Overall, the death of a beloved celebrity figure is pretty much equivalent to losing a family member. Throughout their incredible careers, these immensely talented men and women have appeared in some of the most beloved films and TV shows, many of which we grew up watching as children. On the other hand, a unique group of artists produced songs that have completely changed the history of our world. Thus, when we lose one of these incredible people, this loss can deliver quite a terrific blow. Now imagine how tragic the circumstances can be if that individual died from a drug overdose, probably one of the most easily preventable causes of death on the planet? After all, we would never want to imagine that our childhood icons were drug addicts, would we? Still, the fact of the matter is that they are just as human as we are and are as susceptible to drug addiction in the same manner. Let’s take a look at two celebrities who recently died from overdosing on a particularly nasty drug: fentanyl.

Prince (1958-2016)

Possibly one of the greatest music artists of all time, Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) was an icon of American media and an innovator of fusion music including R&B, new wave, rock, and funk. Besides his eclectic styles of singing and playing, however, Prince is also renowned for his flamboyant fashion style and his extravagant, eccentric stage presence. So you can imagine how the world wept when this incredible artist died from an accidental overdose on fentanyl, a particularly dangerous painkiller that is 50 times more potent than heroin. According to Carver County Attorney Mark Metz, the music legend reportedly died after consuming a Vicodin pill that was laced with fentanyl, but Prince was 100% unaware that he had been given a tainted drug.

Tom Petty (1950-2017)

A true icon of American rock and roll, Tom Petty developed his love for rock music at the ripe age of ten, when he first met the legend himself: Elvis Presley. From that time, Petty dedicated his life to creating hardcore music for a new generation of rockers, inspired by music from the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Eventually forming the band the Heartbreakers, the rock icon created some truly iconic songs like “Learning to Fly,” “Free Fallin,” and “I Won’t Back Down.” Obviously, longtime fans of the rock legend were distraught when he died from a toxic concoction of drugs. According to coroner’s reports, the overdose was triggered by a mixture of fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl.

Always remember that drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

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