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Chevy Chase Checks Into Rehab For A 'Tune Up'

| by David Bonner
Chevy Chase during his heydayChevy Chase during his heyday

Actor Chevy Chase, 72, is back in rehab.

He checked himself into Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota, according to TMZ.

A spokesperson for the actor said he has an “alcohol-related problem” and described the rehab visit as a “tune-up.” He is doing it, she said, because he “wants to be the best that he can be.”

It has been 30 years since Chase was a patient at the Betty Ford Clinic, a place that the late songwriter Warren Zevon referred to as “Detox Mansion.”

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On that occasion, it was prescription painkillers which brought Chase to rehab. He allegedly became addicted to painkillers due to back injuries sustained as a result of all the pratfalls which made him famous on Saturday Night Live during his one season on the show.

But he also admitted that he checked into the so-called Detox Mansion because his “nose started to hurt” -- an obvious reference to cocaine abuse, reports Esquire, according to the Daily Mail.

John Belushi, a colleague of Chase’s on Saturday Night Live, never checked into rehab; he died of an overdose of cocaine and heroin in 1982. Unlike Belushi, Chase told Esquire that he "never shot things up or freebased."

Chase was the first member of the Saturday Night Live cast to have a successful movie career, most notably with the series of National Lampoon's "Vacation" movies.

Before becoming famous, he was in a band with Donald Fagan and Walter Becker, who went on to form the best-selling group, Steely Dan, according to Rapid City Journal. The band took its name from a sex toy in a novel called "The Soft Machine" by William S. Burroughs.

Sources: Daily Mail, Rapid City Journal / Photo credit: Quixote.com

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