Well, this round with celebrity addiction was especially jarring for Mac Miller fans and rap listeners around the globe; bringing to light the very real probability that, left untreated, addiction too, can and will kill you.
-and before anyone starts in with that, “people die every day and no one bats an eye but one celebrity overdoses and everyone loses their mind…” no, it isn’t that celebrities matter more than any one of us. We just collectively share the love and mourn their losses.
So much so that it hits especially close to home when one dies abruptly. Especiall from something many of us struggle with or know someone who does/has struggled with.
In the days after Miller’s death still in the wake of Demi’s overdose earlier this summer, celebrities, and their addictions have made the choice to take their personal struggles with addiction to the public spotlight.
Macklemore, who is far from silent about his own recovery from addiction,”wish I didn’t drink all of that glass first…wish I put the bottle back on the shelf” he writes in one of his songs.
In other posts, I demonstrate how far reaching celebrity addiction can get, in the post 7 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Written About Addiction. When asked about Mac Miller’s recent passing, Macklemore had this to say,
-“shared the same disease. A disease that is out to kill us, and when left untreated eventually will.”
It doesn’t discriminate against celebrities, career type, college education, marital status, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
The only criteria for addiction are that you have a pulse.
-That some people are slightly more susceptible can be argued to great debate, however, the foundation is the same;
No one, not even our most idolized celebs are safe from addiction, or the devastation it can cause.
(RIP Malcolm James “Mac Miller” McCormick Jan 19, 1992-Sept. 7, 2018)