Show Biz and Celebrity Deaths

The news Sunday morning that Glee star Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver was both shocking and familiar.  It's always terrible to hear that a young person (only 31-years-old) passes away, but it's become all too common to see celebrities meet tragic ends before their time. Does the entertainment industry itself bear any responsibility, as some suggest?  Or are these deaths (River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, etc.) typical of our overall society, only drawing more attention because of fame's spotlight?

A cause of death hasn't been announced yet, but speculation is rampant. Cory had the clean-cut image of his character Finn to live up to in the eyes of his fans. In reality, he admittedly battled addiction since he was 19 and was still struggling, entering rehab as recently as last fall. Should the television network and the show's producers have done more to help him? Would a greater act of intervention have saved him?  The "overnight stardom" didn't lead to his problems, but did it add more temptation and make it easier to indulge? Does the industry turn a blind eye or maybe even enable the danger when millions of dollars are at stake, ignoring the human being and seeing only dollar signs?

Cory had obvious talent and it's heartbreaking that it could not carry him above the illness of drug addiction that afflicted him for so long. Hollywood sometimes hunts for addictive personalities, those alpha types that are so charismatic and captivating to audiences, but have an edge. Is it any surprise then when so many fall off that edge? 

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