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Troubled banking heir Matthew Mellon, 53, died in a Cancun hotel room the same day he was due to check into a nearby drug rehabilitation facility, the center's medical director has revealed.
In a tweet posted on Tuesday, April 18th, Dr Alberto Solas from Clear Sky Recovery wrote: 'Matthew Mellon was scheduled to check-in on April 16th. We learned that he had died at his hotel on the 16th, prior to his check-in.
Representative - Mellon - Statement - New - York
A representative for Mellon issued a statement to the New York Post immediately after news of his death broke on the 16th and said: 'Billionaire Matthew Mellon, 53, died suddenly in Cancun, Mexico, where he was attending a drug rehabilitation facility'.
This statement was amended with no explanation on April 18th to say that Mellon died in Cancun 'where he was planning to check into a rehab facility for follow-up treatment'.
Circumstances - Mellon - Hotel - Death
The circumstances of Mellon's hotel death are not yet clear.
Mellon, who had been battling an OxyContin addiction and once spent $100,000 a month on the drug, was 88 days sober when he took his private jet to the Cancun center for 'maintenance'.
Facility - Specializes - Drug - Addiction - Treatment
The facility where he was due to check-in specializes in drug addiction treatment using Ibogain, a psychedelic plant-based drug which is not approved for any medical uses in the United States.
On Clear Sky Recovery's website it says: 'Ibogaine provides a gentle, painless, and very rapid detox from opioids such a heroin, methadone, OxyContin, Suboxone & Subutex; stimulants like cocaine, crack and methamphetamine, as well as alcohol and many other addictive drugs.
Drug - Treatments - Receptors - Brain - Brain
'Ibogaine works differently than other drug treatments, it resets receptors in the brain and normalizes brain function. Ibogaine’s metabolite noribogaine decreases or eliminates cravings and removes the overwhelming compulsion to use drugs of abuse, for approximately 2-4 months following ibogaine treatment.
'Patients who are physically...
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