Jason Donovan’s health: Graphic details of the star’s addiction – ‘I was one of the lucky ones’

Always open about his struggles with narcotics, Donovan shared that he endured many sleepless nights “snorting cocaine all by himself.” Admitting that he first turned to harmful substances in an effort to be “cool,” nothing could have prepared the star for what was to come next. Costing him hundreds of thousands of pounds, Donovan’s addiction lasted well into the decade.

The height of his addiction was when Donovan played Joseph in the West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Explaining the graphic details of his drug addiction, he shared that he would walk off stage, step out of the costume, and go to the bathroom to “cut one hell of a line and snort it all in one go.”

However, things took an even more sinister turn when Donovan suffered a seizure at Kate Moss’ birthday party in 1995.

The star, who recalled the story in his biography, shared that he returned to his nearby hotel room to snort lines of cocaine throughout the night and then collapsed when Hutchence performed Gloria from Van Morrison, accompanied by actor Moss’ ex-boyfriend, Johnny Depp on guitar.

He wrote: “A crowd had surrounded me and Michael [Hutchence] stood over me trying to empty my trouser pockets. “Do you have anything on you?” he kept asking me. I tried to speak but I couldn’t. “Wouldn’t it be cool if something was found on you by the doctors,” he whispered.

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Following the event, and even after a word of warning from Depp Donovan continued to use cocaine and in the years that followed also developed a porn addiction.

“The problem is, I didn’t care what they thought. It’s a very selfish existence. It’s a disease,” Donovan shared in a 2021 interview.

“I came out in 1993 and didn’t come back until 1999.

“I had tried to party with the big boys, I had tried to be very rock and roll, but all I had done was become a fucking fool of myself. “


Regular, long-term cocaine use can cause a person to develop a tolerance to the drug, where a larger amount is needed for them to feel the same effects. However, increasing the dose or frequency of use can increase the effects of cocaine on their mental and physical health.

For example, chronic cocaine use can increase the risk of blood clots, which in turn can lead to heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, strokes, and deep vein thrombosis. It can also cause inflammation and death of the heart muscle, deterioration of the heart’s ability to contract as well as aortic ruptures, angina pectoris and a permanent increase in blood pressure.

Additionally, smoking cocaine can cause serious breathing problems because it blocks oxygen from entering the bloodstream and destroys the capillaries that carry oxygen to the rest of the body. This can lead to a higher risk of problems such as pneumonia, acute respiratory distress, and asthma.

Perhaps one of the most dangerous long-term uses is the drug’s effects on the brain. Because cocaine causes blood vessels to constrict, regular use can reduce the amount of oxygen the brain receives, which can lead to brain damage and increase the risk of aneurysms. It can also severely disrupt an individual’s cognitive functions, affecting areas such as attention span, impulse inhibition, decision making and motor skills.

For help and support to overcome drug addiction, contact Priory Group on 0808 271 3873.