Entries in Drug Addiction (3)


Singer Amy Winehouse Dies in London

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Troubled singer Amy Winehouse, 27, has been found dead at her home in London.  The cause of death is still unknown.

Credited with revitalizing British pop with her new twist on classic soul music, Winehouse had success in her native UK with her debut album Frank, but it was her second album, Back to Black, which made her a worldwide superstar.  That album, and its hit single "Rehab," won Winehouse five Grammys in 2008, the most ever captured by a female British artist.

Following that triumph, Winehouse's self-destructive behavior turned her life into a tabloid nightmare, with drug and alcohol abuse, arrests, several trips to rehab and many missed concert appearances, most recently last month, when she was booed at a gig in Serbia for reportedly being too drunk to perform.  Her European tour was subsequently canceled.

Though Winehouse was said to be working on a new album for the past several years, it never appeared. Other artists, including Adele and Lady Gaga, have said that Winehouse paved the way for them to top the charts.

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Brooke Mueller Heading to Mexico for Rehab

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Brooke Mueller is taking extreme measures to end her addictions, reports TMZ.

Charlie Sheen’s ex is reportedly going to a rehab center in Cancun that specializes in prescribing a drug called Ibogaine.  The hallucinogenic drug is made from an extract of the iboga plant.  Some studies claim that it blocks addictions to opiates, such as heroin, prescription painkillers like Oxycodone, and other drugs.  However, Ibogaine is not legal in the U.S., hence Mueller's trip south of the border.

According to TMZ, Mueller is saying she believes the substance will "rewire" her brain to put an end to her addictions. 

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Katie Holmes Sues 'Star' Magazine over Drug Addiction Allegations

Photo Courtesy - George Pimentel/ Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Katie Holmes has filed a $50 million libel lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles against American Media Inc., the publisher of Star magazine, according to TMZ.

The lawsuit was filed after a recent cover of the magazine suggested that she was a drug addict.  The magazine ran the headline "Addiction Nightmare -- Katie Drug Shocker! -- The Real Reason She Can't Leave Tom."

TMZ reports that Holmes felt the cover is deliberately defamatory and libelous.  The suit reads, "Katie has no intention of leaving her husband, and is not prevented from doing so by any drug addiction."

Meanwhile, Holmes' lawyer told TMZ, "Star magazine's malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical, and unlawful.  Not only do they cruelly defame Katie, they play a cheap trick on the public, making ridiculously false claims on the cover unsupported by anything inside."

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