Why Are Celebs Likely To Die Young?

by Howard K. Smith on September 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse and many other celebrities live fast and die young.

Amy Winehouse died at a young age.

They have everything- fame, money and power and yet there is one thing that’s likely to elude them- ‘natural death’. This is not my statement; this is what history tells us and the present affirms. From Princess Diana, John Lenon, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain to more recent deaths of Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse, the world has witnessed countless extraordinary talents succumbing to premature deaths. Rest of us can just wonder or give our condolences but what these incidents essentially reveal to us is that fame comes at a price. A very gory price to pay indeed!

From the rear end of the fame game, we are likely to wonder why. What can they possibly be missing from a life that the entire world envies to succumb to such dark ends? It’s a reasonable question to ask considering the fact that apart from few unfortunate accidents, a majority of these tragedies are self-inflicted. It can be drug overdose, excessive drinking, excessive bleeding or a fatal shot but why, we are left wondering, do their seemingly perfect lives meet such tragic ends?

The answer to the public dismay on a number of such tragedies is often left to speculation and rumors. Of course, there is bound to be some level of mystery surrounding such events even when the causes are obvious. Conspiracy theories and fanatic exaggerations are usually associated with such tragedies giving rise to some intriguing urban legends. On the other end of these fantasies however, lie the harsh realities of these tragic consequences. With few exceptions, like the apparently needless murder of John Lenon or the mysterious car crash of Princess Diana, these tragedies may not be as sudden and unexpected as we usually imagine them to be. More often than not, they are in fact the inevitable outcomes of a series of lifestyle choices that celebrities find themselves prone to at the height of their career.

Fame is a complicated thing to handle. As helpless spectators, we just see the flying colors in stage and the grand receptions. What we fail to realize is that beneath the colorful décor of fame, our celebrities are in fact perfectly normal human beings prone to every ordinary temptations of life as we all are. As mentioned earlier, fame comes at a price. A wise person once declared that ‘a true artist is ultimately engulfed by his own art.’ At the epic of their art, numerous artist struggle to grasp the essence of their accomplishments and often get lost in the world they had created with their artistic brilliance. But not every temptation is necessarily as profound as this artistic dilemma. Some artists find themselves enslaved to addictive measures in a desperate attempt to retain the virtual paradise of grandeur creeping inside their head with increasing fame. Fame can be a hard thing to earn but equally challenging is to escape its enslavement. Beware! The life of a celebrity is not technically healthy for everybody.

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