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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Madsen "Needs Rehab" After Booze Binge Hospitalization, Friend Says

May 23 2010, Published 12:55 p.m. ET

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Kill Bill star Michael Madsen was taken to a London area hospital earlier this month after being found unconscious at his hotel, RadarOnline.com has confirmed.

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And now one of the actor/poet's closest friends is telling RadarOnline.com exclusively that Michael "needs to get to rehab."

"He is a great guy and a great artist and like most artists, a little crazy," the friend adds.

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"He has had this problem in the past and it is probably time for him to get help."

Madsen, who shot to fame in the classic film Reservoir Dogs, was in the U.K. to make a low-budget horror flick.

He had been on a nine day booze binge that had brought complaints from other hotel guests.

"When he was found slumped on the doorstep it was hardly a surprise," a hotel eyewitness told the London Sun.

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Michael, brother of actress Virginia Madsen, was transported to Royal Cornwall Hospital but not before trying to jump out of the ambulance.

The incident is sadly not the first for Madsen who has earned the reputation as a Hollywood hellraiser in recent years. He was hospitalized in 2008, also in the UK, after a loud fight with his wife.

Madsen returned to his Los Angeles area home on Friday.

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