It’s always shocking to find out one of the addicts profiled has died, usually as a result of their addiction. It shouldn’t be so shocking given that they were in such bad shape that their families felt like the would die without a televised intervention, but still, it is. Maybe it’s because we come to feel like we know them over an hour (I know that’s not possible, but it still feels that way) and we have hope that there will be a happy ending to their story, not a tragic one.
My sincere condolences to the families and friends of the people who have passed on since their intervention. Please know that there are many people out here that became emotionally invested in your story and are deeply sympathetic to the pain that addiction has caused in your lives. We are terribly sorry for your loss.
Episode 93. Season 7, Episode 7
Died after successful treatment at 105 days sober
Cause of death: Esophageal cancer
Death revealed on first airing, June 2009
Episode 59. Season 4, Episode 9
Cause of death: Esophageal bleeding as a result of cirrhosis of the liver.
Episode 70. Season 4 (Missing episode)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Completed treatment and was on medication for OCD until he couldn’t afford it any longer.
Died September 7, 2010
Cause of death: Unconfirmed but suspected suicide
Episode 62, Season 4
Died March 10, 2014
Cause of Death: Overdose
Episode 83, Season 5
Died November 29, 2014
Cause of Death: Surgery complications
Episode 128, Season 8
Died December 14, 2014
Cause of Death: Cirrhosis of the liver
Brian James Bellamore
Episode 4, Season 1
Addiction: Meth, sex
Died November 29th, 2016
Cause of Death: Medical error while being treated for an infection. His death was not related to his addiction.
Episode 201, Season 14
Addiction: Heroin, Alcohol
Died March 23. 2017
Cause of Death: Overdose
Taylor Nichole Bittler
Season 18 – The Heroin Triangle
Died January 22, 2018
Cause of Death: Acute Asthmatic Asphyxiation
Sister’s video about the Intervention experience and Taylor’s death
Tracey Earl Frederick, Jr.
Season 18, The Heroin Triangle
Died August 23, 2021
Cause of Death: Not made public
NOTES ON COMMENTING HERE: I no longer publish comments on this page asking for an update on someone. This thread is for support, discussion and news about addicts who have passed away. If you’d like to find out about how someone is doing, or you have information you’d like to share, please do a search of this site for that person (search bar in the top right on every page) and then read the comments on that person’s individual page – someone may have already provided an update. Also, I’ve started an open thread page for people who are suffering from addiction or struggling in recovery and are reaching out for help from this community. Please visit that page if you’d like to offer your support and recovery wisdom.
Thanks everyone. – Dizzy