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If Heath Ledger Was Such a “genius” (Todays Newspaper), Why Didn’t He Manage His Drug Addiction Better?

Question by Bisley: If Heath Ledger was such a “genius” (todays newspaper), why didn’t he manage his drug addiction better?
This “genius”, who now, naturally, is being compared to James Dean (another druggie), didn’t even make it to 30 before he killed himself with drugs. Shouldn’t the message be: don’t do drugs,they are killers, and that the “it won’t happen to me” attitude shows anything but genius…….instead of these tired post-mortem characterizations of the lost genius? The list of these dead drug genuises gets longer all the time. Billie Holiday, Montgomery Clift, Lenny Bruce, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, John Belushi, Richard Pryor, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger. Who’s next? Amy Winehouse would be a reasonable guess. Then we’ll read that she was a genius as great as Billie Holiday, an incomparable talent (except little talent for remaining among the living)……the only trouble was that she was such a pathetic addict that was so far gone that she needed cocaine while she was on stage, performing. Real genius there.