Mulaney, Miller, & Williams: Drug Addiction in the Entertainment Industry

Yesterday marked three years since the loss of Mac Miller. On Monday, September 6th, actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his NYC apartment. Both men succumbed to their drug addictions at different points in their lives. Mac passed at the age of 26, while Michael passed at 54, both were in the middle of their careers. The public persona of drug addicts are people on their decline or rock bottom in their professional and personal lives. Miller’s last two projects, Swimming and Circles are some of his best work and we can only imagine what he was going to do next. Williams received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Montrose Freeman on HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Since Monday, images of Michael K from photoshoots, interviews, music videos, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Lovecraft Country have flooded timelines all over social media. Everyone has a story about his kindness, spirit, and good-heartedness. Next month, Donna Claire Chesman‘s The Book of Mac will be released to tell the Pittsburgh musician’s life story including tales from his family and friends. I just wish both of these men were here to tell their stories themselves.

Last night, Comedian John Mulaney returned to Late Night to talk with his friend, Seth, about the last year he had. In the 18-minute clip below, Mulaney details his multiple trips to rehab, the intervention that was attended by Seth, his divorce, his new relationship with Olivia Munn, his first child on the way, and his newfound sobriety. Bless John Mulaney. Bless the lives of Mac Miller and Michael K Williams. To everyone struggling with addiction, I pray that you make it through this battle.