The beloved, Cornelius Crane or otherwise known as Chevy Chase has reportedly checked into Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to deal with an alcohol-related issue. However, this is not the ‘National Lampoon’s’ star first time in treatment – in 1986, he checked into the Betty Ford drug rehabilitation center for an addiction to painkillers. At the time, his then-publicist told The New York Times, that Chase developed a “dependency on prescription drugs relating to chronic and long-term back problems”.
We would like to thank Chevy Chase for being honest and open about his struggles with chemical dependency and we wish him all the best. He will be in our thoughts and prayers and will serve as a constant reminder that addiction does not discriminate – no one is immune to addiction. It afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions.
Chase, an American actor, comedian, writer and producer is best known for his appearances in the five National Lampoon’s Vacation films, and for his roles in comedies including Foul Play, Caddyshack, Seems Like Old Times, Fletch, and Spies Like Us. He has hosted the Academy Awards twice and briefly had his own late-night talk show, The Chevy Chase Show. In addition, he immediately became a key cast member in the debut season of Saturday Night Live, where his recurring Weekend Update segment soon became a staple of the show.