When he was 73 years old, the legendary music icon Ray Charles died on June 10, 2004. The cause of his death was liver failure, resulting from acute liver disease and hepatitis C.
What led to these diseases? A long-sustained drug addiction.
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Ray had a very long history of substance abuse, including heroin and alcohol. He even responded to the situations caused by his drug use and reform with the songs “I Don’t Need No Doctor”, “Let’s Go Get Stoned”, and the release of his first album since having kicked his heroin addiction in 1966, “Crying Time.”
By 2003, Ray was diagnosed with alcoholic liver disease and hepatitis C.
“If I knew I was going to live this long,” he added with an ironic smile, “I would have taken better care of myself,” Ray said.
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