Jan-Michael Vincent Decline: 80s Star Lost Leg Due To Drug And Alcohol Problems

The full decline of Jan-Michael Vincent has been revealed after photos of the former Airwolf star emerged.

The 80s heartthrob, who was previously paid $200,000 an episode while filming Airwolf 20 years ago, has been struggling with drugs and alcohol for several years now. In fact, it became so bad that his leg had to be amputated twice due to infection. However, this is only just the tip of his problems. The actor, who has now retired, has huge financial issues too as he allegedly owes $70,000 in taxes.

Vincent, who starred as Stringfellow Hawke in the hugely popular, top-rated television series, struggled to find any work after the show ended. Then a car accident in 1996, which was a result of drinking and driving, left him with three broken vertebrae in his neck while his voice was left permanently raspy too.

According to Yahoo! News, Vincent spoke about his decline, and he admitted that he feels as if he as been severely beaten down by his luck.

“An infection in my leg got steadily worse. I felt like I was beaten with a whip.”

The 70-year-old’s wife, Anna, also opened up about his current state, and she went on to tell the publication, “I’m praying for a solution.”


Jan-Michael Vincent originally turned into a superstar thanks to his role in the surf movie, Big Wednesday. However, after Airwolf concluded, he was then beset by injuries. This included being arrested on numerous occasions. Most of the time this was for getting into fights, which also resulted in him beating his second wife, Joanna Robinson. In fact, his attacks became so bad that she had to take a restraining order out on him.

Vincent then had a second car crash in 2008. However, it was the blood infection in 2012 that resulted in the double amputation of his right leg which really left him close to death. After having the lower half of his leg removed, Vincent believed that he had finally come through this tragic period. Unfortunately, a month later, it was revealed that the infection had returned, and he then had to have even more of his leg removed.

Vincent is now living in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but he is struggling to keep a roof over his head. As a result of his amputation, he now has a prosthetic leg and has to move around in a wheelchair.

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