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Demi Lovato Posts Essay on Addiction Following Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

Image courtesy of Credit: Rankin (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Credit: Rankin (via ABC News Radio)

While there's been no official word on what caused the death of 46-year-old actor Philip Seymour Hoffman , it appears to have been a result of drug addiction.  Now, Demi Lovato, who knows first-hand it's like to struggle with such issues, has taken to Twitter to post an essay about how she wishes we could see addiction in a different light.

"I wish more people would lose the stigma and treat addiction as the deadly and serious DISEASE that it is," she writes , adding, "Drugs are not something to glamorize in pop music or film to portray as harmless recreational fun. It's not cute, 'cool' or admirable." 

She adds, "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," she continues. "Please spread the word so we can take the taboo out of discussing this illness and raising awareness to people of all ages."

Demi finishes by writing, "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..."

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