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Child Star Curse Strikes Again? Eddie Munster in Rehab

Eddie Munster's real-life alter ego is exorcising some demons.
/ Source: E!online

Eddie Munster's real-life alter ego is exorcising some demons.

Butch Patrick, the former kid star who played Herman Munster's werewolf son with the widow's peak on The Munsters, has checked himself into a New Jersey rehab facility following a breakup with the ex-NFL cheerleader who called herself his biggest fan.

But his rep says Patrick's problems date back to his post-fame youth.

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His agent, Jodi Ritzen, tells E! News that the 57-year-old Patrick was seeking treatment for an addiction to alcohol and drugs, noting "he has had substance abuse issues for probably as long as he can remember."

"He has suffered with alcohol and drug addiction according to his family probably since he was 17...and he had just broken up with the woman he moved here for," says Ritzen.

The rep added the actor, who now resides in a Philadelphia-area suburb, didn't want to go the Dr. Drew route and appear on Celebrity Rehab for dependency issues that started when he began doing coke and psychedelics in his teens, but that he is taking this "very very seriously."

"He's never been in rehab before so at 57 to make that decision was really hard but I'm extremely proud of him," says Ritzen.

News that Patrick entered rehab comes on the heels of a split with fiance Donna McCall, an ex-Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader and self-described biggest Munsters fan. The two met after she struck up a correspondence with him when he was on the show but didn't reconnect until years later, via the Internet.

The two announced back in July that they were going to wed, but McCall had a change of heart and, per Ritzen, broke up with Patrick last week--right after Halloween.

Let's hope rehab is just the silver bullet for what ails him.

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