Tila Tequila, once a hugely popular MTV reality star who has since faded into obscurity, reportedly attempted suicide, leading to her hospitalization and the discovery of a brain aneurysm. She may be partially paralyzed.
The reality personality, real name Tila Nguyen, reportedly overdosed on drugs and was hospitalized for a week with a life-threatening brain aneurysm. She was released today and reportedly confined to a wheelchair.
A roommate told the police that Tila had “tried to kill herself all week,” according to gossip site TMZ. An ambulance was called to her San Diego home at 1:30 AM last Wednesday (Feb. 29) and she was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital in Burbank, CA.
Tila was in and out of consciousness in the house, and officials decided she needed psychiatric help as well, TMZ reported.
Nguyen first gained public attention when she appeared Playboy’s Cyber Girl feature in 2002. She became the first Asian Cyber Girl of the Month, and appeared in other pictorials in Stuff and Maxim magazines.
She was one of the first social media stars on MySpace and her popularity led to an MTV reality show called “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.” It aired for two seasons starting in 2007. After the show her life began to spiral downward.
In 2009, she was roughed up by her then boyfriend Shawne Merriman, who was later arrested, but not charged. They sued each other, but the case blew up in her face after she failed to respond to the case and Merriman won a $2 million default judgment.
She also declared she was a lesbian that year and started dating heiress Casey Johnson. But Johnson, a diabetic, died suddenly a year later. Tila was blamed by her friends for encouraging Casey’s wild lifestyle, which led to her death.
She tried to revive her music career a year later, but was viciously attacked when she went onstage at a concert featuring the Insane Clown Posse and the Kottonmouth Kings, whose fans loathed her.
The scandal surrounding Johnson’s death all but trashed her career because of her tawdry efforts to exploit the relationship, even after Johnson died in squalor.
In a bid to lift her profile and make money, she resorted to making a lesbian sex tape last year through Vivid Entertainment, which also sells Kim Kardashian’s sex tape.