, the same way that years of anorexia ravages a body.  Technically, Karen Carpenter died of heart failure, right?  But what led up to her heart giving out?  Years and years of abusing her body with laxatives and starvation, that’s what.  It’s not rocket science. Whitney was dying right in front of our eyes for well over a decade.   A 48 year-old woman doesn’t just DIE in a bathtub.  I can only imagine the horror her friends must have endured finding her under water. It’s an image I can’t get out of my head.  Can you?

The rumors of Whitney taking a crap-load of benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium and the like) for “anxiety” cannot be ignored.  The years of admitted cocaine use cannot be ignored.  The decades of drug abuse was going to eventually…and quite literally, break Whitney’s heart.  There is an extremely hard-hitting piece calledDidn’t She Almost Have It All?” written on Salon.com about Whitney’s spiral.  I suggest you read the post, if nothing but for a wake-up call.

Oh, and I do know of what I speak–personally, and I’ve seen it happen to friends and my own family members.  Addiction is the devil.  Add celebrity to the mix and it’s got to be a bloody nightmare, just as Celine stated this morning.

I stand by my initial thought:  “Whitney’s poor heart just couldn’t take it anymore.”

God Bless Whitney, Cissy and Bobbi Kristina.

 

Amy Winehouse Has Died and I Need to Write About Her, Okay?

Amy Winehouse - 1983-2011

 

Go ahead and file this post under Self-Indulgent and Self-Absorbed…bear with me for just a second, though, please?

It was early 2007 when I began to drown in Amy Winehouse.  Her voice, her achingly sad and ironic lyrics, her look, everything.  Hook. Eyeliner. Sinker.

Emotionally and ultimately physically, I was in a black hole, which probably drew me into Amy’s web even more.  Someone understood and put it all into words.  It felt warm and safe when I was surrounded by Amy’s smoky voice.  It wasn’t safe, though.  Amy was a modern-day,  Billie Holiday in my eyes and I wanted to be smothered in the gardenia-scented heaviness of her pain so it could mingle with my own.

I make no secret of my struggles with depression, anorexia and addiction. This dark thunder cloud in my soul was manifested by the childhood sexual abuse I suffered, thus making chunks of my life nearly unbearable.  I held it together the best I could, but then…I just couldn’t anymore.  Had it not been for some eye-opening therapy and the profound love from and for my husband, I don’t know…I just don’t know what would have happened.

Sadly, I personally know the pain of a mother seeing her own child struggle with addiction.  The fear, anger, dread, and stomach-dropping emotional roller-coaster of raw nerves can’t even begin to describe the waking-nightmare of the rage and despair that took up residency in my heart.

The makeshift memorial outside Amy's home in Camden

The point in all of my school-girl rambling here is that this young woman needed help.  LOTS of help.  Winning five Grammy Awards before you’re 25?  Accepting the awards via satellite because you’re still in REHAB?  I can’t even imagine.  This isn’t so-called Good Girl, Taylor Swift we’re talking about.  (Oh, and tick -tock on that one.)  Ugh.  Oh, and lest we forget, Natalie Cole–who had quite a struggle with substance abuse in her own right–thought it would be awesome to criticize Amy’s 2008 Grammy wins:

via People.com

“I don’t think she should have won. I think it sends a bad message to our young people who are trying to get into this business, the ones who are trying to do it right and really trying to keep themselves together,” said Cole, 58. “We have to stop rewarding bad behavior.

Cole says: “I’m sorry. I think the girl is talented, gifted, but it’s not right for her to be able to have her cake and eat it too. She needs to get herself together.”

Happy and smug now, Miss Cole?  I smelled your rotten, sour grapes back when you made that statement and the stench is still resonating from the compost pile.

I’ve read some really disturbing remarks regarding Amy’s death.  Yes, we can all pretty much assume she died of some sort of substance overdose.  Her troubles with alcohol and drug addiction is fairly well documented in this age of the internet, unlike when Kurt Cobain also died (by his own hand) at the age of 27.   The cruelty of some of the statements, (i.e. “She deserved to die!”) are simply merciless and vulgar.  If figures, too,  that there is a tinge of sexism in the media, even in death.  Whatever.   Amy surrounded herself with some sketchy people, hangers-on…and her own demons, which turned into a deadly combination when mixed with fame, money and a proclivity to severe addiction.

Russell Brand has come forward with very tender and perceptive statement regarding Amy’s life and death.  The opening paragraph stabbed my consciousness.

 

Russell and Amy Photo: GettyImages

 

I suggest you read all of Russell’s Letter to Amy.

Rest in Peace sounds so trite…but I hope Amy is indeed at peace.