Dr. Drew ‘angry’ About Rodney King’s Death
Dr. Drew ‘angry’ About Rodney King’s Death, The doctor who treated King’s addictions on “Celebrity Rehab” is devastated after his passing. Rodney King was just a “misunderstood” sweet man who just couldn’t shake his inner demons, Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated him for alcohol abuse on his VH1 reality series, “Celebrity Rehab,” said on his HLN news program on Monday night, one day after King was found unconscious at the bottom of his pool in Rialto, California. “I feel angry because I know it didn’t have to happen,” he continued. “After the anger passes, the sadness kicks in.” Of King’s three daughters, who appeared on “Celebrity Rehab” with their dad, Pinsky added, “I’m so devastated for them. They can’t get their head around this.”
Also on Dr. Drew’s program were Bob Forrest and Jennifer Gimenez, who both work with him on “Celebrity Rehab.” The two both painted King as a tender man, despite what his legacy was. “I just loved the guy,” gushed Forrest. “He was just so gentle and sweet and kind.”
As for what killed King, Forrest was quick to predict it was likely because of his addictions. “It was alcoholism to me if you’re swimming at 3 in the morning.” Added Gimenez, who fought back tears as she spoke, “He really wanted [sobriety].”
In April, King appeared on Dr. Pinsky’s show and revealed he was at peace in his life, after two decades of anguish. “I’m very happy and pleased to be alive through it all,” he said. “I have some good people praying for me. You know I’m real comfortable with myself these days … I don’t drink like I used to I’ve learned a lot over the years.”
On “Celebrity Rehab” in 2008, King was very open about his struggles, which he attributed to the brutal beating he received at the hands of the LAPD in March 1991 after King, who had been drinking with friends, took them on a high-speed chase because he feared a DUI would violate his probation for a previous robbery conviction. Three of the four police officers who beat King, then just 25, were acquitted of their charges and a jury failed to reach a verdict for the fourth officer — and thus touched off the L.A. riots in 1992, which resulted in 53 deaths and more than 2,000 injuries in six days until the United States Army National Guard got involved.