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We hope he says hi to Lindsay Lohan while he's there:

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora entered an undisclosed treatment facility on Wednesday, a rep for the band told People magazine.

Denise Richards and Richie Sambora Picture

"Richie Sambora has entered an undisclosed treatment facility in Los Angeles," the rep said in a statement. "He asks that you respect he and his family's privacy at this time."

The specific nature of Sambora's problem was not disclosed, but the musician hasn't had the easiest year in the world.

He and actress Denise Richards broke up several months ago after dating for about a year. In April, the rocker's divorce from Heather Locklear was finalized. And that same month, his father died of lung cancer.

"Richie has had a terrible year," a close friend said, although Isaiah Washington may now have had it worse.  "I think this was a culmination of all these things and finally he realized he needed to take care of himself. He'd put off everything for so long taking care of everyone else it was just time to stop and deal with his issues."

It is not clear how Sambora's treatment will affect his role in Bon Jovi. The band's new album, Lost Highway, is due out June 19.

The band is also set to appear on an upcoming episode of MTV's Unplugged, which was taped in New York on Tuesday. For now, though, Richie joins Lohan and other celebs such as Jesse Metcalfe as being unplugged from alcohol for awhile.

(Clank!)

by Free Britney at . Comments

Some celebrity gossip you just never see coming.

Like Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock calling it quits.

Denise and Daughters

Or Spencer Pratt coming up with some new PR scheme.

Similarly, Denise Richards and Richie Sambora have broken up, her rep says, and unlike in the case of her pal Pamela, it didn't take an appearance by Borat to kill the relationship.

Although they were no longer a couple at the time, last month they attended the funeral for Richie Sambora's father, who died of lung cancer on April 21 in his native New Jersey.

"Denise ended things but wanted to be there for him as a friend," a source close to Richards tells People.

A Sambora source calls the split "amicable."

"They did break up about a month prior to Richie's dad's death," says the source. "She came to the funeral to support him. He needs to focus on his daughter, Ava, and wishes Denise and her kids all the best."

Richards' mother has kidney cancer, and she told People in February she and the Bon Jovi guitarist were important in helping each other cope with their parents' illnesses.

Richards, 36, and Sambora, 47, began dating in April 2006 after splitting from their respective spouses.

Richards' four-year marriage to Charlie Sheen officially ended in November when she got pissed about his addictions to drugs and prostitutes.

Sambora and Heather Locklear finalized their own divorce in April. Since then, the former Melrose Place star has been linked to David Spade and Johnathan Schaech, whoever that is.

Richie Sambora Biography

Richie Sambora Mug Shot Most people know who Richie Sambora is. He's the Bon Jovi guitarist and former husband of Heather Locklear. He then went on to shag... More »
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