David Hasselhoff hospitalized under psych hold while ex wife gets DUI


On Friday, David Hasselhoff was hospitalized for seizures. While the Hoff’s people want us to believe that was the only reason, according to Radar, David was hospitalized yet again as a result of his alcoholism, after going on a several-day bender. Many news outlets are reporting that the Hoff was actually held under California’s involuntary psych hold. He was released today, but this is just the beginning – or continuation – of his problems.

David Hasselhoff has denied reports he was placed under involuntary psychiatric hold after he was hospitalised over the weekend. The Baywatch star spent two days at a Los Angeles hospital after reportedly suffering ‘a seizure’ at his Encino, California home on Friday morning. His lawyer Mel Goldsman said: ‘David is home now and he’s fine. I’m not sure where that information is coming from.’

The 57-year-old actor’s daughter Hayley called emergency services after he fell ill at the home. While his representative declined to give a reason behind Hasselhoff’s hospitalisation, he did deny the actor had been placed under psychiatric hold. RadarOnline.com alleged Hasselhoff had been held in hospital under the California Welfare and Institutions Code 5150, which allows authorities to take into custody those they believe may be a danger to themselves or others, are gravely disabled or suffer from a mental disorder.

A neighbour, named only as Christian, is quoted as claiming on the US website: ‘I asked one of the paramedics how David was doing and he told me his eyes were rolling back into his head, he was drooling and that he’d had a seizure. ‘This isn’t the first time this has happened to him.

The 57-year-old has a long history of alcoholism. He had allegedly been drinking in the last week and saw one of his personal doctors on Wednesday after returning from a trip to Canada. Last month, Hasselhoff was admitted to rehab amid reports he accidentally hit a doctor during an alcohol binge. He has also been hospitalised on two other occasions this year, reportedly suffering from alcohol poisoning.

[From the Daily Mail]

Radar followed the story all weekend and reported on Friday that Hasselhoff had been on a several day bender, both before and after he saw his doctor. They also claim that family members want him to enter a locked-down rehab facility, since his problem is obviously very extreme.

As if that weren’t enough for his teenage daughters, their mother, Hasselhoff’s ex-wife Pamela Bach, was arrested for DUI over the weekend! She claims she was consoling her daughters over dinner, and throughout the course of the evening had several glasses of wine.

According to TMZ, Bach was pulled over after she spent an emotional night trying to console her daughters, who were apparently shaken up by Hasselhoff’s hospitalization. During their dinner, TMZ claims she had “a few drinks,” and was later pulled over and registered blood-alcohol levels of .14 and .13 on subsequent tests. The legal limit for driving in California is .08.

This is Bach’s second DUI arrest, and should she be charged, she faces mandatory jail time under California law. She pled no contest to a prior DUI in March of 2009.

Bach released a statement saying that she is “remorseful and mortified,” about the incident, and that she and the family are “going through a really difficult time between David being in the hospital and dealing with the divorce.”

[From Popeater]

Their poor daughters. Whenever I’ve seen Hayley, 17, and Taylor, 19, interviewed, they seem genuinely nice and sweet, and they appear to have a close relationship with their dad. I’ve never seen them with their mom, so I can’t comment on that. Pamela told TMZ she was on her way to an AA meeting last night, though I doubt that makes everything better. Talk about just piling crap on top of more crap. I really hope the Hoff gets help, but his alcoholism is soooo extreme that it’s hard to really think he will. But he’s the kind of guy you genuinely root for. He doesn’t seem like he’s got a bad bone in him, but is definitely at the mercy of his addiction.

Here’s David Hasselhoff at the 2009 MTV European Music Awards in Berlin on November 11th. Pamela is shown at the Chochi Fiamengo Designer Fashion Show in Hollywood on November 21st. Images thanks to WENN.com .

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  1. maddie says:

    F feel for the daughters of this very dysfunctional drug addled family.

    His daughter has to keep dialing 911 to come and pump out what ever drugs her father decided to drink or inhaled and now they have to worry about their mother going out and driving while drunk.

  2. Kim says:

    Alcohol makes a mess of us all. Poor Hoff 🙁

  3. Firestarter says:

    I feel for their girls having to deal with all of this.

    I have a twinge of sympathy for the Hoff, but none for his hypocritcal bitch of a wife. All the crap she has said and done to him over his drinking and this is her SECOND DUI in a year!

    Before trying to assassinate the character of your husband who quite obviously has a serious drinking problem (probably magnified by her nasty tricks), you better make sure that you lead a squeaky clean lifestyle. I love how she says that she had drinks because she was so worried about her kids and Hoff. Riiiiight! If you are so bloody worried, stay at home with your girls and don’t seek comfort in the very thing that you have condemned your husband for time and again!

  4. Karin says:

    It is incredibly sad to see what happened to him over the years. What a hero he was in Knight Rider days! His singing and the whole Baywatch thing kind of put him in the seriously naff area (not to mention running around claiming to be part of the reason for the fall of the wall in Berlin), but it does not diminish him. Hopefully he and his family get the help they need so much. Realising and not hiding the problems would be a good start. All the best to them!

  5. Linda says:

    Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad. What a train wreck!

  6. Maria says:

    i feel badly for his kids

  7. diva says:

    I feel sorry for David he is caught in the grips of severe alcoholism at its final stages. Some people never recover from alcoholism and die from it, it is a very serious disease and it effects all people rich and poor.

  8. LolaBella says:

    I wish the Hoff would understand what a serious disease alcoholism is and get some help.

    I feel for his kids in all of this.

    When that tape was released of him eating the hamburger off the floor, people made such a big joke of it, but it just underscored how completely ill this man is.

    Hopefully he gets the help he needs (and it sticks).

    BTW, his wife is a fucking hypocrite. She’s been bashing him all these years and now that she gets ANOTHER DUI, she tries to blame him as the reason for her having a few drinks.

    I will probably happen that she’ll be in jail and the Hoff in rehab at the same time leaving those girls parentless.

    Sad, just sad.

  9. Eileen Yover says:

    The scary part is that he might be to the point that quitting could kill him. That’s a sad situation and I hope he can get through it!

  10. lucy2 says:

    I feel bad for the kids too, especially with it all being so public.
    I wish he’d get it together, but it does sound like he is a serious alcoholic and really needs professional help.

  11. Firestarter says:

    Lucy2- He isn’t the only one who needs to get it together, I would say Pamela is well on her way to becoming an alcoholic if she isn’t already.

    2 DUI’s in under a year does not say much about her!

  12. bros says:

    i love that all his foundation has wiped off on his shirt. why is he wearing so damn much?

  13. Tess says:

    Very Sad.

    He played Dr. Snapper Foster about 100 yrs ago on CBS soap The Young and the Restless, my daytime addiction while my babies were babies.

  14. Ophelia says:

    Wow. On a completely separate note, what is up with his jacket on the header pic? Are those…sequins?

  15. LolaBella says:

    @Ophelia: Yes those are sequins on his jacket. In fact, the ENTIRE jacket is covered in sequins! *Shudders*

    I’d like to believe that he was under the influence when he made this particular wardrobe choice, but since we know he sometimes has a flair for the dramatic, he was probably completely sober when he said to his stylist, ‘I want a black jacket and it must be covered in SEQUINS’!

  16. GatsbyGal says:

    Oooo Firestarter, hit the nail right on the head! Just what I was wanting to say.

  17. crash2GO2 says:

    This severity of alcoholism is rarely seen. Most alcoholics stop WELL short of poisoning themselves and instead die a slow death due to liver damage. I am afraid for him and afraid for his girls. 🙁

  18. Kelley says:

    Jesus! On her way to an AA meeting? Drunk?? Nice chin implant, Pamela. Yuck.

  19. Lita says:

    Eww Kelley you’re right – I just opened one of the thumbnail pics to see what you were talking about. That chin is just .. disturbing.

    On the plus side, the sheer monkiness of the rest of her face helps play it down! I know symmetry is meant to make a face beautiful and pleasing to the eye but .. this is scary .. arg, i’m swiveling around in my desk chair and it’s like the pointing finger keeps following you.

  20. lway says:

    The psyc-HOFF should really just do us all a favour. Nothing worse than dealing with a drunk who’s in denial about his condition.

    As for momma bear – seems like this runs in the family….

  21. SolitaryAngel says:

    I have had several family members drink themselves to death, and these are the final symptoms. He may die of his next seizure or have an upper GI bleed-out and I agree with whoever said that, at this point, stopping drinking probably will kill him by delirium tremens (DTs). I’m so sad for David–he’s just so likeable and harmless to everyone but himself. Also I feel those girls better get ready to be on their own very very soon; mom in jail and dad dead. RIP Hoff. 🙁