Larger-than-life talent John Belushi was surely one of the funniest men of his generation – but he was also one of the most self-destructive. Indeed, the star of American comedy institution Saturday Night Live ultimately became just as renowned for his gargantuan drug intake as he was for his madcap sense of humor.
Sadly, Belushi’s work hard, play hard approach to life ended in tragedy on one fateful night in March 1982. Shortly beforehand, the comedian had checked into Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont Hotel, where he had spent time with A-list friends Robin Williams and Robert De Niro. But just hours later, the Animal House star was dead.
Unsurprisingly, various illegal substances played their part in the star’s premature passing. A coroner later ruled, you see, that the funnyman had died from a lethal blend of cocaine and heroin known as a speedball. Here’s a look at Belushi’s career and the harrowing way in which it all came to an end.