Update: Star of “Tudors” Released From Hospital After Pill Overdose

By Kirwan Gray 07/01/11

Jonathan Rhys Meyers tried to wave away the ambulance that came to his aid, after four previous attempts at rehab.

Actor’s addiction problems continue.
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers of the hit television series The Tudors has been released from the central London hospital where he was taken late Tuesday for what was described as a pill overdose and possible suicide attempt, the LA Times reports. The 34-year old actor, who also appeared in the movies Match Point and Mission Impossible III, was found by paramedics, slumped on the floor of his London home. The Hollywood Reporter later issued an update stating that the actor was hospitalized for a “relapse drug overdose,” but that it was not a suicide attempt. Other tabloid reports claimed he had also been drinking heavily before the incident. Meyers, famous for his role as Henry VIII in the explicit BBC series, took the pills at his £3 million home in west London. A source told the UK Daily Mail: “It was the opinion of those present that he tried to take his life.”

It’s no secret that Rhys Meyers has battled addiction problems throughout his career. And if rehab is in the cards for him, it will mark his fifth stint in treatment. His latest stay was a year ago, and it evidently didn’t take. Also last year, Rhys Meyers was banned from United Airlines for being drunk during an altercation that allegedly involved a racial slur. Radaronline.com reported that “despite the early morning departure time, airline workers noticed the actor ‘pounding drinks’ in the first class lounge and becoming increasingly drunk and disorderly.”

Dr. David Sack of Promises Treatment Centers told People: “The fact that Rhys Meyers was trying to send away the ambulance suggests he didn't recognize the seriousness of the problem and that he was still hoping to conceal it. If on reflection he decides to re-engage in treatment, his prognosis could be very good. There are many examples of celebrities who recover with treatment after failing repeatedly."

Neither Rhys Meyers nor his family would comment for the press.

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