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DOUGLAS' DRUGGIE BROTHER DIES AT 46

Jul 7 2004

From Anthony Harwood In New York

 

THE drug addict brother of actor Michael Douglas was yesterday found dead at his New York home.

Eric Douglas, 46, was discovered by his housekeeper sprawled across the living room floor of his apartment.

His body is believed to have been there for several days. Last night police said there was no evidence of drugs or foul play being involved in his death.

The actor-turned-comedian spent most of his tragic life battling the twin demons of drugs and drink.

Eric, who bore a striking resemblance to his legendary father Kirk and older half brother Michael, was always the black sheep of the family.

Douglas had regular run-ins with the law including a 30-day jail sentence for belting an airline flight attendant.

His behaviour led to his sister-in-law Catherine Zeta Jones banning him from her wedding.

Eric was the second son of Kirk's second marriage to publicity agent Anne Buydens.

He appeared in just a handful of films including Delta Force 3, The Killing Game and Student Confidential.

In an interview last year Eric blamed his troubles on his upbringing saying he was an unwanted baby who was abused.

He claimed that at 12 years old he was shipped off by his father to a mental home.

Eric said: "I wasn't sick. My father was busy doing movies. He just didn't have time to deal with me."

 
 

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