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George Michael: Tragic Story of Aging, Addiction Often Repeated Among Show Business “Stars” — And Help Is All Around

September 25, 2018

POP legend George Michael “tried to stab himself 25 times” in rehab, according to lover Fadi Fawaz.

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George Michael early in his career

The hairdresser also claimed the Faith singer made four failed suicide attempts leading up to his death, including in 2013 when he leapt from his car on the M1.Fadi says the tragic singer was hooked on party drug GHB, also known as liquid ecstasy and the date rape drug, often mixing the depressant into glasses of Coca-Cola before having sex.Fast Love singer George died on Christmas Day 2016 from natural causes.But Fadi, who was with George for six years, described how he was at first convinced the pop star had killed himself when he discovered his body in bed that morning.
George Michael with Fadi FawazSHUTTERSTOCKLOVERS: George Michael with Fadi Fawaz back in 2012

“He has tried to kill himself four times, whilst in rehab he tried to stab himself 25 times”

Fadi Fawaz

Fadi said in a rambling statement posted to his Instagram account: “I thought that’s it, he f nally did it and I finally saw him dead in his bed.

“I always begged him not to do this but he was so depressed.

“All he wanted to do is die.

“He has tried to kill himself four times, whilst in rehab he tried to stab himself 25 times.”

He added: “He never told me how he did it when he was taken for three days to Marlybone. I would say aren’t you glad May 16th didn’t happen, referring to one suicide attempt and he would say ‘no’.

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“He wanted to die so badly and it was powerful to hear him say it. I think life stopped for him a long time ago.“Everyone wanted him for who and what he is. ‘Everyone wants me alive’ is what he would say.”Fadi also went into great detail about their early days in 2009 and how they began sleeping together when George still had a “live in partner”.His drug abuse was already evident, as the singer refused to have sex until he had taken GHB, said Fadi.And he says his lover started using drugs more heavily after a hospital visit for pneumonia in 2011. He added: “Whilst George was still skinny from his illness I saw him with cocaine in aluminium foil. He told me what it was.

“Nobody knew about this. George also had something brown, I don’t know what crack looks like. “George told me that he didn’t want to use and he wasn’t happy he was taking it.

“He wanted to clean his life but he didn’t know how.

“He was never the same again after pneumonia and as a result, we were never the same.”

But fans of the singer dismissed Fadi’s claims last night, calling him “disgusting”.

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz/731968/george-michael-death-suicide-attempts-fadi-fawaz

In the U.S., go to any Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting or “Google” and phone either. Help really is all around and you can easily meet people who have recovered from the very worst kinds of addiction, pain and suffering.

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George Michael ‘was discovered passed out in bath full of water after overdosing on GHB,’ claims pal

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died by drowning in hotel bath tub due to alcohol intoxication

September 6, 2018

Dolores O’Riordan, the 46-year-old lead singer of Irish rock group The Cranberries, died accidentally from drowning in a London hotel bathtub due to alcohol intoxication, according to an inquest.

The Westminster Coroner’s Court heard Thursday — on what would have been O’Riordan’s 47th birthday — that she had been drinking heavily before she was found dead Jan. 15 at the Park Lane Hilton hotel, The Guardian reported.

Her alcohol level was 330mg per 100ml of blood — more than four times the legal limit for driving of 80mg, according to the findings.

An autopsy report by Dr. Adam Combe concluded that she drowned as a result of alcohol intoxication. Authorities said after her death that it was not suspicious.

The coroner, Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, said: “There’s no evidence that this was anything other than an accident. There was no intention, this seems to be solely a tragic accident.”

Her mother, Eileen O’Riordan, as well as one of the singer’s brothers and sister-in-law attended the inquest, according to the paper.

A maid found O’Riordan submerged, face up in the bath, during a recording trip ahead of a planned tour. When paramedics arrived, police were performing CPR on her.

O’Riordan, whose distinctive and powerful voice helped fuel The Cranberries’ rapid rise in the early 1990s, had to cancel a tour with the reunited group last year because of a back problem.

Her partner at the time of her death, New York-based DJ and producer Ole Koretsky, said: “The love of my life is gone.”

According to the inquest, evidence also was found of heavy smoking and the of use of prescription drugs, including lorazepam, which is used to treat anxiety.

Five empty bottles of alcohol from the minibar were found, as well as a bottle of champagne.

A report by an American psychiatrist — Dr. Robert Hirschfield, who spoke to her by phone late last year —was read at the inquest.

“She was doing well, she was not drinking, she was a little sad on Christmas Day … no thoughts of suicide,” he said.

The court heard that O’Riordan had struggled with bipolar disorder and drinking problems. In September 2017, she wrote a suicide note while drinking heavily and taking lorazepam.

O’Riordan, who was born in Limerick in 1971, joined The Cranberries — then called the Cranberry Saw Us — in 1990, and performed with them until 2003, when they took a break.

Her distinctive voice helped make the group hugely successful on both sides of the Atlantic.

Their hits began with the song ”Linger,” which reached the Top 10 in the US and Ireland, and No. 14 in the UK. Other favorites included “Dream” and “Zombie.”

When her body was found, she had been in the capital to record a cover of “Zombie” with the hard rockers Bad Wolves.

O’Riordan is survived by her three children, Taylor Baxter, Molly Leigh and Dakota Rain, from her relationship with ex-husband Don Burton, Duran Duran’s tour manager.

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FILE - In a Sunday, March 5, 2006, file photo, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the Oscar he won for best actor for his work in "Capote" at the 78th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles. Police say Hoffman has been found dead in his apartment. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the Oscar he won for best actor for his work in “Capote” at the 78th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, March 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

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Rock Stars and Addiction

Jim Morrison is the fourth in our Rock Stars And Addiction series, the others being Amy WinehouseKurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix in that order. It’s unknown whether he suffered from any mental illnesses or addiction, and even issues with drugs and alcohol were unknown. It is now thought that Morrison died of heroin overdose, but there are many conspiracy theories that surround his death.

Clockwise: Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse, who have died at 27; the study suggested that most musicians live well beyond that age

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A Brief History Of Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison was born in Florida, but frequently moved as his father was in the Navy. After graduating high school, he attended UCLA film school, and finished his degree there in 1965. After that, he lived a rather unusual lifestyle and live on the rooftop of a building where a fellow UCLA alumni lived. It was there that he began writing lyrics that would later become known as Doors songs. It has been mentioned that he lived on “beans and LSD”, implying that he ate very little and mostly just tripped on acid.

That summer, he started a band with Ray Manzarek, whom he had met at UCLA. The Doors got their name from Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception, which is about psychedelic drug use.

Jim Morrison’s Possible Drug Overdose

Morrison and his long-term partner Pamela Courson were known to have rented an apartment in Paris, where they were staying when she found Morrison dead in the bathtub. The official cause of death was noted as heart failure, but no autopsy was performed. The lack of an autopsy is unusual and has opened up many questions regarding how he died. According to Danny Sugerman, Courson told him that Morrison had died of an accidental heroin overdose, snorting it thinking it was cocaine. He also said that Courson had told many stories, including that his death was her fault, or that she had outright killed him. Alain Ronay wrote that Morrison died of a hemorrhage, supporting Courson’s accidental overdose story. Ronay said that Morrison snorted Courson’s heroin, and that Courson “nodded off” instead of calling for an ambulance, and that he died bleeding to death alone.

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Ronay confessed in an interview that he helped cover up Morrison’s death. He said there was no autopsy because they bribed the coroner. Sugerman wrote that Courson lied in her deposition and told police that Morrison never took drugs. She also didn’t mention her relationship with Courson, telling them instead that she was his cousin.

One story is that Ronay and Agnes Varda arrived at the house shortly after Morrison’s death. Courson told them that he and her had taken heroin and had been drinking wine all night. Morrison started coughing badly, took a bath, and vomited blood. Courson claimed that he looked better and so she went to sleep. Later, when she woke, Morrison was unresponsive and she called her friends.

Sugerman also wrote that Morrison had respiratory issues and asthma, and was suffering from a condition that caused chronic cough and vomiting blood. The remaining members of The Doors claimed that MOrrison had been having an issue with coughing up blood for as much as the two months prior to his death, however it is known that they weren’t even in Paris at the time, and no other friends of his acknowledged that he had a noticeable cough.

Sugerman was also known to have written that a fake death theory isn’t “as farfetched as it may seem.” Fans were known to stalk surviving loved ones of Morrison, causing them quite a bit of distress. The fans were seeking evidence that Morrison was still alive. This theory is preposterous as no evidence was ever provided to support that statement, not even by Sugerman himself.

Just recently, in 2014, Marianne Faithfull mentioned in an interview that her boyfriend at the time, a drug dealer, had killed Morrison. The boyfriend was supposedly also dating Courson, and provided her with drugs. Faithfull claims that the same heroin that killed Morrison also killed Talitha Getty, just 11 days later in Rome.

Sam Bernett, who managed a nightclub called Rock ’n’ Roll Circus, wrote a book that claims Morrison had died in his nightclub, again, as a result of heroin overdose. He alleges that Morrison had attended the club intending to buy heroin for Courson, but used some in the bathroom and never made it out. Supposedly, his body was moved from the club bathroom to Morrison’s apartment by a couple of drug dealers. However, there is no evidence of this and no other witnesses.

Unfortunately, we may never know what actually happened, however it is most widely accepted that he died of heart failure from a heroin overdose. He was 27 years old, and thus, another member of the 27 club.

Courson died only a few years later of heroin overdose, and was known to participate in other recreational drug use as well.

End The Stigma

Mental illness and drug addiction often come with a large negative stigma, especially here in the United States. People who are depressed or anxious are told to “just deal with it.” People with addiction are seen as curse on our culture and the society as a whole. The strange thing is, when we look at someone with a disease like diabetes or cancer, we don’t see them a problem; we have pity. We feel bad for them. People raise money to help other people with these conditions while we’re all kicking the drug addicts out of our homes instead of helping them.

If there had been no negative stigma against addiction, people like Jim Morrison could still be alive. Instead of trying to hide their addiction, ultimately making it worse due to not seeking treatment, they would have been able to openly tell their loved ones “I have a problem and I need help.” Without the negative stigma, those loved ones would immediately have jumped to make sure everything is taken care of and they get their life back on track.

If you think your loved one is addicted to a substance, or perhaps is suffering from a behavioral addiction, don’t treat them badly for it. Addiction is a disease. Help them seek the proper medical treatment for addiction.

Demi Lovato in suspected heroin overdose — When we see the danger signs, we have to be dedicated to helping

July 25, 2018

 Lovato, who was found unconscious, was treated with Narcan — a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose — at her home before being transported to a local hospital.

Demi Lovato was hospitalized on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a suspected heroin overdose.

A source tells Variety that she is currently in “stable” condition.

“Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers, and support,” Lovato’s rep said in a statement to Variety. “Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now.”

According to law enforcement officials, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a medical emergency at the 8000 block of Laurel View Drive in the Hollywood Hills, where Lovato’s home is located.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ, which was first to report the news, that Lovato, who was found unconscious, was treated with Narcan — a medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose — at her home before being transported to a local hospital.

The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer, 25, has struggled with substance abuse for years. Lovato revealed in June that she had relapsed just months after celebrating six years of sobriety.

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“To the ones who never left me / We’ve been down this road before / I’m so sorry, I’m not sober anymore,” Lovato sings in her recent single “Sober” off of her sixth album, “Tell Me You Love Me.”

Lovato, who began her acting career on the popular children’s series “Barney & Friends,” rose to fame on the Disney Channel. She appeared in the short series “As the Bell Rings” and show “Sonny With a Chance,” in addition the hit 2008 Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock,” co-starring with the Jonas Brothers. Lovato said her drinking escalated during her Disney Channel days.

Lovato has received treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, and substance abuse. She chronicled her daily struggles with recovery in the 2017 YouTube original documentary “Simply Complicated.” In the movie, Lovato opened up about using cocaine while filming her 2012 doc, “Stay Strong.”

She had just performed a concert in Paso Robles, Calif., on Sunday.

Lovato’s show in Atlantic City, N.J., set to take place on Thursday at Atlantic City Beach, was scrapped following her hospitalization. The news was followed by the cancellation of tonight’s episode of the Fox game show “Beat Shazam,” which featured an appearance by Lovato. The episode was taped in April 2017. “In light of recent reports, we have decided to replace the episode of ‘Beat Shazam’ with another all-new episode,” the network in a statement. “Our thoughts go out to Demi and her family.”

Lovato’s reps did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

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Demi Lovato Struggled with Drugs Weeks Before Overdose

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Demi Lovato‘s overdose was not a shock to some of her friends, who say there were big warning signs for weeks that she had lost her battle for sobriety.

Friends of Demi tell us … even before she released her song, “Sober,” confessing she had fallen off the wagon, it was apparent to them she had slipped back into her drug use. They say the signs became more alarming as the days passed, and one friend says he knew for weeks she was in the danger zone … when he saw her this week it was apparent she was in trouble.

Another warning sign … she had a big falling out with her sober coach earlier in the month, accusing him of betraying her.

It seems Demi was able to compartmentalize her social life, because other friends say they didn’t see this coming. One friend says he was at her home less than 2 weeks ago and she seemed great.

TMZ broke the story … Demi OD’d at her home Tuesday and law enforcement sources say it was an apparent heroin overdose, but a source close to Demi says it was NOT heroin. When they arrived, she was unconscious and they used Narcan to bring her back. Narcan is used to counter overdoses of opioids.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's cause of death was acute drug intoxication it was announced today. The 46-year-old actor is seen in one of the last pictures taken before his death at the Sundance Film Festival

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George Michael took his own life after four failed attempts, boyfriend claims

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George Michael ‘was discovered passed out in bath full of water after overdosing on GHB,’ claims pal

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Related Part I:

Catholic Church Teaching on Human Life and Suicide:

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a5.htm

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Many people have said to us that the four signs of a “dynamic Catholic” are also the characteristics of many Christians of all denominations and people in recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. The four necessary things good Catholics do (and the really good AAs also do them) —

1. They Pray and Meditate.
2. They read and study; 3. They “pour themselves out in loving service to others” and
4. They  evangelize. AAs call this “Twelve Stepping.”

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God, I offer myself to Thee-
To build with me
and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self,
that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear witness
to those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always!
Thank you, God, Amen!

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Fleecing The Addicted Elite — High Priced Rehabs: Questionable or Heroic?

June 3, 2018

Swiss rehab clinic Kusnacht Practice where George Michael spent £1.5m for treatment ‘paid singer’s psychiatrist £150k to refer him’

The star spent six months at the clinic, which charges between £60,000 and £90,00 a week, in 2015

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A CELEBRITY rehab clinic where George Michael spent an estimated £1.5million for treatment reportedly paid the singer’s psychiatrist £150,000 to refer him.

The star stayed at the luxurious Kusnacht Practice in Switzerland, which charges between £60,000 and £90,00 a week, for six months in 2015.

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 George Michael’s psychiatrist was reportedly paid £150,000 for referring him to an expensive Swiss rehab clinic. PA: PRESS ASSOCIATION

Former employees have revealed that for years the clinic offered practitioners 10 to 15 per cent of the income from a patient as an incentive for referrals.

The ex-workers told the Sunday Times this included a massive kickback of an estimated £150,000 to a British doctor when Michael arrived for his stay – a year before his death.

Clients checking into the clinic, which describes itself as “the world’s most exclusive treatment centre”, are picked up at the airport by a personal chauffeur.

They are then taken to one of their rented villas on the shores of Lake Zürich and greeted by their own butler – who is also their personal gourmet chef.

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Patients typically include celebrities, royals and the super-wealthy and are treated for a range of addictions, including alcohol, drugs and gambling as well as depression and eating disorders.

Recently, Kusnacht has started to offer a flat rate of 25,000 Swiss francs (£19,000) per patient referral, according to the Times’ unnamed source.

They claim this “deal” is being marketed through word of mouth, generally at conferences and international medical gatherings – including in the UK.

One former staff member told the newspaper: “London is working very close with us for referring — it’s a big source for us. Not less than 10 people from London are referring to the Kusnacht Practice.”

General Medical Council guidelines in Britain ban doctors from accepting cash, but such payments are acceptable in Switzerland.

In a statement provided to the Times, the Kusnacht Practice said: “The Kusnacht Practice has never acted contrary to any applicable law.

“All aspects of our patient care, including our relationship with any medical staff and consulting psychiatrists involved in treating our patients, are a matter of the utmost discretion.”

Sun Online has contacted The Kusnacht Practice for comment.

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Avicii’s music will “live forever” — But I’d rather he was still alive…

April 21, 2018

I knew Avicii. I was drawn to him. His music spoke to me. The half-crazed glint in his eye made me sure we were simpático. We were brothers separated by DNA, the breath of oceans and 40 years of life. It was no surprise at all for me when I learned he drank so much. Too much.

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Avicii, who has just died aged 28, pictured in 2013 when his fame became global (Picture: Getty)

He drank himself to death. It just took his young body a little time to seek the grave after a physician told him his pancreas was ruined by massive amounts of alcohol.

Now he is just another statistic. He is a loser. Not a winner. Not a hero. Because we know today how to treat and cure addiction. And just about everyone in the Western world knows the dangers of drug and alcohol addiction.

So we’ll mourn again another “great one.” Another entertainer we were drawn toward.

Every person in society today needs to be prepared to stop a loved one from killing him (or her) self. It is as simple as that. We should not idolize the dead, that by all rights, should still be alive.

We all love to party. Anybody can do it. But we have to look out for each other to protect the most precious thing in our lives: and that is life itself.

By John E. Carey
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Avicii’s music ‘will live forever’: Tributes paid to the Swedish DJ

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Artists have been paying tribute to Avicii, who has died suddenly in Oman.

It’s not yet known how the Swedish DJ died, but two years ago he announced his retirement after suffering from health problems.

Rita Ora, who he recently collaborated with on the track Lonely Together, tweeted that she had “no words” after hearing the news.

Diplo posted that Avicii’s music will “live forever”, writing that he “set the precedent” for other producers.

The DJ will be remembered for club hits like Levels, Wake Me Up and Hey Brother

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Radio 1 presenter Annie Mac began her Friday evening show paying tribute to Avicii, saying it’s a “massive loss for dance music” and that it was “absolutely devastating news”.

It’s known that the 28-year-old has been suffering from pancreatitis, reportedly caused by heavy drinking.

He once said in an interview: “Drinking became routine for me, but it’s impossible to keep up touring and drinking at the same time, because you are going to crash.”

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The electronic dance music (EDM) star reportedly made $250,000 (£180,000) a night on tour.

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It was after Avicii’s, real name Tim Bergling, 2011 hit Levels that he achieved worldwide acclaim.

During his career he notched up 11 billion streams on Spotify and was the first EDM DJ to stage a worldwide arena tour, as nominated for two Grammy Awards and had nine UK top 10 singles, including two number ones.

American musician Skrillex remixed that song and posted online that he was “a genius and an innovator, yet sensitive and humble”.

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Other artists posting messages online include Martin Garrix, Liam Payne, Madonna, Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and Deadmau5.

In 2016 Avicii announced he was retiring from touring, after health complications, but it’s thought it’s something he didn’t really enjoy.

Nicky Romero, who collaborated with Avicii on I Could Be The One, said: “He was more of the musician in the studio than the guy that wants to be on stage, tour the world.

“I never really thought that he was super enjoying his DJ sets. It felt like he wanted to do it but he didn’t want to feel the pressure of it or be the guy that’s in the spotlight in front of thousands and thousands of people.”

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Radio 1 presenter Danny Howard said it was a “great loss to music”.

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Pete Tong said he was “a major influence in opening up mainstream USA to electronic dance music”.

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Pain, Suffering, Addiction and Spiritual Growth — Everyone Has Issues to Resolve — Here Are Some Resources

June 15, 2017

A friend asked us for a quick update on our spiritual journey — Here are some resources for others to consider….

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Above: This is the life of the average American man. At the bottom (the biggest part) is sex, drugs and rock and roll. (Notice there is a lot of wreckage near here!) As we move up, through the years, God hopes we are growing spiritually and throwing out things that get us into trouble. When we get to the top, He hopes we can reach out closer to Him. Many of us choose to fail….

If you stay at the bottom, You’ll die in the desert

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Research Going Badly: I tried everything before I tried to allow God to find me!

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Addiction: George Michael Another Example of “We are only as sick as our secrets.”

December 27, 2016

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Addiction often causes  people to live secret lives. Even well known entertainers like George Michael, Prince, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Philip Seymour Hoffman get addicted. And they often have the money and talent to keep their addictions hidden — for a time — from their loving fans.

People close to a gifted entertainer don’t want to kill the “goose that laid the golden egg.” But when producers, agents, and recording label executives keep an addiction secret, the addicted entertainer, flush with cash and allowed to live a secret life of addiction — tragedy eventually — but always — moves in.

One of my closest friends in the community of recovered alcohols and drug addicts says, “You are only as sick as your secrets.”

In fact, all of us are only as sick as our secrets. George had the fear of being discovered as gay piled upon the fear of being discovered as addicted. Even after the world learned about his sexuality, a knowledge that didn’t tarnish his stardom, his inability to get treatment for the great killer of addiction and the complicity of those closest to him took the road it always does without treatment. Death.

None of us should be a fan of addiction. Addiction necessitates treatment. Whenever we delay treatment we are not ‘loving’ the addicted person. We are partners in death. Every time. Until a greater portion of the global family understands that and becomes willing to act, we’ll all get to participate in more phoney funerals where everyone speaks kindly of the dead.

When dealing with addiction, compassion and love mandates treatment. People that sit on the sidelines or even participate as suppliers, party goers and “friends” — are really aiding and abetting death.

Sobriety is a daily devotion to life.

Addiction is a deal with the devil that always, when left untreated, ends in a horrible and untimely, death.

Rest in peace, George. Until we meet again.

John Francis Carey
Peace and Freedom

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FILE - In a Sunday, March 5, 2006, file photo, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the Oscar he won for best actor for his work in "Capote" at the 78th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles. Police say Hoffman has been found dead in his apartment. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses with the Oscar he won for best actor for his work in “Capote” at the 78th Academy Awards, in Los Angeles, March 5, 2006. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)

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Rock Stars and Addiction

Jim Morrison is the fourth in our Rock Stars And Addiction series, the others being Amy WinehouseKurt Cobain, and Jimi Hendrix in that order. It’s unknown whether he suffered from any mental illnesses or addiction, and even issues with drugs and alcohol were unknown. It is now thought that Morrison died of heroin overdose, but there are many conspiracy theories that surround his death.

Clockwise: Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse, who have died at 27; the study suggested that most musicians live well beyond that age

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Clockwise: Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse, who have died at 27; the study suggested that most musicians live well beyond that age Photo: Rex/AP

A Brief History Of Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison was born in Florida, but frequently moved as his father was in the Navy. After graduating high school, he attended UCLA film school, and finished his degree there in 1965. After that, he lived a rather unusual lifestyle and live on the rooftop of a building where a fellow UCLA alumni lived. It was there that he began writing lyrics that would later become known as Doors songs. It has been mentioned that he lived on “beans and LSD”, implying that he ate very little and mostly just tripped on acid.

That summer, he started a band with Ray Manzarek, whom he had met at UCLA. The Doors got their name from Aldous Huxley’s book The Doors of Perception, which is about psychedelic drug use.

Jim Morrison’s Possible Drug Overdose

Morrison and his long-term partner Pamela Courson were known to have rented an apartment in Paris, where they were staying when she found Morrison dead in the bathtub. The official cause of death was noted as heart failure, but no autopsy was performed. The lack of an autopsy is unusual and has opened up many questions regarding how he died. According to Danny Sugerman, Courson told him that Morrison had died of an accidental heroin overdose, snorting it thinking it was cocaine. He also said that Courson had told many stories, including that his death was her fault, or that she had outright killed him. Alain Ronay wrote that Morrison died of a hemorrhage, supporting Courson’s accidental overdose story. Ronay said that Morrison snorted Courson’s heroin, and that Courson “nodded off” instead of calling for an ambulance, and that he died bleeding to death alone.

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Ronay confessed in an interview that he helped cover up Morrison’s death. He said there was no autopsy because they bribed the coroner. Sugerman wrote that Courson lied in her deposition and told police that Morrison never took drugs. She also didn’t mention her relationship with Courson, telling them instead that she was his cousin.

One story is that Ronay and Agnes Varda arrived at the house shortly after Morrison’s death. Courson told them that he and her had taken heroin and had been drinking wine all night. Morrison started coughing badly, took a bath, and vomited blood. Courson claimed that he looked better and so she went to sleep. Later, when she woke, Morrison was unresponsive and she called her friends.

Sugerman also wrote that Morrison had respiratory issues and asthma, and was suffering from a condition that caused chronic cough and vomiting blood. The remaining members of The Doors claimed that MOrrison had been having an issue with coughing up blood for as much as the two months prior to his death, however it is known that they weren’t even in Paris at the time, and no other friends of his acknowledged that he had a noticeable cough.

Sugerman was also known to have written that a fake death theory isn’t “as farfetched as it may seem.” Fans were known to stalk surviving loved ones of Morrison, causing them quite a bit of distress. The fans were seeking evidence that Morrison was still alive. This theory is preposterous as no evidence was ever provided to support that statement, not even by Sugerman himself.

Just recently, in 2014, Marianne Faithfull mentioned in an interview that her boyfriend at the time, a drug dealer, had killed Morrison. The boyfriend was supposedly also dating Courson, and provided her with drugs. Faithfull claims that the same heroin that killed Morrison also killed Talitha Getty, just 11 days later in Rome.

Sam Bernett, who managed a nightclub called Rock ’n’ Roll Circus, wrote a book that claims Morrison had died in his nightclub, again, as a result of heroin overdose. He alleges that Morrison had attended the club intending to buy heroin for Courson, but used some in the bathroom and never made it out. Supposedly, his body was moved from the club bathroom to Morrison’s apartment by a couple of drug dealers. However, there is no evidence of this and no other witnesses.

Unfortunately, we may never know what actually happened, however it is most widely accepted that he died of heart failure from a heroin overdose. He was 27 years old, and thus, another member of the 27 club.

Courson died only a few years later of heroin overdose, and was known to participate in other recreational drug use as well.

End The Stigma

Mental illness and drug addiction often come with a large negative stigma, especially here in the United States. People who are depressed or anxious are told to “just deal with it.” People with addiction are seen as curse on our culture and the society as a whole. The strange thing is, when we look at someone with a disease like diabetes or cancer, we don’t see them a problem; we have pity. We feel bad for them. People raise money to help other people with these conditions while we’re all kicking the drug addicts out of our homes instead of helping them.

If there had been no negative stigma against addiction, people like Jim Morrison could still be alive. Instead of trying to hide their addiction, ultimately making it worse due to not seeking treatment, they would have been able to openly tell their loved ones “I have a problem and I need help.” Without the negative stigma, those loved ones would immediately have jumped to make sure everything is taken care of and they get their life back on track.

If you think your loved one is addicted to a substance, or perhaps is suffering from a behavioral addiction, don’t treat them badly for it. Addiction is a disease. Help them seek the proper medical treatment for addiction.

U.S. drug industry’s answer to opioid addiction: More pills — Six in 10 American adults take prescription drugs

October 16, 2016

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 OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, fentanyl to name a few……

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Cancer patients taking high doses of opioid painkillers are often afflicted by a new discomfort: constipation. Researcher Jonathan Moss thought he could help, but no drug company was interested in his ideas for relieving suffering among the dying.So Moss and his colleagues pieced together small grants and, in 1997, received permission to test their treatment. But not on cancer patients. Federal regulators urged them to use a less frail — and by then, rapidly expanding — group: addicts caught in the throes of a nationwide opioid epidemic.Suddenly, Moss said, investors were knocking at his door.“As clinicians, we wanted to help palliative patients,” said Moss, a professor and physician at University of Chicago Medicine. “The company that bought our work saw a broader market.”Today, Moss’s side project is hailed as the next billion-dollar drug. And the once-disinterested pharmaceutical industry is bombarding doctors and the public with information about a serious, if previously unrecognized, condition common among the millions of Americans who take prescription painkillers. They call it “opioid-induced constipation,” or “OIC.”
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The story of OIC illuminates the opportunism of pharmaceutical innovators and the consequences of a heavily drug-dependent society. Six in 10 American adults take prescription drugs, creating a vast market for new meds to treat the side effects of the old ones.

Opioid prescriptions alone have skyrocketed from 112 million in 1992 to nearly 249 million in 2015, the latest year for which numbers are available, and America’s dependence on the drugs has reached crisis levels. Millions are addicted to or abusing prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, from 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died in the United States from prescription-opioid overdoses, which have contributed to a startling increase in early mortality among whites, particularly women — a devastating toll that has hit hardest in small towns and rural areas.

The pharmaceutical industry’s response has been more drugs. The opioid market — now worth nearly $10 billion a year in sales in the United States — has expanded to include a growing universe of medications aimed at treating secondary effects rather than controlling pain.

 

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There’s Suboxone, financed and promoted by the U.S. government as a safer alternative to methadone for those trying to break their dependence on opioids. There’s naloxone, the emergency injection and nasal spray carried by first responders to treat overdoses. And now there’s Relistor, the drug based on Moss’s work, and a competitor, Movantik, for constipation.

In colorful charts designed to entice investors, numerous pharmaceutical makers tout the “expansion opportunity” that exists in the “opioid use disorders population.”

Indivior, a specialty pharmaceutical company listed on the London Stock Exchange, sees “around 2.5m potential patients, the majority of whom are addicted to prescription painkillers,” as opposed to illicit drugs such as heroin. Another company, New Jersey-based Braeburn Pharmaceuticals, highlights “growth drivers” for the market, noting that millions of additional Americans not yet identified are also likely to be dependent on opioid painkillers.

Analysts estimate that each of these submarkets — addiction, overdose and side effects — is worth at least $1 billion a year in sales. These economics, experts say, work against efforts to end the epidemic.

If opioid addiction disappeared tomorrow, it would wipe billions of dollars from the drug companies’ bottom lines.

A potent product

From a profit-making standpoint, opioids are a potent product. Chronic use can cause myriad side effects that usually are mild enough to keep people taking painkillers but sufficiently uncomfortable to send them back to the doctor.

Andrew Kolodny, executive director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, said this domino effect can turn a patient worth a few hundred dollars a month into one worth several thousand dollars a month.

“Many patients wind up very sedated from opioids, and it’s not uncommon to give them amphetamines to make them more alert. But now they can’t sleep, so they get Ambien or Lunesta. The amphetamines also make them anxious, paranoid and sweaty, and that means even more drugs,” said Kolodny, who also serves as chief medical officer to Phoenix House, a nonprofit organization that offers drug and alcohol treatment in 10 states and the District.

 

Women, in particular, are ideal customers. About 57 percent of working-age women who take opioids have four or more prescriptions, according to a Washington Post analysis of participants in the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Among working-age women who don’t take opioids, 14 percent have four or more prescriptions, the analysis shows.

Among men, the numbers are significantly lower. About 41 percent of working-age men on prescription opioids have at least four prescriptions. Among men who don’t take opioids, 9 percent have four or more.

Studies show that constipation afflicts 40 percent to 90 percent of opioid patients. As recently as a few years ago, doctors typically advised people to cut down the dosages of their pain meds, to take them less often, or to try non-drug interventions such as changing their diets or increasing physical activity.

By promoting opioid-induced constipation as a condition in need of more targeted treatment, critics say the drug industry is creating incentives to maintain the painkillers at full strength and add another pill instead.

“The pharmaceutical industry literally created the problem [of OIC],” Kolodny said. “They named it, and they started advertising what a serious issue it is. And now they’ve got the solution for it.”

A Super Bowl ad

Opioid-induced constipation burst onto the biggest possible public stage in February, when AstraZeneca, maker of Movantik, aired a spot during Super Bowl 50 , one of the most expensive ad opportunities of the year. It featured a middle-aged man wistfully watching another man triumphantly adjusting his belt, a dog peacefully relieving itself under a tree and a woman striding by with a banner of toilet paper trailing victoriously from one high-heeled shoe.

“If you need an opioid to manage your chronic pain, you may be so constipated it feels like everyone can go — except you,” a narrator intones.

That ad was aimed at men, but many others in the Movantik campaign target women, airing on “Good Morning America,” movies on the Hallmark Channel and specials about former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Diana and singer Whitney Houston.

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In one, a slightly overweight dark-blonde woman talks about “struggling to find relief.” In another, a giant cartoon pill looms sympathetically over a middle-aged brunette, who complains that opioids really helped with her pain but left her with some “baggage.”

“So awkward,” she sighs.

The Super Bowl ad, aired before an audience of more than 100 million people, quickly became the latest flash point in the country’s war against opioids. Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) called the ad “a shameful attempt to exploit America’s addiction crisis to boost corporate profits.” White House chief of staff Denis McDonough tweeted: “Next year, how about fewer ads that fuel opioid addiction and more on access to treatment.”

AstraZeneca and its marketing partner Daiichi Sankyo defended the commercials, calling opioid-induced constipation “a legitimate medical condition” affecting millions of Americans.

“The ad has driven good dialogue about OIC, and just as importantly, also added to the increasing and necessary conversation about the appropriate and safe use of opioids,” a spokeswoman said.

Paul Gileno, president of the U.S. Pain Foundation, a patient advocacy group that worked with AstraZeneca on the ads, notes that many people use opioids responsibly.

“People ask, ‘Why are you helping addicts?’ That’s not the case,” Gileno said. “We are trying to help people who are suffering from chronic pain to be able to continue on their medicines and live their lives.”

A ‘brilliant’ pitch

Each tiny pink pill of Movantik retails for about $10, and most insurance plans cover it. Since the Super Bowl, prescriptions have jumped from 6,600 to 8,800 a week, AstraZeneca recently reported.

Movantik holds the dominant market share, but Canada’s Valeant Pharmaceuticals — one of the companies under fire by Congress for jacking up prices of old drugs — won approval in July from the Food and Drug Administration to sell Relistor, its version of the pill. Analysts estimate that as many as six other drugs may be on the market by 2019.

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Investors have been talking about the “blockbuster potential” of these drugs since at least 2008, when Movantik had been tested on only a small number of human subjects, and long before it received FDA approval in 2014. While it is illegal to market a drug before approval, it is fine to market the condition the drug is designed to treat. And so “OIC” was born.

The branding began around 2010, when “OIC” began appearing in papers in some of the top medical journals, in poster presentations and on the lips of panelists speaking at major medical conferences. “Opioid-induced constipation” suddenly replaced what had been a vast vocabulary used to describe the problem, including terms such as “bowel dysfunction” and “gut motility.”

Last year, after it won government approval to sell Movantik, AstraZeneca rolled out a number of free continuing-education classes. Doctors and nurses must take such classes to remain licensed. The titles included: Opioid-induced Constipation: A Neglected Complication and Unmet Needs in Opioid-Induced Constipation.

The companies have also asked pain doctors to show patients a chart about stool “health,” with diagrams to help assess shape and clumpiness.

Adriane Fugh-Berman, a researcher at Georgetown University Medical Center who studies drug marketing, called the Movantik strategy “brilliant.” She compared it to other recent “disease awareness” campaigns focused on “premenstrual dysphoric disorder” (treatable with a new version of Prozac packaged in pink instead of blue) and “binge-eating disorder” (for which there is a new pill called Vyvanse).

The OIC campaign created the perception of great need for the drug when the market should be “vanishingly small,” Fugh-Berman said — certainly not big enough to justify ads during the Super Bowl.

“The best way to treat opioid-induced constipation,” she said, “is to prevent it in the first place by not overusing opioids.”

Moss reluctantly continued to test a constipation-easing drug he was developing on opioid addicts, rather than cancer patients, at the behest of the Food and Drug Administration. It became Valeant’s Relistor. (Lucy Hewett)

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William Chey, director of the Gastrointestinal Physiology Laboratory at the University of Michigan, helped design and execute the first large-scale human study for a competing drug that became Movantik, the first drug on the market specifically approved to treat opioid-induced constipation. (Nick Hagen)

Potential for good and bad

Constipation is different for people on opioids. Opioids bind to a receptor that makes the gastrointestinal tract go awry, decreasing the secretion of fluids and inhibiting the muscle contractions that propel waste. As a result, stool gets “stuck.”

While mostly a nuisance, the condition can be serious, especially among people already weakened by end-stage cancer. Some patients have been rushed to the emergency room to have the material removed from their bodies.

In the early 1990s, Moss and his colleagues at the University of Chicago began working on a drug that would block what are known as mu opioid receptors, which are responsible for the side effect. The drug showed promise, and Moss was devastated when investors told him the potential profits were too small to be worth the risky investment.

“If you’re a drug company, who wants to make a drug for people who weren’t going to be around in a couple of months? They wanted to aim for something people could take for 10, 20 years,” recalled Moss, who specializes in anesthesiology and critical care.

The researchers decided to fund the work without industry help but ran into another roadblock: The FDA said it was too risky to continue testing the experimental drug on cancer patients. Regulators suggested a different population: opioid addicts being treated with methadone.

Moss was reluctant. He considered the idea a detour that would slow down his work. “Our hearts really sank,” he said.

Thinking that he had no choice, Moss began the testing, and the results were published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, in 2000. Pharmaceutical companies immediately came calling.

Moss’s drug was picked up by a biotech company and, after changing hands a few times, eventually became Valeant’s Relistor. Nearly all the profits will go to the companies. The licensing deal through the University of Chicago calls for Moss and four colleagues to receive a modest initial payment in the thousands of dollars, plus a tiny slice of sales royalties. They also get “milestone payments” when the drug reaches a certain stage of approval or a certain market size.

Parallel efforts took off at other companies. Nektar Therapeutics, a small San Francisco firm specializing in drug research and development, had been working on a drug known as NKTR-118, which was aimed at limiting opioid penetration of the central nervous system and reducing side effects such as dizziness and sleepiness. But researchers found that it also helped with constipation.

In 2009, AstraZeneca bought the rights for the drug and recruited William Chey, director of the Gastrointestinal Physiology Laboratory at the University of Michigan, to help design and execute the first large-scale human study. The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014, were a crucial part of pushing Movantik over the FDA finish line. Last year, it became the first drug on the market specifically approved to treat opioid-induced constipation.

Chey said that he has seen many patients with cancer and other serious illnesses suffering from the condition and that he believes Movantik can improve their quality of life. However, Chey said he also recognizes the concern that Movantik could enable chronic opioid use and worsen the nation’s epidemic of addiction.

“I’ve thought a lot about the potential good and bad,” he said. “Used responsibly, this is an incredibly valuable drug. Hopefully, people will use it that way.”

Dan Keating contributed to this report.

Mitch Albom and Morrie taught me about acceptance, communication, love, values, openness, and happiness.

September 24, 2016

Tuesdays With Morrie An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

“Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom is a book (and movie) about acceptance, communication, love, values, openness, and happiness. Albom emphasizes the importance of forging a culture of one’s own to transcend the tyranny of popular culture, suggesting that the media are preoccupied with death, hatred, violence and depression.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuesdays_with_Morrie

Which is exactly what I discovered myself suggesting to others one I got the hang of it!

We have to escape from depression, sadness and all the other negative feelings if we are to do any good or be any good.

So where is the better culture taught to us? Where our culture does not want you to look! GOD.

“Religion is the opium of the people” is one of the most frequently paraphrased statements of German philosopher and economist Karl Marx.

So who tells us to throw out religion?

Hollywood, Marxists, Communists, you name the rest.

And personally, I am not too consumed with religion. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and the compassion, service to others, love, and goodness that he
suggests we try to learn, emulate and live.

And how do we find Jesus? There are lots of ways. One is to pick one thing that he teaches and to actually try to do it. This was easy for me because an old Vietnamese man in a hospital ASSIGNED me to be his Simon of Cyrene — so running  away seemed like cowardice would win. Which is what always happens when we ignore Jesus. Cowardice (and at least for me — evil) wins….

So because depression kills people and I am prone to depression and there is already age and neurological disorder trying to kill me I decided to invest in  some life saving effort with Jesus. After a few years of this it has occurred to me that this has promised to lead to ETERNAL life saving. Service to others can  become a longer life for ME and everyone! What a deal. And it is free. Good thing since I am poor and cheap.

Jesus talks a lot about the “show stoppers” that keep us out of the kingdom of heaven.

UNLESS you become like little children…..

It is easier to get the nose of a camel through the eye of a needle…..

Go the extra mile…..

Let the one without sin throw the first stone…..

Leave the 99 to find the lost one….

Do not be afraid….

— Everything we need to get into the Kingdom of Heaven is right at hand. It’s written down for us in snappy stories.

But there is something much more practical here. Depression sucks and has almost killed me (several times). I just don’t really want to end up like Philip  Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse.

I’ve been there. Almost.

When I have more than $20.oo I have a return ticket.

But it’s more than that. When I’m mowing the lawn and you come over to say hello — I want us both to be happy that you came.

That will keep us both happy and alive.

You should give it a try.

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Mitch Wrote A Second Book called “have a little faith.” More on that later….

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Catholic Church Teaching on Human Life and Suicide:

http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a5.htm

Get God To Help With Your Problem

God, I offer myself to Thee-
To build with me
and to do with me as Thou wilt.
Relieve me of the bondage of self,
that I may better do Thy will.
Take away my difficulties,
that victory over them may bear witness
to those I would help of Thy Power,
Thy Love, and Thy Way of life.
May I do Thy will always!
Thank you, God, Amen!

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“The Catholic Guide to Depression,” by Aaron Kheriaty, MD and Fr. John Cihak, STD.

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  1. We Pray and Meditate
  2. We study (spiritual works, like the scripture)
  3. We pour ourselves out in loving service to others
  4. We evangelize. A Christians talks about his faith — he is not ashamed. A person in AA or another 12 Step recovery program, does 12 Step work.

Many people have said to us that the four signs of a “dynamic Catholic” are also the characteristics of many Christians of all denominations and people in recovery programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Nick Gordon Will Face A Jury Trial in Bobbi Kristina Brown Death Case — Jury will likely determine how much Gordon will be required to pay in damages

September 16, 2016

BBC News

Bobbi Kristina Brown (L) and Nick Gordon in Hollywood in August 2012

Bobbi Kristina Brown (l) and Nick Gordon. GETTY IMAGES

Bobbi Kristina Brown’s partner, Nick Gordon, has lost a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estate of Whitney Houston’s late daughter.

A Georgia judge upheld the plaintiff’s case against Gordon as he repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines.

The estate’s lawsuit accused Gordon of assault, battery and causing emotional distress, among other allegations.

Brown died in August 2015, several months after being found unresponsive in a bath at her home.

Jury trial

R David Ware, a lawyer for the Brown estate conservator, said outside court. “The court agrees with us, by striking Mr Gordon’s answer that he is legally responsible for her death.”

A jury trial will be set to determine how much Gordon will be required to pay in damages, the judge’s order stated.

Brown was the only daughter of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown.

Brown, 22, died as a result of immersion in water and drug intoxication, medical records showed.

Houston was found dead in a hotel bath in Los Angeles in 2012.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37390227