Heather's Family Meltdown


Apr. 2 2008, Published 4:15 a.m. ET

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Friends of Heather Locklear fear for her daughter, Ava, after her ex-husband Richie Sambora was busted for a DUI on March 25. The Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested in Laguna Beach after he was pulled over by police. One of the passengers in the car was Ava, Richie's 10-year-old daughter with Heather.

"I feel sorry for that little girl," a longtime family friend tells OK! "With her troubled parents, Ava doesn't have a fighting chance for a solid upbringing. Her dad is in and out of rehab and getting DUIs."

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In reference to a 911 call rumored to have been placed by 46-year-old Heather's doctor, the friend says, "The story was going around that her mom was at the point where she was suicidal! Imagine that level of dysfunction and the influence it has on a young girl's life."

Heather's reps have said that she is fine and denied that she requested the 911 call be made.

Richie, 48, was stopped just before 11 p.m. after police said they spotted him driving erratically in his Hummer SVU. In additon to Ava, Richie's girlfriend and another girl were also in the car. Richie was later released from custody on his own recognizance at about 4 a.m.

Heather Locklear

He is scheduled to appear in court for arraignment on May 7.


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