Documentary Re-visits the Talent of Chris Farley
Last week, I watched the documentary, “I Am Chris Farley,” which was mostly about Farley’s rise to fame and his brilliant comedic talent. As I watched and laughed at the now classic Saturday Night Live clips, I found myself longing for a different ending. The cloud over it was the knowledge that his life came to an end in 1997 when he was only 33 years old from an overdose of cocaine and morphine. It was heartbreaking to watch his closest friends describe how they each confronted Farley at various points telling him they feared he was going to die. Farley kept trying to get sober with a reported 17 trips to rehab throughout his short life.
Whenever I think about celebrities we’ve lost to the disease of addiction, I also think of the great many people we’ve lost who were living regular lives like you and me. This is not a disease that has to take your life or the life of your loved one. There is hope and treatment available.