Friday, January 30, 2009

'Roid-Rage Wrestler's Doctor Pleads Guilty to Overprescribing Drugs

The Chicago Tribune reports that the personal doctor to the late Chris Benoit, the professional wrestler who killed himself, his wife and their 7-year-old son in 2007 in an apparent steroid-induced rage, pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally distributing prescription drugs to patients, one of whom died. Dr. Phil Astin, 54, pleaded guilty to a 175-count federal indictment charging him with illegally distributing and conspiring to distribute prescription drugs. He also admitted that prescriptions he wrote resulted in the overdose death of a female patient in 2007. His attorneys did not specifically name any patient or link the doctor to Stamford-based World Wrestling Entertainment's Chris Benoit.

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