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Benoit's Doc Has History of Shady Practices

6/28/2007 5:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that the personal physician who saw Chris Benoit just hours before the wrestler killed his wife and son once had his medical license suspended for "reasons related to competence or character."
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In 2001, the Georgia state medical board suspended Phil C. Astin, M.D.'s license to practice medicine for three months and fined him $500.

Early Thursday morning, authorities raided Dr. Astin's office in connection with Benoit investigation. Officials claim they seized medical records, but no arrests were made. According to the AP, Astin has admitted to prescribing testosterone to Benoit in the past, but has not commented on what, if anything, he prescribed to the wrestler on Friday.

Ironically, Dr. Astin's father had also run into trouble with the state medical board. According to records from the Georgia State Board of Medical Examiners, Phil Carroll Astin Sr. was found guilty of engaging in "unprofessional conduct" in 1992 by over-prescribing a plethora of pills including amphetamines, antidepressants, tranquilizers and narcotics to various patients.

As a result, the medical board suspended the father's license for 30 days, put him on 5 years probation and fined him $2000. Astin Sr. was reinstated in 1997, following the completion of his sentence.

Astin's offices were located in Carrollton, Georgia -- a small college town about 50 miles from Benoit's home.

Calls to Dr. Astin Jr. were not immediately returned.

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LS    

Strange, my comments aren't posting.

2572 days ago
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LS    

I suppose the words "coxx-coxx" as opposed to cocaine must have deleted my post.

2572 days ago
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Barbo Garbo    

#52 WTF?: Right back at you!

And better put: I woudl get another hobby with more intellect in return. Just an observation.

It's apparent that you know way too much about the WWE and its members. Sorry to burst your bubble, but NO I WOULD NOT LIKE TO WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES!
MY CHOICES HAVE GIVEN ME A LOT MORE THAN MONEY AND FAME FOR THE EXCHANGE OF A SHOW OF BRUTALITY AND FEEDING THE NON INTELLECT OF THE FAN BASED AND SUPPORTERS THAT FUEL THE WWE.

Weather a Harvard graduate or not, I my self am an MIT grad, have better things to do than what the WWE have to offer, not only as a member, but as a fan.

Obviously, you may even have some expectancies of your own, and admire the WWE, and what it stands for..... GOOD LUCK BUDDY. Hopefully you will not end up like this.

DID you know this is the 3rd death in the WWE this month. Reconsider your hobbies.

2571 days ago
65.

ANDREA    

WOW LETS REMEMBER THE WIFE AND SON, MAY THEY REST IN PEACE AND THE FAMILY HAVE SOME SOLECE.

2571 days ago
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Fla_paramedic    

Ok, ladies and gentlemen, after reading through several of these posts, I really feel the need to clarify one or two things. Before I begin, please understand that this is no excuse for the terrible actions committed by this man. May he burn in hell for the things that he did.
I see that many people are laboring under a misdirected and incorrect idea of the effects of anabolic steroids. Steroid use can contribute to mood swings, depression, and other associated health risks, If taken to extremes. The murder if the Benoit family simply does not fit the archetype for “roid rage.” Had these murders been committed in a violent and impromptu fashion involving much more violence, that would be closer to the typical definition of anger involving hormone therapy. The level of planning, as well as the elapsed time involved in the murders, points more toward psychosis.
I encourage everyone who is not familiar with anabolic steroid therapy to do additional research, and not to simply believe what the popular media has sensationalized. As I stated before, taken to extremes, anabolic steroids can be dangerous. But for that matter, too many Little Debbie snacks can be just as dangerous to your health. Please do the research, look at both the positive and negative effects, then make your own informed decision. If you have no knowledge of something beyond what you have heard from the media, posting comments without information will make you look ignorant to the informed among us.

2571 days ago
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ga_girl    

My grandfather was a patient of Dr. Astin's. He liked going to him because Dr. Astin would give him samples of pain relief medication, since my grandfather really couldn't afford it (even with Medicare and an insurance supplement). I think he tried to help the poorer patients with his samples.

2571 days ago
68.

just dont buy it...yet    

its hard to believe anything in this story theres too many what
ifs...its easy to walk in and take a look and assume what
happened...i know the autopsies say who was killed first, and
how...but my ? is can you prove he did it? I mean have they found
his d&a on the towel she was wrapped in or skin fragments on it? its
easy for us to sit on our computers and read and speculate...but we
all have questions even those of you who are sickened by this story
and what he may have done....but the simple truth is the big
questions have not been answered. Im not sayin i think he did or
didnt do it...what i think doesnt matter... its what the authorties
find and can prove that does...and face it we may never know the
truth...

2571 days ago
69.

Francie    

Just wanted to update everyone on the wikipedia change on Chris Benoit. Someone has admitted to it now and has posted a letter on the page. They were not aware of her death at the time.

2571 days ago
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innocentbystandards    

There is no such thing as a coincidence. Either this person had themsevles a Sylvia Brown moment, or they knew of her death by some other means. Chalking this off as a coinky dink is a little too convenient if you ask me.

2571 days ago
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cajun queen    

Who killed Anna Nicole Smith and her son Daniel This is the fault of her FEELGOOD DOCTORS..........

2569 days ago
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