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Bettany turned to drugs after brother's tragic death

Wimbledon star Paul Bettany turned to drugs and alcohol after the tragic death of his younger brother "tore" him apart.

Wimbledon star Paul Bettany turned to drugs and alcohol after the tragic death of his younger brother "tore" him apart.

The British star, 33, felt responsible for his eight-year-old sibling Matthew's fatal accident in 1987 when he fell 2.4 metres on to concrete while playing in a park with a friend - and sought solace in booze and cocaine.

Bettany, now married to Jennifer Connelly, says: "What happened really tore me apart. I thought I should have stuck close to him - been there for him - but I wasn't.

"I have so many memories of him and then I had fantasies about taking him to the cinema for the first time with his little girlfriend or helping him move into his first flat as a student.

"I was so shattered by what happened I reckon it took me something like 10 years to get over it. I felt this guilt thing about still being alive after he died. I think there will always be a part of me which is inconsolable, but, through therapy, I stopped doing all the bad stuff. It was slowly destroying me.

"It cannot be mended - what happened. This universal thing called death taught me how valuable life is.

"I had this need to punish myself. I mixed with some pretty terrible, dreadful people when I was busking with a guitar on places like Westminster Bridge in London. I hit rock bottom. I struggled for so many years to get through it."

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