Steve-O in the "looney bin" following alleged suicide attempt
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/14/2008
Years of what were apparently drug-fueled pranks have landed Stephen "Steve-O" Glover in the self-described "looney bin."
The 33-year-old former Jackass, Wildboyz and Dr. Steve-O star was admitted Sunday to Thalians Mental Health Center on a "5150 hold" for observation following an alleged suicide attempt , OK! Weeklyreported Friday. He has since been moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for further evaluation.
"After four days in a psychiatric ward (a.k.a. 'looney bin,' a.k.a. 'cuckoo's nest') it has dawned on me that a great deal of what I produced, while on narcotics-induced 'highs,' was a bunch of manic bull**** that made little-to-no sense and, furthermore, was devastating to those who love me the most," Steve-O wrote in a ward-written message obtained by OK!.
"At this point, I am no longer '5150-status' (which was the three-day 'hold' on me, resulting from suicidal behavior). I am now '5250-status' (which means that the 'hold' has been extended to 14 days, for the exact same reasons). I'm not getting out of this 'insane asylum' any time in the immediate future, so, I'm going to learn as much from the experience as possible."
Steve-O's former "51510 status" was the same medical hold Britney Spears was placed on for being a danger to herself and others earlier this year.
"So far, I've figured out that I did a great deal of damage to my brain by abusing drugs and, now that they've all worn off, I'm facing the consequences," Steve-O wrote in his letter. "I suppose it is an ironic 'eye for an eye' situation that I am in, coping with the lowest 'lows' that I've ever experienced-as a form of punishment for the emotional distress that I have put my loved ones through with the self-destructive behavior that led me here."
It was those "loved ones" Steve-O references in the email that apparently brought him in the "looney bin" to begin with.
"Before the day when Johnny Knoxville, Jeff Tremaine, Big Regg, Swizz, Rick Kosick, Dimitry Elyaschevich, Cordell Mansfield, and Trip Taylor came to my home and, physically, forced me into the hospital (where I was placed on a 5150 'hold'), I had thought of 'bipolar' as a 'good' thing," wrote Steve-O.
"I rationally deduced that, with our time in this life being so limited, it was productive to stick to nothing but extremely high 'highs,' and extremely low 'lows.' ANYTHING but to 'crash on the rocks of mediocrity.' I figured that, since I am an extraordinarily 'tough' individual, I could handle it, and my legacy would be comprised of only that which could be described as 'intense.'"
Steve-O concludes what was apparently a handwritten message by stating that he planned to give "these pages" to his "beautiful assistant" Jen Moore during her next visitation and instruct her to "share them with as many people as possible on the Internet," rather than "try to sell a 'juicy' story to the tabloid press for profit."
"I hope that I haven't disappointed too many of my fans. Actually, ya know what? Anyone that is disappointed by any of these words really doesn't matter to me. I've harmed myself to no end for those people (at the expense of my loved ones), and look where it got me," Steve writes in the message.
Earlier this month, Steve-O was placed under citizen's arrest at his Hollywood apartment complex on suspicion of vandalism and drug possession after he was filmed putting holes in the wall of a neighbor's apartment. He was charged Thursday with felony cocaine possession stemming from the incident.