This is how Ted Williams looked in the early days of 2011 as that first video that went viral. The recovering alcoholic-drug addict, who said he had been sober for more than two years, was carrying a sign saying he'd fallen on hard times but has a God-given gift of voice.
Ted Williams appeared on "The Early Show" Jan. 5, 2011, to describe his rise from panhandler to Internet sensation and to discuss his dream of being reunited with his 90-year-old mother who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was raised.
A disturbance report was made with the Los Angeles police after after Ted Williams, 53, and his daughter got into a heated argument at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel & Spa. The two were held at the Hollywood police station for less than an hour and they were not arrested, Los Angeles police said. However, the incident gave rise to speculation that Williams had resumed drinking.
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Jan. 12, 2011
After a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Phil McGraw, Williams admitted to drinking and agreed to enter rehab. His emotional story was aired later that week on McGraw's TV show.
Jan. 24, 2011
Ted Williams left a Texas rehab facility after only two weeks of treatment for his drug and alcohol addictions. The treatment had been provided for him by Dr. Phil McGraw's TV show.