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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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