Nikki Sixx On Whitney Houston Media Coverage: 'Everybody Loves You When You're Dead'

Nikki Sixx appeared on "Piers Morgan Tonight" last night to share his point of view on Whitney Houston's tragic death.

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According to Blabbermouth.net, Nikki Sixx founding member of MTLEY CRE and SIXX: A.M., "Sixx Sense" radio host, recovering addict and author of two New York Times bestselling books appeared on "Piers Morgan Tonight" last night to share his point of view on Whitney Houston's tragic death. Immediately after hearing of the pop legend's passing, Sixx took to Twitter and stated, "You know what's scummy about the music industry? Everybody all of a sudden loves you when you're dead." The tweet sparked media attention, and led to Sixx's appearance on the show. As a rock icon who has been in the business for over 30 years, Sixx spoke out; citing flaws in the industry that are all too often left unsaid. He told host Piers Morgan, "We have a long list of artists who fall prey to enablers. I was hoping people would be saying 'we triedwe stood beside her,' and instead I'm hearing people just stood by and let her be an addict." Sixx is very passionate about sharing this point of view and continued, "We need to educate young artists to not fall victim [to handlers, agents, road mamagers, lawyers, etc. who continue to enable addicts in fear of losing their own revenue stream]." Speaking about physicians who cater to celebrity clients and end up being caught prescribing things inappropriately, Sixx said, "How does nobody get caught doing this? I don't have experience in that field, but I imagine if you're getting different prescriptions filled from different doctors, there have to be some checks and balances somewhere." He also weighed in on the way celebrities can use employees and hangers-on to acquire drugs. Sixx asked, "Where does the fault lie? Is it with the artist?" He added, "I had to find the courage to turn my life around, but it took a minute for me to wake up and realize I was just a slave to the system. I was being put out there to work for months and months and months, because everybody gets paid again on the gross." After the show aired, Sixx wrote on Facebook, "Amazing and honest interview on 'Piers' yonight! Thanks for calling out all the enablers. Hopefully soon the enablers will be held accountable and this madness stops. I personally am tired and sickened of losing these very talented people." While having all the rock star riches and luxuries, Sixx told Sun Media that he once had a $5,000-a-day drug habit, one that is vividly chronicled in his 2007 memoir, "The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star". "That's how I communicated," Sixx said. "I had to or I would go crazy and even as I was going crazy I had to write it down to see if what I was seeing and hearing and feeling was real. "Cocaine was really the biggest downfall. Heroin you can maintain, sadly, but cocaine you start getting into the amounts of freebasing and mainlining you go into a whole other world of insanity." Nikki Sixx is a recovering addict and been sober for adecade and counting. In his two New York Times bestsellers, (2008's "The Heroin Diaries" and 2010's "This Is Gonna Hurt"), Sixx has been candid about his experience with drugs and alcohol addiction in hopes that it will help others see see recovery is possible. In 2008, Sixx teamed with Congress to speak on Capitol Hill as part of National Recovery Month. He continues to speak out about hard-hitting issues on his national radio show "Sixx Sense", syndicated via Premiere Radio Networks to over 100 stations.

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    iommi600
    that's true... I can't even count how many "fans" I met since she died...
    WholeLottaIzzy
    I don't like Motely Crue at all, but Nikki Sixx is an awesome dude. Read Heroin Diaries. It's an amazing, no bullshit and to the point book.
    courageous93
    Nikki and Mick are the only members of Motley Crue I still enjoy hearing about. Two cool guys who are still down to earth about most things.
    DethByHeadcrush
    I love Nikki so freaking much. I'm not much into Crue, and only a bit into Sixx AM, but damn if anyone was the right person to talk on this subject, it was Sixx. I'm in high school, and every girl in this school freaked out when they heard she died, and I had literally never even known any of her songs before the news came out. Nikki is right on the ball, and other musicians really need to listen.
    gnfnrs
    I love Nikki he is so down to earth and naild that dead on the spot and thanks to him and his books his music everything i have been 2 years clean off of that stupid shit now i have my high school diploma a good paying job and my life back
    Minivirus2
    Thank you Nikki for coming out and saying what (potentially) millions of people are thinking. She was an addict. People tried to help her. She didn't take that help. She's been largely off of the radar for some time now and hasn't done anything worth while in just as long, but all of a sudden she's treated like one of the biggest icons of today. Fact is, she was a drugged up shmow, with more talent than brains and her death is the only thing that could get poeple to pay her any mind. It's sad.
    scawti
    Nikki is bang on. I hate how the record companies use deaths as free publicity to sell music and "newly found songs" that weren't good enough to release while the artist lived..
    raoooos
    "Cocaine was really the biggest downfall. Heroin you can maintain, sadly , but cocaine you start getting into the amounts of freebasing and mainlining you go into a whole other world of insanity."
    Now I may have less experience of doing heroin than Nikki Sixx, but I don't believe this.
    reaper08
    Exactly, I remember with Michael Jackson, one of my friends used to rip on him about being a paedophile and shit but as sonn as he died "He was a great man, he never did any of those things." And yeah, no-one gave a **** about Whitney Housten recently until she died!
    GenerationKILL
    FINALLY. I am sick and tired of everyones' phony sympathy cards. The REAL fact is, nobody gave a shit about her when she was alive and needed help. Where was the legions of celebrities and fans when she needed their support the most? Nobody gives a shit until its too late. Thats generally human nature.
    jacobdubya
    I really don't like Nikki Sixx most of the time, but I actually kind of agree with him here. But despite him being sober for over a decade now, I can't help but think he looks stoned out of his gourd in that picture.
    jakeslick
    raoooos wrote: "Cocaine was really the biggest downfall. Heroin you can maintain, sadly, but cocaine you start getting into the amounts of freebasing and mainlining you go into a whole other world of insanity." Now I may have less experience of doing heroin than Nikki Sixx, but I don't believe this.
    If you read The Heroine Diaries, you'll better understand his personal experience with cocaine and heroine and this statement will make a lot more sense. It's a good read.
    Michael Stewart
    iommi600 wrote: that's true... I can't even count how many "fans" I met since she died...
    I'm no fan. I felt bad hearing she died but I'm no fan. I am a fan of Michael Jackson. Not a huge one but I do enjoy hearing his music, before and after he died.