Ren Höek and Stimpy Cat hit the peak of their popularity in the early and mid 90's with the Ren and Stimpy Show. It first aired on Nickelodeon then on MTV. By the end of the 90's, their popularity was starting to wane. Stimpy admits that they both had their episodes with drugs, but they seem to always come away with few consequences. By the end of the shows run, Stimpy was clean and sober and Ren was still partying. This was the main reason the on screen chemistry fizzled, along with the shows ratings.
Stimpy went on to marry Arlene from Garfield fame and has had several children. Ren, on the other hand, tried to keep partying. However, after a short time he found himself in trouble. In 2000, he was arrested for urinating on a fire hydrant outside Moe's Tavern in Springfield. In 2002, he was arrested in Heathrow airport for carrying 3 grams of heroine and a concealed fire arm. In 2003, he and Elroy Jetson were in a Hollywoodland night club "extremely intoxicated" and refusing to leave. The police were called and the pair was arrested for public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ren did sober up for a short time and got through his probation. However, as soon as his legal problems went away, he began using again. Friends say it has now progressed to him mainlining crystal meth up to 15 times a day.
Fred Flintstone, whose daughter Pebbles also had a crystal meth addiction, has tried to get Ren to enter a treatment center. So far, all help has been rejected by Mr. Höek. Mr. Flintstone said, "It's only a matter of time now...Ren will either die or get to the point where he'll accept our help. An addict has to want to be helped and until then we'll have to hope for the best...yabba, dabba, doo."
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