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We're still in shock over Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic, untimely death and we know we're not alone. So many who enjoyed his work and were fans of his career are saddened by this sudden news, like Demi Lovato.
As we continue to mourn, the former rehabber and current activist would like us all to take a moment to recognize the great loss as a reminder that drug addiction must be treated as a "SERIOUS disease."
On her Twitter, Demi wrote:
"I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is. Drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun. It's not cute, "cool" or admire able. It's very rare when people can actually predict their addiction and even then, you never know when too much is going to take their life or take a bad batch of whatever it is their using. It's time people start really taking action on changing what we're actually singing/rapping about these days because you never know if you could be glamorizing a certain drug to a first time user or alcoholic who could possibly end up dead because they end up suffering from the same deadly disease so many have already died from. This stuff is not something to mess with. Why risk it? Addiction IS a disease. Please spread the word so we can take the taboo out of discussing this illness and raising awareness to people of all ages. RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.. An INCREDIBLE artist who lost his life to this horrible disease.. May you rest peacefully and in complete serenity now that your pain is gone. God Bless…"
With all the talent Philip had and the admiration so many had for him, there is no doubt that he was simply incapable of beating his battle with addiction.
Thank goodness we have people like Demi in our A-list crew to combat those who glamorize life-threatening habits.
While we'd like to imagine Philip has found peace, we can only hope his overdose will inspire at least ONE person to get the help they need before it's too late.