'I hope he has the right people looking after him': Macaulay Culkin's father pleads with the star to get help… as he admits he fears his son is 'heavily into drugs'
14:01 GMT, 13 August 2012
When pictures first emerged of Macaulay Culkin looking skeletal and dishevelled earlier this year, the world was shocked to see just how badly the former child star's life had seemingly unravelled.
Then earlier this month, the 31-year-old's tragic tale took a dramatic turn when it was claimed by the National Enquirer that he was 'close to death', thanks to addictions to prescription drugs and heroin.
Although the reports have been denied by
the star's PR, Michelle Bega, his estranged father, Kit Culkin, has now
pleaded with his son to seek help before it's too late.
Concerns: Pictured here in New York on Friday, Culkin's father has pleaded with the star to seek help for his alleged drug addictions
The 67-year-old pensioner – who hasn't spoken to Culkin in 15 years following a row over his 11million fortune – told The Sun: 'I hope that he has the right people looking after him.'
Too distraught to talk any more, Kit's wife, Jeanette, 68, explained the pair fear the former Home Alone actor is 'dying of some disease or heavily into drugs' after seeing disturbing photographs of the star.
In the most recent snaps, a pale and
dishevelled Culkin was walking along a Hollywood street clutching his
stomach and appearing to retch against an ivy-clad wall, adding fuel to
the rumours that all is not well.
Troubled Macaulay Culkin looked pale and nauseous as he was pictured outside Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles clutching his stomach earlier this month
Jeanette said: 'Oh, gosh. Kit has seen the photo. But he can’t talk about it. He just can’t, because it hurts him too much. Of course he’s worried, he’s incredibly concerned.
'When I saw the photos I thought, “Oh no, this is not good. Either he’s dying of some disease or he’s heavily into drugs”.'
Despite the tragic claims, Jeanette – who has been married to Kit for 17 years – explained her husband is still 'very proud' of his son, and is just hoping there will be a 'happy ending'.
Worrying: This picture, taken in New York back in February, first sparked concerns about Macaulay's health
In happier times: Macaulay and his father Kit back in 1990
She added to The Sun: 'The only place he sees Mack is on TV. But he watches the movies and he’s very quiet.
'I try not to bother him. But the funny thing is, I know he’s still very proud of Mack and his kids. We just hope there is a happy ending to all this.'
Although it has been claimed Macaulay turned to drugs in the wake of his split from girlfriend of eight years, Mila Kunis, Jeanette thinks his downfall was down to a family tragedy.
She believes the star – who lives life as a virtual recluse in New York – unravelled when his sister Dakota died in a car crash back in 2008.
Culkin became famous at nine, a millionaire at 12, and quit acting at the age of 15, shortly before becoming estranged from both his parents.
After living a relatively simple life
since bowing out of the showbiz world, it was recently claimed the star
was struggling with a 3,800 a month drug habit, with supposed insiders
saying he regularly shoots up heroin and the painkiller oxycodone – a
semi-synthetic opiate sometimes used by cancer patients.
One allegedly told the National
Enquirer: ‘Macaulay Culkin is surely dying. He’s addicted to heroin,
Oxycodone and the painkillers 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.
But responding to the allegations,
Culkin's publicist Michelle Bega told MailOnline: 'The report in the
National Enquirer that Macaulay Culkin is addicted to heroin and
assorted hallucinogenics is not only categorically without merit, but it
is also impossibly and ridiculously fictitious.'
Driven to despair It has been claimed the star's split from actress Mila Kunis in 2010 was the reason behind his downfall