Celebrities who took off from their careers for rehab and other reasons

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In an effort to yank Khloe Kardashian’s husband Lamar Odom back from the ledge of his alleged out-of-control substance abuse, Kris Jenner hired famed attorney Robert Shapiro to represent Odom in his DUI case as well as counsel him.

Shapiro, who is known best for being part of the OJ Simpson “Dream Team” of lawyers along with Johnnie Cochran who got him acquitted in his murder trial in 1995, knows first-hand the perils of drug abuse.

Shapiro’s 24-year-old son, Brent Shapiro, died of a drug overdose in 2005 — and Shapiro has been involved with drug addiction foundations and charities ever since. break, Robert+Shapiro+Larry+King+Hosts+Pre+Grand+eWDPcxqyrDUl

Jenner desperately wants Shapiro to intercept Lamar as he supposedly torpedoes down the road of self destruction and convince the former Los Angeles Laker star to seek help, TMZ.com reports.

Shapiro reportedly agreed to take the case on one condition: Lamar has to be open to seeking help to repair his life. Recent photos of Odom illuminate the fact that the lanky long power forward has dropped serious pounds in recent month, and his wife is convinced that it’s due to addition to crack cocaine and other illicit substances. If true, Odom would have to take a break from an NBA career that had already spiraled from stardom to mediocrity to irrelevancy in recent years.

There have been a score of celebrities who have taken a reprieve from their prosperous careers for a variety of reasons, including rehab. Take a look at who they are and why they took a break.

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