TRAGIC Tom Sizemore’s ex-girlfriend Heidi Fleiss has revealed how he battled his addiction demons until the bitter end.
The troubled Saving Private Ryan star died in his sleep in the hospital aged 61 on Friday night, his manager announced.
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It came after he suffered a brain aneurysm as a result of a stroke on February 18 at his home in Burbank, California.
Former Hollywood madam Heidi, who dated Tom following her release from jail in 1998 following a tax evasion and money laundering conviction, says he told her in his final days: “I don’t want to do drugs anymore.”
But despite claims he was working out every day and taking low doses of opioid addiction medication methadone, Heidi says she understands he had relapsed again.
The 57-year-old exclusively told The U.S. Sun: “I was told that Tom was getting high at his home when he had the aneurysm.
“He had been telling me that he was on methadone and that he’d been going jogging and was taking care of himself.
“He said he was working out every day and on low doses of methadone.
“I should have known better than to believe what he was saying to me on the phone.
“Someone contacted me and said that he could barely walk.
‘COULD BARELY WALK’
“Obviously that’s a sign that you need immediate medical attention because your circulation is off and something like that is very serious,” Heidi added.
“When Lisa Marie Presley died I told him that she ate junk food and that you need to feed your body vitamins.
“It’s really heartbreaking because in one of his last texts to me just a few days before he had the aneurysm he said ‘At least we’re alive right now.’
Tom passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank with his brother Paul Sizemore and twin sons Jayden and Jagger, 17, at his side.
It came after his family announced on February 27 that they were deciding end-of-life matters after doctors told them there was no hope of recovery.
The actor’s movie credits include memorable roles in such legendary movies as Heat in 1995 alongside Robert de Niro and Al Pacino and Black Hawk Down in 2001.
Heidi – who these days runs a sanctuary for macaws in Nevada – said Tom was due to shoot a film in Europe when he suffered the aneurysm.
One of his last texts to me just a few days before he had the aneurysm he said ‘At least we’re alive right now.’
The former couple had also been planning a project together in Las Vegas which would have blended his acting skills with her bird conservation efforts.
And Heidi – who infamously ran a high-end Tinseltown prostitution ring before her arrest in 1993 – says that in the final months of his life, Tom had asked her to get back together with him.
Heidi – who is also a recovering addict – said: “He would do that every couple of years, he would reach out and say he wanted to get back together with me.
“And look, if he would have pulled his shit together I would have got back together with him.
“I told him that I was only 21 days clean and I was still going through all that stuff.
“He continued to work all the time and was very proud of his acting school in Santa Monica.
“I believe he was a really good teacher, his classes were overbooked and oversold,” she went on.
“The fact that he was showing up and teaching his class showed me that he had made some changes in his life.
“He told me he didn’t want to do drugs anymore, all the things that I wanted to hear.
“He texted me to say ‘Ever since I’ve been talking to you everything’s turning around.’
“I’m just sorry that it ended this way.”
Tom had a long history of drug abuse dating back to his teenage years which had often led to legal problems, including a conviction for domestic violence against Heidi in 2003.
He was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to complete a rehab program over that incident.
In recent times, Tom was arrested for drug possession in January 2019, and arrested and booked for DUI and drug possession in January 2020.
He was also sued by a former actress who claimed he had groped her on set when she was just 11 but a judge dismissed the civil case in August 2020.
Remembering their time together, Heidi said: “When I met Tom he had just been through a divorce and seemed like someone who was very career-oriented, who stayed at home and read books.
“I was just out of prison and was looking for somebody stable so I could readjust to society.
“We really clicked and hit it off for a while but then it turned because we both had substance abuse issues.
“You can’t have a relationship like that. Look at Kurt and Courtney, it just doesn’t work, no matter how hard you try.
“We even talked about how to control the implosion that was coming but it just got out of hand.
“It was ugly and I regret the way we broke up.
“I wanted to leave because our relationship wasn’t working anymore and it turned real nasty.
“He had a terrible temper when he didn’t get his way and it turned physical.
“He knocked me down and my head was bleeding.
“The DA contacted me about a different battery charge against him but in the end they dropped that one and kept mine.
“I saw Tom a year later and he told me how he was getting around his drug testing by using a fake penis.
“He got caught with it, probably because like a typical actor the one he chose was so big. It was called a Whizzinator.”
Heidi explained that the last time she saw Tom was three or four years ago when they attended an event held by the Humane Society at Paramount Studios in LA.
Asked how she would remember her former lover, Heidi said: “When I was going out with him he had those movie star looks but he just chose a very dark path.
“It’s odd because he was very smart. He would say that he was from the ghetto in Detroit but it wasn’t true, his father was a professor.
“Tom graduated from Wayne State University, he could recite Shakespeare.
“His texts were always with perfect grammar and punctuation. I can’t do that, I’ve only got an eighth-grade education.
“Tom was very smart, but very smart people do stupid things.”