The Drug Secret Johnny Carson Took to His Grave

Published on: May 19, 2005
The Drug Secret Johnny Carson Took to His Grave

Johnny Carson took a heartbreaking secret to the grave -- sources claim his fourth marriage was torn apart by his wife's addiction to painkillers.

A family insider says the TV icon died at 79 a broken man, embittered by the collapse of his "cold and distant" relationship with his wife Alex. Carson's never-before-revealed inner torment emerged after sources close to his family told The National Enquirer that Alex, 54, became hooked on the prescription drug Vicodin after she began taking it for a serious back injury.

According to the sources, the late Tonight Show host's children feel that Alex retreated into a world of her own, lost most of her friends and isolated herself from everyone else when she was on the pills.

Read more about the secret Johnny Carson took to the grave in this week's National Enquirer!