Earlier this year, former child star Macaulay Culkin was photographed looking worse for wear, emaciated and apparently sickly, which instantly prompted a spark of concern over his health. It's not getting any better, mostly because of his “secret addiction,” says a new report.
For years now, Culkin has been more or less living out of the spotlight but, paradoxically, this did not stop the tabloids from speculating on his personal life, particularly after word got out that he might be dabbling into drugs.
Even though Culkin's rep issued a denial for them earlier this year, after the aforementioned photos emerged online, a new report suggests that the actor's health is actually getting worse.
He's addicted to a deadly mix of heroin and prescription drugs, Radar Online
reports, citing the latest print issue of The National Enquirer.
“According to a blockbuster new report in the National Enquirer, the Home Alone star regularly shoots up heroin and the powerful prescription painkiller oxycodone and nearly overdosed once,” Radar writes.
The tab claims the actor's drug habit has been intensifying for the past 18 months, having gotten to a point where he spends today about $6,000 (€4,904.3) a month to sustain it.
Moreover, he's turned his Manhattan apartment into a “drug den” that he hardly ever leaves, insiders say. Whatever friends he still has left fear for his life
“Macaulay Culkin is hooked on drugs and it’s killing him! He’s been hooked for a year and a half, and his drug of choice is either heroin or oxycodone. Mac is surrounding himself with junkies and lowlifes. It’s a real tragedy,” a spy is quoted as saying.
“Macaulay Culkin is surely dying. He’s addicted to heroin, oxycodone, Percocet and Vicodin. I have witnessed his drug taking, which has escalated over the past year and a half to the point where he needs serious help,” another friend reveals for the tab.
“His closest friends fear that he’ll overdose or his heart will explode. If he doesn’t get help and enter rehab now, he could be dead in six months,” the spy adds.
In a statement to TMZ
, the actor's publicist has denied all such claims, saying the report is “not only categorically without merit, but it is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious.”