We all secretly strive to be rich and famous, to excel in that one life-long goal, be it writing, singing, or acting. To have people look up to and respect us for our talent. It is only natural for us to envy the celebrity lifestyle, but is it really all that? The rate of young celebrity deaths is on the increase, and you have to wonder if the pressures of press coverage and high job demand is putting too much burden on people that are, deep down, just the same as the rest of us.

Three recent celebrity deaths that have shocked the nation:

Peaches Geldof (1989-2014)

The most recent and most unexpected, the death of Peaches Geldof has left fans devastated and determined to pay tribute to her shockingly short life. At only 25 years of age and her whole life ahead of her, Peaches left two children, her husband Thomas Cohen, and her father Bob Geldof, to grieve. Her father was quoted as saying: ‘she was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us’ when releasing a statement confirming the death of his daughter, explaining his shock and dismay. Her death is being treated as sudden and unexpected, but many have compared it to the death of her mother, Paula Yates, in 2000, which was caused by a drug overdose and also led to her leaving her children at a young age. This speculation arose as the stars last tweet, only a day before her death, was a picture of herself and her mother; and Peaches was said to have never fully gotten over what happened.

Her death, officially announced on  April 7 2014, prompted fans to leave her tweets and comments stating ‘RIP sweetheart’, and ‘rest easy’. The writer and TV presenter sparked no concern leading up to her death, attending a London fashion show only days before the shocking news rocked the country. Allegedly having begun her media career aged 15, the star was forced to grow up before her time, and it is said that being in the spotlight for such a huge chunk of her life was difficult for Peaches. Her two sons, who themselves have only just begun their lives, Astala, one, and Phaedra, almost one, were said to have loved their mother dearly and will be terribly upset at her death.

Cory Monteith (1982-2013)

Although not everyone’s cup of tea, the hit TV show ‘Glee’ hit our screens back in 2009 and has since become one of the most popular American TV shows of all time. Cory Monteith, who played the character of Finn Hudson, was admired by fans alike when he voluntarily checked himself into rehab for substance abuse only six months before his death. At only 31, the star was said to have a history with illicit drug use and could never quite break the habit. His family were reportedly concerned about the star’s ‘hard partying ways’, but admitted that they felt they couldn’t help him. His death, which led not only to fans changing, but huge changes on the TV show, came as a huge shock to the nation since Monteith was being publicised for months as having been sober, just weeks before he actually died.

His death is reported to have resulted from a dangerous heroine and champagne cocktail, the coroners stating that the actor perhaps hadn’t realised that his tolerance had lowered after being sober for such a prolonged period of time. The sudden intoxication will have been a shock to his system, and, alas, a real blow to his loyal friends, fans and family. Glee did a tribute episode for the late Cory, and other cast members are said to believe that the show will never be the same without him.

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)

Sadly and devastatingly the most anticipated death of the three, Amy Winehouse died due to alcohol poisoning in July 2011. The star reportedly drank so much alcohol that she stopped breathing and fell into a coma. Before her death, the singer had a long history of drug abuse which is speculated to have begun during her relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil. The star, who was the first British female to win five Grammys, had always found it hard to kick her habit, and was in a similar predicament to the late Cory Monteith.

The singer, who reportedly began drinking again due to boredom, died while alone in her bedroom, downing vodka and watching YouTube videos of herself during her early career. The news came as a huge shock to Amy’s parents due to the star being completely sober up until two weeks before her death. Her home in London became a shrine to her after she died, thousands of fans travelling to pay their respects for the fallen singer and leaving alcohol, flowers and candles for her. Alongside having had a drug problem, Amy had been admitted to hospital several times due to alcohol-related incidents, but never managed to stop drinking completely.

These three celebrity deaths are tragedies – all three having such talent and so much more to give than they were able. Death by overdose is becoming increasingly common, the celebrity lifestyle pressuring people into dealing with their high stress levels by taking drugs or drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.

Although not knowing celebrities personally, it is always a shame to hear that someone you admire has passed away, and it is always a subject that will remain close to our hearts.

References:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26931337

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-celebrities-who-died-young-pictures,0,6201053.photogallery?index=lat-death3_jhjoa7nc20080123154406

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2442157/Cory-Monteith-cause-death-heroin-champagne-cocktail-coroner-report-rules.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2258983/Amy-Winehouse-died-watching-YouTube-videos-vodka-binge.html