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Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor

The late comedian and actor is well known for having co-written the hit movie "Blazing Saddles," but among his other notable attributes was his drug use. Pryor was reportedly big into freebasing cocaine, a method of smoking crack that is considered highly flamable. As the story goes, Pryor once set himself on fire while getting high, an accident that nearly cost him his life. Such a story helped Pryor earn the reputation as one of the most famous crack smokers.

A brief history of celebrity crack smokers

Rob Ford's admission to smoking crack cocaine has vaulted the Toronto mayor into the sordid category of celebrity crack smokers. Here's a brief list of the company he joins.