Alcoholism has been a serious problem ever since alcoholic drinks were invented. Many people decide to ignore their problem by using opiates such as alcohol. And that can lead to serious health and mental problems, which has been proven many times over. But to drink yourself to death, you really have to love drinking (or have some serious issues). And here are 10 people who did exactly that. Without further ado, let’s take a look at 10 people who literally drank themselves to death, one way or another.
10) George Best (2005)
George Best was a professional soccer player who played for Manchester United and his own country’s team, Northern Ireland. He was one of the best players of his time, having won few “Player of the Year” titles. Best scored 179 goals during his 11-year long career in Manchester United, and is called the best player to ever wear the Northern Ireland jersey. Best was one of the first celebrity footballers due his well-documented extravagant lifestyle, that would one day end him. He is famous for his quote regarding his spending habits:
‘I spent a lot of money on booze, birds (women) and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.
He suffered from alcoholism for most of his life, which caused him many controversies, including drunk driving, theft and similar. Later on he had a liver transplant due to his alcoholism, but that only prolonged his death. He kept drinking until it finally killed him in November 2005. His funeral was attended by almost 100,000 people, including some of the world’s best soccer players (Maradona, Pele, Cruyff) who paid him their tributes.
9) Francis Scott Fitzgerald (1940)
F. Scott Fitzgerald, born in 1896, was one of the best known American authors of the 20th century. Fitzgerald was a novel writer, as well as an author of many short stories. During the height of his popularity, he was invited to Hollywood to write movie scripts. But Fitzgerald was an alcoholic ever since he left college, and by 1930’s he started having serious health issues. He died from a heart attack few days before Christmas in 1940.
8) Jim Morrison (1971)
Jim Morrison is best known for being the lead singer of The Doors and is remembered as one of the most influential rock stars in history. He was listed in many “Best Singers” lists by various magazines. Morrison was a representation of rebellious attitude that many of his fans adored. He represented the youth culture and the generation gap, which was obviously huge during the 50’s and 60’s. During the 1960’s, Jim Morrison started having alcohol problems that would affect his live performances. He died in 1971 from a heart failure, but no autopsy was ever performed, which is why there are still discussions about his death. Some people believe that it was alcohol, others believe it was drugs, and some even doubt that his death ever happened. However, the best known theory is alcohol, so Morrison stays on the list.
7) Amy Winehouse (2011)
Amy Jade Winehouse was a popular singer and a songwriter during the early 2000’s. She was known for her deep vocals and her specific genre, which combined many standard genres into something new and fresh. Her albums won many awards and nominations, and she is still known as one of the best vocal talents of her generation. During her career, she was also known for substance abuse, including drugs and heavy drinking. She died in 2011 after a night of heavy drinking. It is said that her blood alcohol content was that of over 5 times the legal driving limit. Alcohol poisoning combined with bulimia was what killed Amy Winehouse during her still successful career.
6) Manuel dos Santos “Garrincha” (1983)
Another famous soccer player makes the list. This time around, it is Manuel “Garrincha”, known as one of the best dribbles in history of soccer. While him and Pele were playing in Brazil, they haven’t lost a single match, and have even won the World Cup. Garrincha won the Golden Boot since he was the top goal scorer of the tournament. But his personal life was a contrast of his football career. He was an alcoholic for most of his life, which caused him many problems. At one point, he even killed his mother-in-law during a drunk driving attempt. By the year of his death, he was a shadow of himself, physically and mentally. He died in 1983 from cirrhosis of the liver.
5) Ira Hayes (1955)
Ira Hayes was a United States Marine, best known for being one of the six people in the historically famous Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima photograph. As a result of that, Ira and five of his companions became known as war heroes. Ira Hayes also became a well-known war symbol, often featured in films. In January 1955, Mr. Hayes was found dead in a hut near his house. He was playing cards and drinking the night before, which caused an alcohol poisoning that killed him.
4) Billie Holiday (1959)
Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, was an influential American singer. Her career lasted for over three decades, and during that time she became one of the best known jazz artists of her time. Late in her career, Billie Holiday’s health deteriorated due to abusive relationships and ongoing substance abuse. She died in 1959 from cirrhosis of the liver. After her death, she was awarded four Grammy Awards and gotten included in the Grammy Hall of Fame.
3) Franklin Pierce (1869)
Franklin Pierce was the 14th President of the United States, who served the country from 1853 until 1857. He was also a United States Attorney in New Hampshire, a brigadier general in the US Army and a US Senator. However, his presidential career starter off dramatically, because his 11-year old son died few days prior to the election. Franklin and his wife both suffered from depression afterwards. He died 12 years after his presidency ended, after having many alcohol-related issues. Once more, the cause of death was cirrhosis of the liver.
2) Peter Cook (1995)
Peter Cook was an influential English comedian and writer, who was so popular that an asteroid was named after him! Cook was ranked as the number one in a list that featured 300 best comedians from English-speaking countries. He was also an actor who starred in dozens of movies. His death was caused by a gastrointestinal hemorrhage, which was a direct result of his severe liver damage(caused by alcoholism). He died in January 1995, when he was 57 years old.
1) Jeff Hanneman (2013)
Featured because of his recent death in 2013, Jeffrey John Hanneman was the founder of the popular metal band, Slayer. He was a guitar player for most of his life, but he has also lyrically contributed to some of the band’s best known songs. Two years before his death he contracted necrotising fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that is known for its rapid progression. In 2013, his health was so terrible that he couldn’t perform anymore. “The king of trash metal guitar” died from an alcohol-induced cirrhosis.