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6 Celebrities Describe Their Own Struggles with Heroin

6 Celebrities Describe Their Own Struggles with Heroin

Originally posted 02/09/2014 02:30PM

While Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death is the most recent to make headlines, heroin claimed the lives of many beloved artists, including Cory Monteith, Janis Joplin, River Phoenix and Chris Farley.  

Other stars – from Angelina Jolie and Nicole Richie to Samuel L. Jackson – have admitted to dabbling if not struggling with the drug. And many have offered chilling personal accounts of their heroin use.  

Here are six celebrities who have shared their experiences with the dangerous drug over the years:  

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Lea Michele on Dating Again: 'I'm Not Quite There Yet'

Lea Michele on Dating Again: 'I'm Not Quite There Yet'

Originally posted 01/30/2014 09:00AM

Though she usually remains tight-lipped about her relationship with boyfriend and Glee costar Cory Monteith – and the pain she’s experienced since his death from an accidental drug overdose last July – Lea Michele has given a surprisingly candid interview.

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PEOPLE Tribute: The Stars We've Lost in 2013

PEOPLE Tribute: The Stars We've Lost in 2013

Originally posted 12/30/2013 01:00PM

We reflect and remember those who have left us this past year

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From Cory Monteith to Valerie Harper: The 13 Most-Read Stories of 2013

UpdatePosted 12/31/2013 11:45AM

The 13 Most-Read Stories of 2013

Originally posted 12/23/2013 01:45PM

The year 2013 had its ups – but unfortunately it was the downs that generated the most page views on PEOPLE.com.

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Ryan Murphy: Cory Monteith's Glee Character Would Have Become a Teacher | Cory Monteith

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Ryan Murphy: Cory Monteith's Glee Character Would Have Become a Teacher

Originally posted 12/24/2013 11:15AM

Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy always had a vision for how the groundbreaking FOX show would end, but when Cory Monteith died in July, that vision died with him.

Murphy revealed that ending to those close to the star when he eulogized Monteith at a private memorial service shortly after his death.

Now, five months after Monteith died from a heroin and alcohol overdose, he also shares it with the world.

"The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it," Murphy discloses in an excerpt of the eulogy just published in Entertainment Weekly. "At the end of season 6, Lea [Michele]'s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play. Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser."

Murphy had mapped it out so clearly that he even had the last line of dialogue written in his head: "Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn's glee club. 'What are you doing here?' he would ask. 'I'm home,' she would reply. Fade out. The end."

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After a Difficult Year, Lea Michele Takes Time to 'Recharge, Relax'

Lea Michele Takes Time to 'Recharge, Relax'

Originally posted 12/23/2013 12:30PM

Lea Michele is taking some time to unwind.

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Shiba Inus, Justin Bieber, Tyler Oakley – the Most Random Things Online This Year

Shiba Inus, Justin Bieber, Tyler Oakley – the Most Random Things Online This Year

Originally posted 12/20/2013 02:45PM

The Internet is for cats. This is an indisputable fact.

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Editor's Take: The Celeb Moments That Captured Our Attention in 2013 | Beyonce, Kate Middleton, Miley Cyrus, Prince George, Prince William

Editor's Take: The Celeb Moments That Captured Our Attention in 2013

Originally posted 12/17/2013 12:00PM

From Miley Cyrus' twerking brigade to Beyonce's musical domination and the birth of Prince George, here are the moments we couldn't stop talking about

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Lea Michele: Grief Is with Me Every Day

Lea Michele: Grief Over Cory Monteith Is with Me Every Day

Originally posted 12/12/2013 10:50AM

Friday will mark five months since Cory Monteith's tragic death at age 31. And his girlfriend, Lea Michele, says she's still taking things one day at a time.

"I really feel like I'm still trying to figure out all of this. It's been only a few months," the singer and actress says in an interview airing Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

One thing she knew she needed shortly after his death – to get back to work and the people she considers her family.

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Lea Michele: My Family Gives Me the Strength I Need

Lea Michele: My Family Gives Me the Strength I Need

Originally posted 12/04/2013 12:00PM

Lea Michele is finding comfort in those closest to her and in her music.

"My family has experienced a lot of loss in their life and they've been so wonderful in being there for me and giving me the strength I need," the Glee star told PEOPLE at the L'Oreal Women of Worth event on Tuesday.

Michele, 27, who will release the first single, Cannonball, off her debut album on Dec. 10, says the song that she recorded in August following the loss of her boyfriend Cory Monteith is "more than just a song to me. It completely helped to lift me up at a time where I needed it."

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