When too much of a drug or poison is taken, it can lead to a highly toxic effect on the body. This can also be fatal as it can cause instant death even if the overdose of drug was accidental. Any overdose of drugs is a medical emergency which requires medical attention. The symptoms which can occur in a person who has overdosed are confusion, nausea and vomiting and in most serious cases, coma. There are many celebrities who have become a victim of drug overdose, either themselves or their family members and have thus come into the lime-light. Some have been able to overcome their addiction and emerge strong and healthy while some have succumb to it.
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter’s story of grief
Nick Carter, a famous member of Backstreet Boys struggled for a long time with his addiction to drugs but fortunately, he was able to kick the habit and emerge, sober and strong. However, unfortunately his sister Leslie was not that lucky. She died of an overdose of prescription drugs at a young age of 25. Nick Carter skipped her funeral and in his memoir, Facing the Music and Living to Talk About It, he talks about the pain of losing his young sister and confesses his role in it. He feels guilty for having being a bad role model for the other kids in his family as he never took any responsibility seriously enough. His brother Aaron had to go to a rehab center in 2011 after having been caught on a photograph smoking a pipe. It was his sister who was not able to give up her addictions. She often got into trouble and because of her strained relationship with her brother Nick, she went deeper into it.
He realized that he loved her and it was after years of therapy as well as soul searching that Nick was able to come out of this addiction and forgive himself for not attending his sister’s funeral out of fear of being blamed by the family. He performed at a concert in New York just 2 days after her death and he has also confessed of having taken alcohol at the age of 2. The reason behind it was his dysfunctional family coupled with the temptations and pressures of fame.
Julia Roberts attacked publicly by half sister
Famous actress Julia Roberts had a very complex relationship with her half sister Nancy Motes who was found dead in a bath-tub from drug overdose apparently. The actress had tried to get her to go to a rehab months before she died but Nancy refused and would lash out publicly at Julia in retaliation. Though it hurt Julia, she understood her sister’s battle against addiction as it made Nancy a totally different person. Her efforts to get her into a rehab were always in vain as Nancy would back out at the last moment for no reason.
She succumbed to her addiction and her death was a blow to Julia even though it was reported that Nancy had left a suicide note in which she had blamed Julia for all her problems and addiction.