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Famous Fallen Fiends – K-Ci of Jodeci & Eddie Kane, Jr.

K-Ci Hailey of Jodeci & Michael Wright (Eddie Kane, Jr.) have fallen to drug & Alcohol addiction
K-Ci Hailey of Jodeci & Michael Wright (Eddie Kane, Jr.) have fallen to Drug & Alcohol addiction

Famous Fallen Fiends – K-Ci of Jodeci & Eddie Kane, Jr.

Is art imitating life or is life imitating art? Let’s examine the issues.

The name Eddie Kane, Jr. may sound more familiar than the actor, Michael Wright, that actually played that character in Robert Townsend’s 1999 classic, The Five Heartbeats. The irony of this situation is that Eddie Kane, Jr. developed a serious drug problem that caused him to be booted from the group. Only after years of succumbing to the addiction did he find a way to conquer it with help from a fellow group member, Choir Boy.

The video is not great but this is the scene in the movie as described. You’ll get the point.

All of the members of Jodeci  (Davante, Mr. Dalvin & K-Ci’s brother Jo-Jo) have had their fair share of addiction issues. Alcohol and drugs seems to be a part of the music industry as so many artists have seen their demise because of them. I personally had the pleasure of meeting K-Ci several years ago after a performance in Washington DC at Constitution Hall. He was very cordial but he, and the other group members, were already caught up in the lifestyle. I could say this about several people that I have met but will keep it focused here.

What makes drugs and alcohol appealing to those in show business? Is it the feeling that it gives you? Is it the effect of being “ready” for anything? As schedules are jam packed and appearances are many, there seems to be a need for some type of mojo in order to cope with it all even with the TV show, K-Ci doesn’t seem to be out of the waters. Wondering what it will take for him to really come totally clean?

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