Robin Thicke And 15 More Celebrities Who Nearly Lost Everything to Alcoholism

October 1, 2014  |  
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With another celebrity coming forth and saying that he nearly lost everything due to alcoholism, MadameNoire compiled a list of 15 more celebrities who almost lost everything or unfortunately worst, their lives because they couldn’t put down the bottle.

Robin Thicke

He revealed that his wife left him, in part, due to his drinking problem. Around the time of the success of “Blurred Lines,” he was high. The infamous song, which was said to have copied Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and criticized for sexism.”Every day, I woke up, I would take a Vicodin to start the day and then I would fill up a water bottle with vodka and drink it before and during my interviews.”

Billie Holiday

Holiday was charged with drug possession while she was in bed dying from heart and liver disease. Holiday was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and due to it, she quit drinking. But not for long, she took it back up until she died from alcoholism on July 17, 1959.

Amy Winehouse

She said, “they tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no!” And due to Winehouse’s alcohol and drug addiction she, sadly lost her life to alcoholic poisoning at the age of 27 in July 2011.


Charlie Sheen

Sheen became the quintessential TV star in 2000s through the early 2010s for his role on “Two and a Half Men,” but he went from famous to infamous due to his October 2010 arrest, where he caused $7,000 in damages at a hotel — admitting later he had alcohol and cocaine in his system. He later had a meltdown on TV in 2011 after being fired from the show.

Mel Gibson

Gibson went from being an American movie hero to a bigot due to his alcoholism. He was arrested for a DUI in 2006. In hateful voice messages, it was revealed Gibson used racial and ethnic slurs. Since then, he’s recovered, but will forever be known not as a great movie star and controversial producer, but for his 2006 drunken rant.

Lindsay Lohan

Unfortunately, like many child actors, Lohan struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse. She’s had too many run-ins with the law due to her bottle and drug use to count (or put in this slideshow). But this will be said, the road back to the top has been a difficult one for this young starlet.

Robert Downey Jr.

He had one of the scariest and dangerous problems with alcohol and drugs. He was introduced to drugs at an early age. And he had quite the problem in the 90s and early 2000s. He once was so high on drugs and alcohol, that he went into his neighbor’s home, took off his clothes and rested in his neighbor’s son’s bed. He cleaned up in the 2000s and revitalized his career with the “Sherlock Holmes” and “Iron Man” film franchises among other popular films — making him one of the most successful recovery stories.

Michael J. Fox

Fox had a drinking problem before he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. But after the diagnosis his problem increased out of fear and uncertainty with the diagnosis. Since, he came to terms with the diagnosis with his family’s support. Having overcome his alcohol addiction, he started the Michael J. Fox Foundation to further Parkinson’s Disease research.

Diana Ross

Ross the Boss is one of the greatest icons of all time. And she almost lost her reputation for being a stylish and elegant diva due to her drinking problem. She entered Promises Rehab in 2002, but a few months later was arrested for a DUI. After that incident, she recovered at The Canyon Ranch. And she’s now back to being the icon we all know and love.



One of the greatest rappers of all time not only had an alcohol addiction, but was also addicted to drugs. After bashing gay men in his songs, he built a friendship with Elton John who helped him get sober. After nearly dying from an overdose in 2005, he’s been clean and sober. And he’s been on the top of the charts ever since — more successful than ever as the top selling rapper of all time.

Nick Nolte

Nolte has fallen off the wagon quite a few times after trying his hand at rehabilitation. His addiction started in the 1990s and in 2002, he was arrested in a DUI, which produced an infamous mugshot. He got three years probation. He suffered similar fates in 2005 and again in 2008. Not much is known about his drinking these days, but maybe, that’s a good thing.

David Hasselhoff

He has struggled with alcoholism for more than a decade. In 2002, he checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic. But his stay there wasn’t long. He left after one day. And ended up in a hotel room where he had too much to drink, which then led to the emergency room. He said he needed one more night of drinking, but as a result, he realized he hit rock bottom. He went back to the clinic  because he did not want to let his family down.

Samuel L. Jackson

Jackson carefully masked his alcoholism before it was too late. Earlier in his career when he was still doing stage plays, he had a drinking problem — often performing drunk or high on cocaine. He performed drunk without anyone noticing, but he noticed. He soon gave up the drugs and alcohol. It was those experiences he credits for his success today.

Johnny Depp

Depp was lucky to never have his drinking problem apparent on screen. He admitted that in his past he suffered from a major drinking problem earlier in his career. Due to him getting his drinking under control, he became one of Hollywood’s leading men. Ironically, he would later get his first Oscar nod playing a drunken Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”

Mickey Mantle

Mantle is basically the most famous Yankee of all time. Nevertheless, with all his fame, there was a dark side to him. At some point, he was drunk or hung over at every game. In a sick way, this was kind of impressive since he’s one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Mantle passed away in 1995 due to health problems brought on by decades of drinking and a damaged liver due to cirrhosis.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

He used drugs and alcohol earlier in his life, but he became sober out of fear for his life. But after much success in Hollywood, Hoffman returned to drugs and was found dead in his apartment on Feb. 2, 2014 with a syringe in his arm. His fear came true — leaving fans, family and friends devastated because of the lost.

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