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Zac Efron

Friends Believe He's Into Drugs, Not Sushi

3/28/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Zac Efron
's friends are "worried sick" about the actor ... and none of them believe Zac drove to downtown L.A. in the middle of the night to get sushi -- they say there's no doubt he's fallen off the wagon again.

TMZ broke the story ... Zac ended up in an area of downtown L.A. that turns dangerous late at night, with transients and drug dealers out in force.  Zac told cops his car ran out of gas, his "bodyguard" got attacked and when he went to help he got socked in the face.

Cops are skeptical, and it's echoed by Zac's friends.  As one friend put it, "Zac's a loner.  He goes out rarely and the idea of him driving for miles to go to some sushi restaurant in downtown L.A. after midnight is preposterous."

Several of Zac's friends tell us the so-called bodyguard is not a bodyguard at all.  We've confirmed he's a convicted drug dealer who has been spending a lot of time with Zac recently ... despite warnings from friends.

There were a number of reports Zac went to rehab twice last year to kick his cocaine habit.  But sources now tell us ... Zac NEVER went to rehab.  Both times he went to a friend's house outside California and received private therapy --- but that's it.

Zac has lost friends in the last few months because they became frustrated that he was slipping off the rails again.

By the way ... on Thursday we reported what the "bodyguard" told us ... that he was viciously stabbed in the face, chest and stomach by transients.  Law enforcement sources tell us ... when they arrived at the scene the only one bleeding was Zac.  The "bodyguard" was just sitting there texting away.

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16.

Gretel    

That was pretty obvious to just about everyone anyhow. He must be in a bad way for his friends to abandon him. When your friends leave you because you don't want help and are sucking the life out of them it's time to reassess or enjoy what little time if left of your life.

176 days ago
17.

DiM    

Hmmm, I don't think TMZ's info regarding his rehab is reliable. Most of these "blind" sites were reporting him being in care very recently and that he was in a facility as recent as early December. Rehab isn't some magic cure. It's always an ongoing uphill battle with booby traps along the way.

176 days ago
18.

franklyspeaking    

You have everything you ever wanted Why would you slowly off yourself? Whitney, Phillip Seymour, Heath, Michael, Lwren? U say what? Goodbye cruel world all of my dreams came true? Its So Loooony!!!!!! Work a 9-5 and then see how much u start to appreciate your cush azz lives ..#waste

176 days ago
19.

Ozzie X    

He's into sausage not fish.

176 days ago
20.

Crabby    

who cares let gay boy overdose and die already.

176 days ago
21.

smiley25    

To the one s making the comments about him being gay, I doubt if he is gay that he will admit to it because as you see he has a hard time admitting he has a problem with coke. Also if he is I doubt in a few years anyone will care because his looks is being going to down hill because of the drugs. Sad.

176 days ago
22.

Joao    

Not that ti's any of mine or your business, but i wasn't buying that "rescue", damage control, bullsh!t. Just another victim of Hollywood-hope he gets it together--but that might mean walking away from fame, there are very few folks who care that much about themselves to the right thing in his cir***stances.

176 days ago
23.

Jayjay    

How can he have a neck/chin waddle at his age. Chin implant plus/or bad chin lipo

176 days ago
24.

mittu    

what the heck is wrong with him?

176 days ago
25.

mittu    

still hung up on his ex i guess?

176 days ago
26.

lauren lipkin     

who are zac's friends going to tmz anyway? if my celeb had a problem i wouldt go to tmz i would talk to them privately?

176 days ago
27.

Truth is    

Follywood is full of liars......

176 days ago
28.

mittu    

still hung up on his ex? or still outta his mind? drug addict to street to street fights????? jeeez!!!!!!!!!! how worse can his life get?

176 days ago
29.

t    

dead within a year, doing porn to make drug money, or becoming a male trick in West Hollywood to support his drug habit...

176 days ago
30.

Bruno    

Hollywood is the hub for powdered cocaine. Skid row on the other hand is the hub for crack cocaine. And THIS is really worrying.

176 days ago
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