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Burt Reynolds

Goes to Rehab

9/16/2009 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0916_burt_reynolds_bn_01-1Burt Reynolds has checked himself into a rehab clinic in West Palm Beach, seeking treatment for a painkiller addiction.

Reynolds' manager released a statement earlier today claiming the 73-year-old actor was struggling after a recent back surgery and "realized that he was in the prison of prescription pain pills."

Burt's manager added, "He checked himself into rehab in order to regain control of his life.

Mr. Reynolds hopes his story will help others in a similar situation.

He hopes they will not try to solve the problem by themselves, but realize that sometimes it is too tough to do on their own and they should seek help, as he did."

UPDATE: Burt's manager says he's been released from the rehab clinic.

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    Valerie    

    Good luck to you Burt. You're a strong man. You can beat this.

    As for all the negative comments - remember the word Karma? Don't throw stones when you live in a glass house.

    God Bless you, Burt. My prayers are with you.

    Peace and Love Always....

    1808 days ago
    2.

    kim    

    WHO CARES ABOUT WHAT'S HIS NAME... CURT OH I MEAN BURT...

    HEY #2 THAT SOUND SO GOOD, GOT MORE?

    K

    1861 days ago
    3.

    mrez golucky    

    Yikes! But don't touch the toup!

    1861 days ago
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    LOL    

    WHO CARES!

    1861 days ago
    5.

    for; while my guitar gently weeps    

    Superstar Addiction, another Hero, Medication's gone Wild, how many unfamed die unnoticed, Best of Luck Burt!

    1861 days ago
    6.

    sexy hollywood kid    

    OPEN LETTER TO TZM.COM AND BURT REYNOLDS

    God Bless you Burt. I had an addiction problem in the past and have since been 4 1/2 years clean and sober . Thank you for getting help, and for being SO OPEN about it, so you may help others.

    It's really a private fight, but you went public anyways because you CARE so much for other people...

    Your are a great star and forever will be.

    Get well soon

    God Bless you Mr. Reynolds.

    Sincerly,

    Chris Blount

    1861 days ago
    7.

    Phishsteak    

    He's still a good looking man after all these years. Sue your doctors for over-prescribing, Burt! Smokey and the Bandit forever!

    1861 days ago
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    High Dog    

    And to think I trust him giving me direction on my GPS. Well, saying that, the other Navtones I got was Gary Busey!

    1861 days ago
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    David M.    

    Isn't he the bald guy with the carpet on his head? I remember him when he used to appear in those real bad movies. No wonder he is taking drugs. It's not because of back pain, but hes remembering how bad his movies were.

    1861 days ago
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    mjoylaw    

    I love you Burt

    R I P King MJJ and Anna Nicole, Elvis and countless others

    Lawmakers, keep working

    May these deaths not be in vain. Get well soon Burt

    1861 days ago
    11.

    Jenn    

    You know, if you REALLY wanted to help after u get clean, u could start by helping some of the addicted that doesnt have the money to go to rehab and stay. I know some of you who dont know about addiction are thinking "well all the money u spend on dope could pay for rehab" but in all reality, no it wont. For someone who doesnt have insurance (most addicts dont) it would cost almost $100,000 for the minimum of a week stay, and getting proper treatment. and a addict needs more than a weeks stay, or they will go right back to using.

    1861 days ago
    12.

    $$$    

    #9...What? You think we need a law to prevent people from being stupid and overdosing on drugs? Get the Government OFF our backs... IF they are that stupid, let them take all the drugs they want. Just so it does not infringe on MY rights...

    1861 days ago
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    whocares    

    He is still alive? Didn't know that...

    1861 days ago
    14.

    Just wondering??    

    Oh man. And here I was thinking I was going to see him in some courdouroy OP shorts at a pool in Vegas. Bogus...

    1861 days ago
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    Pierce Aero    

    Oh God, they are going to ruin him. I'm not the biggest of Burt Reynolds fans, but even he deserves some credit for some pretty good work. The Dr. Drew/Dr.Phill types are making thier freakin bones breaking the "Anonymity" of thier celebrity patients to gain publicity for thier brand/Logo of rehab centers and devestating the lives, images and careers of those that they claim to help. Anonymity is NOT about "Nobodyism". Even Lindsey Lohan had a point recently when she commented that Dr Drew should be practicing his "Medicine" behind closed doors and not out in public. This kind of thing dates back to when Ralph Greenson made his name on Marylin Monroe's back. Literally.

    1861 days ago
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