Dead Celebrities: For Each of These, the Train Has left the Station . . .


Let’s all be grateful the Drug Cartels are looking out for us

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but celebrities with more money than brain-power have been dropping like flies over the years. CPR – which, as we explain in our book “The Paramedic Heretic” pretty much doesn’t work on anybody – didn’t work on them, either. For your edification, here are but a few entertainment movers & shakers who allowed “healthcare” to lure them into early gravesites:


His real name was Prince Rogers Nelson, and we were on a first-name basis

  • Prince, 57, musician
  • Corey Haim, 38, actor
  • Brittany Murphy, 32, actress
  • Lesley Carter, 25, actress
Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher’s unexpected drug-death killed her mother, Debbie Reynolds too, the very next day. Reynolds died of a bleed in her brain and a break of her heart

  • Carrie Fisher, 60, Star Wars Princess Leia
  • Gidget Gein, 39, musician
  • Peaches Geldof, 25, fashion model
  • Lisa Robin Kelly, 43, actress
  • Bobby Hatfield, 63, Righteous Brothers vocalist
18th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Bobby Hatfield & Bill Medley. The Righteous Brothers vocals were called “Blue-eyed Soul” for good reason

  • Heath Ledger, 28, actor
  • John Pinette, 50, actor
  • Anna Nicole Smith, 39, former Playmate of the Year
  • Michael Jackson, 50, singer
  • Amy Winehouse, 27, musician
  • Steve Bechler, 23, Baltimore Orioles pitcher
  • Vic Chesnutt, 45, musician
  • Greg Geraldo, 44, comedian
  • James “Ultimate Warrior” Hellwig, 54, professional wrestler
  • Corey Monteith, 31, actor
  • Amy Tryon, 42, Olympic equestrian team
  • Brian Adams, 38, singer/songwriter
  • Bridgette Andersen, 22, actress
Whitney Houston & Daughter Christina

Whitney Houston and Bobby Christina. Like mom, like daughter – drugs + bathtubs = naked dead women 

  • Matthew Ansara, 35, actor, bodybuilder
  • Erica Blasberg, 28, professional golfer
  • John Belushi, 36, comedian
  • Len Bias, 23, basketball player
  • Elisa Bridges, 28, Playboy Playmate



With talent to burn


  • Ken Caminiti, 42, baseball player
  • Andy Irons, 32, professional surfer
  • Christopher Bowman, 40, figure skater
  • Lisa Robin Kelly, 43, actress
  • Brian Epstein, 34, entertainment manager
  • Chris Farley, 33, comedian
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They called Thomas Kincade “The Painter of Light”

  • Thomas Kincade, 54, artist
  • Adrienne Nicole Martin, 27, model
  • Paul DeMayo, 37, bodybuilder
  • Eric Douglas, 36, actor, comedian
Danny Gans

Very funny and extremely talented on stage

  • Danny Gans, 52, Las Vegas entertainer
  • Margaux Hemingway, 42, model
  • Chris Kelly, 34, musician
  • Derek Boogaard, 28, professional ice hockey player
Billy Mays

They said the man could sell sand in the desert and ice cubes in Alaska


  • Billy Mays, 51, TV salesperson
  • Michael Carl Baze, 24, horse jockey
  • River Phoenix, 23, actor
  • Dana Plato, 34, actress
  • Freddie Prinze, 22, actor, comedian
  • Rachel Roberts, 36, actress
  • Whitney Houston, 48, singer
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman, 46, actor
Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Phillip Seymour Hoffman: One phenomenal actor

  • Mitch Hedberg, 37, comedian
  • Anissa Jones, 18, child actress
Elvis Presley

He could out-sing and out-rock everything, but the 20 pills a day and his drug-dealing MD

  • Elvis Presley, 42, The “King” of Rock & Roll


The only question worth asking at this point? Who’ll be the drug cartels’ next famous victims? Stay tuned, because just like the Doritos commercial says, “they’ll make more!”


MD’s Ruan and Couch: Doctor Drug-Pushing Duo Head Off to Prison

For their despicable wealth-building roles in an outrageous and lethal drug-dealing operation, two Alabama physicians have now been sent off to prison for at least the next 2 decades.

Dr Ruan & Ferrari

Dr Xiulu Ruan: a drug-dealer and one of his perks

Doctor John Patrick Couch received a 20-year federal prison term on May 25, and was ordered to repay the $15,000,000 to the insurance companies he robbed.

His buddy-in-crime, Doctor Xiulu Ruan, was sentenced to 21 years the next day, and he too will repay the millions he stole.

The doctor do-bad duo were found by investigators to have defrauded numerous insurance companies in a scheme they manipulated out of their pain management clinic in the city of Mobile. As an example, they wrote out more than 65,000 narcotic prescriptions in the year 2014 alone – more than 100 every day the clinic was open.


Dr John P Couch and Dr Xiulu Ruan: Just your friendly drug dealers down the street

The daft doctors’ downfall actually began in 2015, when U.S. DEA agents raided the clinic called Physicians Pain Specialists of Alabama.

At trial prosecutors were able to prove the pill-pushing physicians were raking in thousands of dollar each day by using their clinic – as well as the C&R Pharmacy they owned – to prescribe thousands of doses of narcotics to patients with no need, and then fraudulently bill insurance payers.

The DEA and prosecutors discovered that Couch and Ruan had raked in millions by overprescribing potent narcotic pain medications; had ignored signs that clinic nurses were stealing drugs and working while impaired; had systematically handled patients in a way designed to maximize payouts from insurance companies; and had collected speaking fees and other payments that essentially were kickbacks. The array of charges included money laundering, mail and wire fraud and even a violation of the RICO organized crime statute.

The trial, which lasted nearly 2 months, involved more than 75 witnesses testifying.

Following their convictions, both doctors were ordered to forfeit their homes, vacation condos, and bank accounts. They lost the 23 exotic cars they had accumulated, including multiple Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys. All will be sold at U.S. government asset auctions.

Each MD was also fined $5,000,000.

Here’s the case:


For Some MDs, Drug-pushing is a Really Cool Way to Collect Hot Cars

“One doctor also received tens of thousands of dollars from the drug manufacturer, Insys, for speaking engagements where he promoted its product, Subsys.” (The Prosecution)

Want to buy a sexy car? We know where you can get a pretty good deal on one or two. A Shelby? Maybe a Rolls Royce or a Lamborghini. These are just a few of the many exotic vehicles seized by a Drug Enforcement team 2 years ago, back when they and the FBI raided the pain clinics and secret storage garage, operated by a pair of drug-dealing doctors in Mobile Alabama.

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A federal investigation had shut down their two drug houses – sham medical clinics the neighborhood knew as Physicians’ Pain Specialists of Alabama. That was in May 2015, after investigators discovered the doctors were in the business of illegally marketing appalling volumes of potent narcotics, for fun and profit. At least 4 of their so-called “patients” were found dead, at different times, overdosed.

For more than a year detectives looked into what the physicians were really doing behind closed doors. They learned that Doctor John P Couch and Doctor Xiulu Ruan wrote, for example, just under 67,000 prescriptions in 2014 alone, deliberately “over-prescribing controlled substances to amass wealth.” Their frantic scribblings amounted to scrawling out a prescription once every 4 minutes, of every work day of the year. Were these people “patients?” Of course not. They were asked no medical history nor underwent any medical assessments. Few had anything that even smacked of a legitimate medical record. They were customers. Often addicts. Often street dealers themselves.

One former clinic employee testified at trial that the 2 doctors would routinely play a friendly game, to see who could churn out the most prescriptions by the end of the day. And all the while, they raked in millions in cash. What could be more fun?

And so it comes to pass that Doctor Xiulu Ruan and his partner-in-crime, Doctor John P Couch, were convicted on a whole litany of felonies on February 23 of this year. Couch and Ruan were found guilty on 19 counts in Mobile Federal Court, following a 4-week trial, over “excessive and dangerous” prescriptions. They were convicted on charges of Controlled Substance Distribution, Conspiracy, Healthcare Fraud, Money Laundering.

Dr Ruan & Ferrari

Dr Xiulu Ruan: Come to America. Become a drug dealer. Buy hot cars to impress the naïve ladies. How cool is that?

And the fancy, very expensive cars? Well, they are the spoils of crimes; assets worth millions, seized by investigators. The cars were tagged and towed away because they were bought with money as a result of a long string of criminal acts. Now to be sold at police impound auctions.

Ruan’s collection of exotic cars has been a key aspect in the public interest in the case. So just for fun, we thought you might like to see what a drug-dealing doctor’s “hot car” collection might look like:

  • Aston Martin DB9 Volante
  • Audi R8 Spyder
  • Bentley Armage
  • Bentley Continental GT
  • BMW M6
  • Ferrari F430 Convertible
  • Ferrari 599 GTB
  • Lamborghini Diablo
  • Mercedes SLR
  • 2 Mercedes SLS AMG’s
  • Shelby Series 1
  • Spyker C8 Laviolette
  • Saleen S7
  • Porsche 9TC

The daffy doc duo are due to be sentenced sometime this Spring. They each face 200-year prison terms. Society will be lucky if they serve even 10% of that.

Incidentally, Xiulu Ruan is an immigrant from China. And as we have noted dutifully for more than 10 years, immigrant physicians are the root cause an appalling amount of crime. Will Ruan be deported? Don’t be silly.

The U.S. does not deport drug-dealing doctor felons. We relicense them.

Here’s more on the case:

Former NFL Physician Found ‘Guilty’ as a Prescription Drug-runner

In the city of Pittsburgh a doctor who served as the Steelers’ team physician for nearly 20 years was convicted yesterday morning in an illegal drug distribution scheme, in U.S. District Court.

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Doctor Richard Rydze, age 67, was found Guilty of all 180 charges against him, all centered around a long-running conspiracy to sell and distribute narcotics, steroids and human growth hormone.

The doctor’s case was one of the longest criminal cases in the history of the Federal Court – the investigations started 12 years ago in 2005. The trial started last January before Judge Joy F Conti.

The prosecution’s position was that the doctor’s criminal actions were a “daily enterprise” driven by the desire to amass wealth.

While a physician, Rydze used his prescribing pad in place of his ATM card, doling out steroids to enrich himself and flooding the community with dangerous painkillers. He violated the law, his professional oath and the trust of his patients.” (David Sierleja, U.S. Attorney in Cleveland)

Rydze owned and operated a highly questionable business in Pittsburgh called Optimal Health Center. Investigators learned he conspired with a man named James Hatzimbes, who owned HSE Salon and Wellness Center, and another individual, William Sadowski, who owned a pharmacy called ANEWrx. Hatzimbes, age 42, confessed his guilt in January. William Sadowski, age 47, confessed also and has served 2 years in prison.

This doctor was discovered to have called in thousands  of illegal Vicodin prescriptions to numerous pharmacies, by using another doctor’s DEA number – Doctor Anthony Yates – without Doctor Yates’ knowledge.



Let us guess: You didn’t know that, did you? Well, that’s why we’re here. The name of this game is “transparency”


At trial, Rydze’s brother Robert testified against him. Robert Rydze said his brother  asked him in 2012 to lie, and say he was the one receiving thousands of Vicodin pills. If asked by law enforcement, he  was to say he had been getting the pills for an imaginary foot infection.

Rydze had been routinely writing prescriptions in the name of “Robert Rydze” – the names of both his brother and his father, even after his father died in 2010. But when he learned the FBI was investigating, he begged his brother to lie for him.

The lying was the basis of the Obstruction of Justice charge – one of the 180 felony charges of which he was convicted.

Rydze was once an Olympian hero, a diver. He had also been the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers’ team doctor for 20 years. Investigators discovered he had been dealing narcotics since 2005, and steroids since 2007. Between 2007-2011, Rydze amassed more than $300,000 illegally.

Las Vegas ‘Pain Doctor’ May be the Oldest Drug-Dealer on the Planet


Doctor Henri Wetselaar

So what do you do when you reach your 10th decade? Why, become a drug pusher. Sure beats bingo with the old folks. (photo by Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A 93-year-old Nevada physician has been found guilty of serious drug-dealing charges that could get him a prison term that would keep him behind bars until he is 123. 

Not very damn likely he’ll get any time at all.

Doctor Henri Wetselaar was convicted in Federal Court in Las Vegas on March 23 on all 11 Narcotic felonies, as well as Money Laundering charges, in case that began when he was arrested in 2011, along with his medical assistant and a Las Vegas pharmacist.

The medical assistant who worked in Wetselaar’s clinic, David Litwin,  was convicted on 8 felony drug charges in the narcotic conspiracy scheme. The case of the pharmacist, Jason Smith,  ended in a hung jury, and he will face a new trial next month.


Screwy ‘healthcare’ – and screwball practitioners – probably kill more people than disease. But let’s all keep pretending it isn’t happening

Wetselaar, a pain specialist, immigrated from Holland  and actually served in the military during World War II. During the trial federal prosecutors were able to prove that he  had made nearly 3 dozen cash deposits totaling $260,000 in less than a year, money raked in from drug sales, especially hydrocodone, Xanax and Soma. Investigators discovered the daffy doc would charge drug dealers and addicts up to $400 for each prescription.

Wetselaar sits behind bars in Las Vegas until his sentencing in June. He could get 30 years in prison. 

Doctor Pill-Pushers in Ohio: Drug-Dealing Was a Family Affair

Dr Margaret Temponeras

In Scioto County Ohio a lady physician and her elderly MD-dad have changed their “not guilty” pleas to “guilty” to Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics.

Doctor Margaret Temponeras, age 52 and a resident of Portsmouth, confessed this week in Cincinnati U.S. District Court. Her father, Doctor John Temponeras, age 82, had already pleaded guilty on March 15 to the same charge – Conspiracy to Distribute oxycodone.

According to U.S. Department of Justice investigators, “Margy” Temponeras operated a front for drug-dealing called Unique Pain Management Clinic with her father, for years. They found that from June 2005 until May 2011, the doctor daddy-daughter duo routinely saw two dozen “patients” each day, and charged them $200 or more for prescriptions for thousands of narcotic pills.

Many of these so-called patients received monthly prescriptions for combinations of oxycodone and Xanax. At some point the Temponeras realized that many pharmacies in the Scioto County area had become suspicious, recognizing that hundreds of those coming through their doors were drug abusers and street dealers, and they stopped filling the Temponera’s prescriptions. So Margaret Temponeras  opened her own drug store called Unique Relief, Incorporated next door to the clinic itself. Problem solved.

Both of the Temponera physicians were originally trained as OB-Gyn specialists earlier in their careers. At some point they realized that could make more money by prostituting their medical licenses.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman’s office reports the doctor-drugster scamsters face 20-year federal prison terms when they are sentenced later this Summer. Don’t count on it.

Here’s another look at this most recent medical embarrassment:


Doctor Drug-Pushers: One Year Ago, a Medical Embarrassment Exposed

“I cannot imagine what you have gone through,” the doctor told the families at her sentencing in a low voice. “I have been, and will forever be, praying for all of you.” (Dr Lisa Tseng)


Dr “Lisa” Tseng referred to her patients as “druggies”

It was one year ago when a Los Angeles-area physician was sentenced to 30 years in prison. She had been convicted of Murder of 3 – out of at least 8 – of her patients who fatally overdosed from medication she prescribed to them.

In October 2015, Doctor Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng was found guilty of Murder for the deaths of Joey Rovero, age 21; Vu Nguyen, age 28, and Steven Ogle, age 25. These were merely some of her patients who had overdosed and died as a direct result if improper and dangerous volumes of drugs she would dole out on an hourly basis.

Tseng is reportedly the first American physician to be convicted of murder for recklessly prescribing drugs, according to L.A. County District Attorney John Niedermann. But hundreds of other doctor drug-dealers have been locked up over the past 20 years, with assuredly many more to come. The sheer number of corrupt physicians who have turned into criminal “pill mill” operators is astounding.

“This doctor repeatedly ignored warning signs even after several patients died, as she built a new medical clinic in Rowland Heights with the money she made from them, earning $5,000,000 in one three-year period. One patient even overdosed in her office and had to be revived.” (L.A. County District Attorney)

Tseng’s sentencing came as the United States finds itself in the grip of a nasty prescription drug abuse epidemic. The situation was an oft-mentioned theme by presidential candidates during the months prior to the election.

Both law enforcement officials and medical investigators point the finger at criminal and reckless opiate prescriptions as the root of the heroin scourge.

Consider what DEA, bad-doctor-case investigator Mark Nomady has to say, after he so frequently witnessed pill abusers whose drugs were supplied by doctors, end up dead with needles still in their arms.

“You can draw a straight line from pharmaceutical opiates to shooting heroin. At some point they can’t afford the pills, or their doctor gets arrested, and there they are left with a habit they can’t control.”

Prosecutor Niedermann told the court that the Murder charges against Tseng were well-deserved, because she had already been warned by law enforcement, that her patients were overdosing and dying, a year before she was arrested. Nonetheless, she continued selling drugs to drug users.

In at least one instance, the doctor was contacted by the L.A. County Coroner and told that her patients were dying all over town. She disregarded the deaths as “not my problem”.

Nomady, the retired DEA agent, investigated many bad-doctor cases in Southern California until he finally retired.

“One bad doctor can turn a whole town upside down,” he said.

Tseng’s case is actually the perfect example of a drug-pushing, pill-mill operator whose goal was profit – not patient care. She was indeed what law enforcement calls a “dirty doctor” turning patients into long-term addicts who would keep coming back time after time until they, well, died.

Tseng preferred pushing drugs to younger people who paid cash. She performed no meaningful examinations and recorded few notes. When family members would call her office and beg her not to prescribe any more narcotics, she ignored them and continued her wealth-building scheme.

At her sentencing, the judge told the doctor that she had operated a reckless “assembly line” clinic that generated thousands of dollars each day. He pointed out that she was still blaming others for the ugly case, even after she was arrested.

Tseng, who has 2 children, ages 12 and 9, may spend the rest of her life in prison. She will be eligible for parole at age 77.

Time to focus on ‘pill mill’ criminals

Over the past 5 years DEA agents have brought focus on “pill mills” nationwide. In 2014, law enforcement in New York arrested 2 dozen people – many of them physicians – for flooding the streets with 5,000,000 oxycodone pills.

Not long after, the U.S. Justice Department announced the “largest pharmaceutical-related takedown in the DEA’s history,” including 24 doctors and pharmacists, in a drug distribution conspiracy of addictive drugs in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

In 2013, another Southern California MD, Alvin Yee, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for drug-pushing out of Orange County Starbucks coffee shops, no less.

In December of last year in Santa Barbara, Doctor Julio Diaz was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for catering to drug addicts who paid him cash for prescriptions. Called “the Candy Man” by some of his patients, “Diaz was seen as a lethal danger by other physicians in town. They kept records that documented Paramedic transports of his patients to emergency rooms. This particular doctor drug-pusher is believed to have been involved in 20 patient deaths, although like so many other lab coat loons, he was never convicted of Murder.

In January of last year, law enforcement raided the office of a psychiatrist in Atlanta, after 12 of his patients died of prescription drug overdoses. The doctor was charged with prescribing addictive narcotics to people with no medical need.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Luotto Wolf, who has also prosecuted bad doctors, says she was stunned by the number of patients who turn to heroin, once they get hooked on prescription pills.

“These are people who never in a million years thought they’d be injecting themselves,” she said.

Niedermann, the L.A. County Deputy District Attorney, said he knew nothing about prescription drug scams before being assigned to his first case in 2008. In that case, he won a conviction against physician who was pulling in $1,000,000 a year in cash, by catering to addicts. That doctor was sentenced to 5 years in state prison.

Since then, in just the L.A.-area alone, Niedermann has gotten convictions against 7 more doctors for illegal drug pushing.

And folks, the beat goes on.

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