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The Dark Side of Fame

By Denise Gotay
On February 26, 2012

For many celebrities the price of fame results in not only giving up their private lives, but has their every move watched under the public eye. With one little mistake, their whole career ends up being torn to shreds without any mercy. Of course, the dark side of fame comes to play once the celebrity dies. When a certain celebrity is being bashed constantly with one mistake and ends up passing away, the media goes into guilt trip frenzy and showers the deceased with praise to make up the hard troubles they put them through.

Amy Winehouse

Ever since her drug addiction came out into the spotlight during her last few years, the media have bombarded Winehouse constantly with her struggles. More news on her latest drug addiction graced the tabloids than her music career. When Winehouse passed away however, there were no reports of any drugs in her body. Following the report, the media showered her death with tributes and stories on how she was a good singer knowing that months before they criticized the singer for her drug habits.

Michael Jackson

The King of Pop's career came down quickly from increasing media coverage of his child molestation case back in 2003. Even though Jackson was proved innocent, some people still believed he was guilty. After he passed away before he could make his comeback, Jackson sold over 35 million albums worldwide, had Cirque du Soleil do a "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour" and had Mohamed Al-Fayed put a statue of Jackson in Craven Cottage.

Whitney Houston

Ever since Houston married Bobby Brown in 1992, rumors of drug abuse started when things have changed during the 90s. With canceled concerts, failed talk show appearances and weight loss, it furthered the suspicion for drug use. After the recent death, reports have showed Houston died from a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol. With a Grammy Tribute and a musical farewell in her funeral, many people are now regarding Houston as the voice in the music industry.


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