Warning: Being Famous Could Cause Death by tmaples
September 30, 2007, 9:01 pm
Filed under: Culture, Uncategorized

by T Maples

Who knew being famous was so hazardous to your health.  Consider the following examples: 

Marvin Gaye: Singer, 45, Shot to death

Marilyn Monroe: Actress, 36, Drug overdose

Elvis Presley: Rock musician, 42, Heart attack/drug addiction

John Belushi: Comedian, 33, Drug overdose

Kurt Cobain: Rock musician, 27, Suicide

John Lennon: Rock musician, 40, Shot to death

Sid Vicious: Rock musician, 21, Drug overdose

Ernest Hemingway: Writer, 61, Suicide

Karen Carpenter: Singer, 32, Heart attack/ anorexia

Notorious B.I.G.: Rapper, 22, Drive by shooting

So is fame costly?  Do you think these folks found what they were looking for?  I in no way want to make light of their tragic deaths, because there go I but for the grace of God.  However, I do think there’s a pattern here that we can learn from.  It just seems like they were looking for life in things that would never give it.  It’s as if they knew deep down they were created for joy & satisfaction, they just sought it out in the wrong places.  Just like us before Christ, they were lost.  I guess they figured they had plenty of time and their life was their own, but in the end they got taken out.  They didn’t know that very night their souls were required of them(Luke 12:20).  They didn’t know they were being hunted and that they would be devoured by the roaring lion (1Peter 5:8).  I read stuff like this and I greive for Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton.  It saddens me to see them gobbled up by the media and their own lust for attention.  They’re looking for life. 

I relate to their quest for joy and satisfaction.  I sought joy & satisfaction and so did you.  It’s not bad, you were made to have it.  But where we err’d is where we sought it.  They sought it in fame and fortune and it destroyed them.  I sought it in the port to port party lifestyle of a sailor(not all are like this).    Their hearts were restless and so was mine because as Augustine said “You made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless until it finds its place of rest in You.”  (Augustine, The Confessions) 

“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” -Matthew 10:39


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So very true about Spears and Hilton. It is sad, and sobering, to watch what is happening to them.

Comment by DJ Cimino

dude did you know that John Belushi was Chris Faley’s role model and he died at 33 with a drug overdose. crazy

Comment by luke smith

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