Heather’s TRAGIC SPI­RAL

Loved ones fear for Heather Locklear af­ter she hits her low­est point yet. Can she be saved?

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It just kept get­ting worse. Less than a week af­ter Heather Locklear was placed on an in­vol­un­tary psy­chi­atric hold for threat­en­ing to kill her­self, po­lice ar­rested the trou­bled ac­tress at her Thou­sand Oaks, Calif., home on June 24 for al­legedly at­tack­ing first re­spon­ders. In the early evening, wor­ried loved ones had sum­moned the au­thor­i­ties when Heather re­port­edly downed te­quila and crashed her Porsche on her prop­erty. Held overnight and re­leased on $20,000 bail, the star then re­port­edly over­dosed on pre­scrip­tion pills — and was placed on yet an­other psy­chi­atric hold. “Heather has be­come a dan­ger to her­self,” says a source. “It’s heart­break­ing.”

But sadly, it’s not sur­pris­ing. The 56-year-old — who once was one of the hottest TV stars on the planet with ma­jor roles on Dy­nasty, Mel­rose Place, Spin City and more — has been on a down­ward slide ever since she was ar­rested for a DUI in 2008 (the charge was later dis­missed; see box). “Heather has got­ten out of con­trol re­cently,” says the source, who notes

the ac­tress also was ar­rested in Fe­bru­ary for al­legedly as­sault­ing boyfriend Chris Heisser and po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing a drunken rage. (Cops also raided her home in March be­cause she al­legedly threat­ened to shoot them.) In­sid­ers say Heather’s prob­lems stem from turn­ing to pills and al­co­hol to cope with ev­ery­thing from anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion to the stresses of get­ting older in Hol­ly­wood. “She can’t get a grip on her is­sues,” says a friend. “She knows she’s lost it all. She keeps ask­ing, ‘How did it get this bad?’”

DROWN­ING HER SOR­ROWS

Even at the height of her ca­reer, the LA na­tive had a wild streak — in­clud­ing dur­ing her first mar­riage to hard-par­ty­ing rocker Tommy Lee. Af­ter they split, she mar­ried Bon Jovi rocker Richie Samb­ora and set­tled into a happy fam­ily life with him and their only child, daugh­ter Ava (now 20). But things changed when their 13-year mar­riage ended in 2007 amid a cheat­ing scan­dal in­volv­ing Heather’s for­mer best friend, Denise Richards. (Richie de­nied cheat­ing on Heather.) Says the source,

“She started to lose her grip.”

Heather found love again with for­mer Mel­rose Place co-star Jack Wag­ner, but their one-year en­gage­ment ended in 2012 af­ter a se­ries of ugly in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing one in which Heather al­legedly punched the for­mer soap star. “She hits these emo­tional road­blocks and drinks to block ev­ery­thing out,” says the friend. Chris’ dad, Peter, pre­vi­ously con­firmed to In Touch that her booz­ing leads to out­bursts: “When she drinks a cer­tain amount, she just un­loads. She has a very quick tem­per, and I don’t know that she re­al­izes what she’s do­ing in that sit­u­a­tion.”

That would help ex­plain her at­tacks on the po­lice — and con­trac­tor Chris (who, sources say, has stuck with Heather through her mul­ti­ple ar­rests). If there is a sil­ver lin­ing to all this, friends say it’s that Heather is now re­al­iz­ing she needs se­ri­ous help. “She’s fi­nally be­ing hon­est about her ad­dic­tions,” says the friend. “She’s lit­er­ally beg­ging for help. Heather’s afraid that if she doesn’t get clean and sober this time, she won’t make it. There’s still hope, but time is run­ning out.” ◼

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