TORONTO — Former teen idol Leif Garrett has weighed in on the tragic death of Canadian actor Cory Monteith and the headline-making antics of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.
A successful singer and actor in the ’70s and early ’80s, Garrett battled alcohol and drug addiction — including heroin.
“It’s a tough one to beat. It takes your soul. It’s your lover. It’s your food,” he told Fox News. “I looked, like, crappy, but I was doing work just to get money to pay for it. I’ve been lucky. There’s a reason I’m here on this planet.”
Monteith died July 13 in Vancouver of a heroin and alcohol overdose.
Garrett, now 51, also offered advice to Bieber.
“Do not believe your own publicity. Sussing out who your real friends are is full-time work,” he said. “Every scum bag, every drug dealer, every chicken hawk wants a piece of you.
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