According to Yahoo.news, Matt Osborne of WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) fame, was pronounced dead at a Plano, Texas hospital Friday, the 5th of July. He was 55 years-old, and had a long history of cocaine abuse. Over a decade ago, he fought to get and stay clean, working to begin his life anew, and live it free of drug use and abuse. As of this writing, we don’t know if Matt fell back into the trap of cocaine use and overdosed, or succumbed to the ravages of a different drug. Perhaps he managed to stay clean, and died of a different cause altogether. The pending toxicology reports will tell the tale.
Another One Gone
When Matt Osborne, also known to wrestling fans as “Maniac Matt Borne,” and for his highly successful character Doink the Clown, struggled with drug use and abuse throughout his career. In an interview of many years ago, he shared his experience and insight with the interviewer, how he tried to beat the drug use himself, and keep his drug abuse problem a secret from others.
Unable to break free from the drugs by himself, and caught in the trap of repeating the same cycle of mistakes and self-sabotage, he entered rehab, got clean, and managed to maintain his sobriety for some years. As part of giving back, and helping others suffering from drug abuse, he would go to prisons to talk to the inmates there about drug abuse, telling his story, and recommending to them that they learn to live their lives, give of themselves to others, which was a source of real happiness in contrast to the drug-induced “let’s party!” brand of “happiness. He also shared that for him personally, one of the most difficult barriers to overcome after getting clean was to deal with the losses he brought upon himself due to his drug abuse. It was sage advice to others from a man who personally gained that hard-won knowledge and wisdom.
And there are all-too-numerous others of varying degrees of fame and misfortune, dropped like fallen soldiers, their troubled lives and high-profile careers ended abruptly, or not so abruptly, by the abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Just in very recent times, to name a few, were Whitney Houston, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, and likely most famous of all, Michael Jackson. And let us not forget Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Worthy of note was the fact that they shared a common abuse of legal (prescription) drugs, and each individual succumbed to its overdose. Whether you give it the milder and more user-friendly moniker of “medication”, there is no escaping the fact that a drug is a drug, capable of addicting, and capable of killing its user.
The Trap of Prescriptions or Something Else
Whether or not world famous wrestler, “Maniac Matt Borne” fell into the trap of prescription medication remains yet to be known, but there are literally millions in the United States alone, who have. Crack cocaine and Ecstasy were the hallmark drugs, which defined the 90’s, and the generation using and abusing them. Now, in the 2000’s, we have the millennial generation using and abusing prescription drugs, a dangerously questionable defining mark of a young generation. According to a recent study providing statistics of prescription medication use and abuse in the year 2010, there were 2.4 million individuals aged 12 or older who began using prescription drugs, all for non-medical reasons. To make that rather large and nebulous amount more real and personal, that equates to 6, 600 children, young people or adults, every day, starting on the road to potential drug abuse, addiction, and its attendant dangers, damage and heartbreak.
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