Khalil Rafati was a homeless man with an insane addiction to heroin. Living on the streets of Los Angeles covered in ulcers and was only 106 pounds. But that was the 13 year before Khalil. He is now a millionaire doing very well than what his condition was 13 years ago.
He is now the owner of SunLife Organics, a juice bar chain that started from Malibu but now has spread into 6 different locations in the city of Los Angeles.
The bar is very famous and includes regular customers like Anthony Kiedis, the frontman of Red Hot Chili Peppers and David Duchovny. Long waiting lines are mostly seen outside the bar where people come to purchase the most famous drinks of the bar, namely ‘The Elixir of Life’ and ‘The Happy’.
Khalil, 46, was lucky enough to get his life on the right track. In under 5 short years he has built not only a name for himself but also a juice empire built on drinks which he claims to have saved his very own life. He wrote about his brave and incredible journey in the memoir ‘I Forgot To Die’. Los Angeles seemed to be working quite well for Rafati.
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A native of Toledo, Khalil planned to escape the city to run away from his childhood filled with sexual abuse.
He found success in Hollywood quite fast, ‘starting his own business detailing in sports cars’. His clients included big Hollywood names, including Elizabeth Taylor, Jeff Bridges who is also an Academy Award winner and Slash, the guitarist for Guns N’ Roses.
This wasn’t all for Rafati. He was also dealing marijuana later adding ketamine and ecstasy in his business. One unfortunate night, Rafati tried heroin. In his memoir, he described the feeling as the one he had always dreamed of since his childhood.
He didn’t stop there. This soon became an addiction for Rafati. He escaped a near death experience in 2001 when he purposely overdosed on IV heroin while partying in Malibu. He was miraculously saved by paramedics only to face an almost death experience again the next year when he was shot on by armed intruders while he hid behind a door. At the time he was in the washroom sniffing up drugs.
Rafati said by 2003, he had reached ‘the bottoms of all bottoms’ by serving period in Los Angeles County Jail.
‘There was no more digging left to do, all of my shovels were broken,’ he said. ‘I was done.’
After this, Rafati realized his worth and spent more time dedicating to his health and well-being but what really changed his life was when one of his friends introduced him to superfoods and healthy juices.