Sunday, September 2, 2007
Wilson reportedly slit wrists, didn’t overdose
Attorney for the actor says Wilson had been taking antidepressants
Updated: 12:10 p.m. ET Aug 31, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Police were called to Owen Wilson’s house after the actor slit his wrists. However, contrary to other reports, there was no drug overdose, an attorney for Wilson told “Access Hollywood.”
The attorney also told “Access” that the actor did not have his stomach pumped. The attorney said Wilson had been taking antidepressants, but was not aware of any other drugs in his system at the time of the incident.
While rumors quickly swirled over what sent the actor to the hospital, police call logs confirmed on Tuesday it was an “attempted suicide.” However, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office has announced it will not be releasing the 911 call made regarding Wilson.
“In reaching this decision the City believes that in many instances no person should have to worry about whether placing a call for emergency assistance will automatically make his or her medical request open to public review,” the City Attorney’s office said in a press release late Wednesday. “In balancing the competing interests, the City agencies outweigh the public interest served by disclosure of the emergency 911 call. In situation such as this, the City concludes that the public is best served if medical attention is promptly sought instead of being delayed because of a concern, real or imagined, of public attention, regardless of whether that publicity is sympathetic or not.”
When she heard about her longtime friend Owen Wilson's suicide attempt, producer Polly Platt said, "It's impossible. He's far too full of life and is at the prime of his career," PEOPLE reports in its new issue, on newsstands Friday. But another pal confirmed the worst about the crisis that landed Wilson, 38, at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: "Owen was very despondent. He slit his wrists. He almost did not make it." For now, Wilson's immediate well-being is the primary concern of friends such as Woody Harrelson, Wes Anderson, Samuel L. Jackson and Brad Garrett, who visited Wilson at the hospital, as well as the actor's close-knit family.
Brothers Luke, 35, who initially found Owen after the suicide attempt, and Andrew, 43, were by his side in the hours and days after the incident; his parents, Robert, 66, and Laura, 67, fought past anguish and exhaustion as they kept a revolving vigil. What drove Wilson to an act of self-destruction that one friend calls "the most out-of-character thing"?
Even Wilson's closest friends admit that he has a dark side and his share of demons, which have included drug addiction. One friend notes that his drug use in the past has ventured into "the hard stuff," and he landed in rehab twice in the 1990s. Still, when asked what brought him to the point of suicide, a good friend says, "It would be irresponsible to say it was any single thing. People are complicated. Owen is no different." One source tells PEOPLE that Wilson's pals became concerned over the summer when he "pulled away....He went MIA for awhile." But now Wilson's loved ones are standing with him. "He has a very tight-knit circle of friends," says one. "And we're all rooting for him." For more on this story, including Wilson's stints in rehab, his sense of being an outsider when he was young and his battles with his dark side, pick up this week's PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.