Burt Reynolds in rehab

According to the National Enquirer, the veteran star, 73, was admitted to hospital on 21 August (09) after he was found semi-conscious and covered in blood following a fall at his waterfront mansion in Hobe Sound.

A source tells the tabloid, “The houseman found Burt lying in a pool of blood. He’d fallen and was badly cut. The houseman drove him to the hospital. But this time, Burt was behaving strangely, and doctors were so concerned about his state of mind that they sent him to the county mental health facility in West Palm Beach.”

The Smokey and the Bandit actor then agreed to check straight into rehab after medics refused to discharge him unless he sought professional help for his alleged addictions at the nearby Hanley Center.

The insider says, “The facility refused to release him unless he agreed to go immediately into drug and alcohol rehab.

“He’s been increasingly abusing booze and prescription drugs, mainly painkillers. There have been many times recently when he’s been completely out of it, and twice in the last few months he’s ended up at the ER (emergency room).

“…Burt wasn’t happy about it, but he checked in, went through detox and then joined a regular 30-day rehab programme.”

Photographs published in the magazine show Reynolds looking relaxed on the grounds of the Hanley Center.

The actor has previously confessed to a reliance on sleeping aid Halcion after turning to the drug to ease the terrible pain he felt from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) in the 1980s.

A spokesperson had not responded to requests for a comment as WENN went to press.