Friday 15 December 2017

Rescued Chilean miner heads to rehab for alcohol addiction

Rescued miner Edison Pena. Photo: AP
Rescued miner Edison Pena. Photo: AP

EDISON Pena, one of the 33 rescued Chilean miners who gained worldwide attention for their 69-day ordeal trapped underground, is being treated for alcohol addiction.

Mr Pena, who became infamous after the rescue for his Elvis Presley imitations, is "in good hands," his wife Angelica Alvarez told the daily El Mercurio.

She said that her husband, who also appeared on US comedian David Letterman's late night national television talk show, was suffering from "fame disorder."

Mr Pena, 35, was the twelfth miner to emerge in the now-famous rescue from the copper and gold mine in northern Chile after 69 days, in dramatic scenes watched by millions around the world on live television last year.

He was hospitalized last year for a panic attack following the media frenzy around the miner rescue.

He also went on a US tour that included a visit to Presley's Graceland mansion, a TV appearance and ran in the New York City marathon

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