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Episode 59: Lawrence

Season 4, Episode 10


Age: 34
Location: Las Vegas
Addiction: Alcohol (vodka)
What’s Memorable: Oh man, the denial Lawrence was in is absolutely shocking. “Half the time I don’t even think he realizes that he’s drinking.” The bruises all over his body, how weak he is, how he needs his co-workers to totally take care of his basic needs. And, of course, the followup.

Update: Lawrence did on February 23, 2008 from bleeding resulting from cirrhosis of the liver.

Official synopsis: Having graduated high school with academic and athletic honors, Lawrence, 34, became a successful owner of a chain of tanning salons. But he was never able to dull the pain of emotional and physical abuse suffered in childhood. Alcohol took hold and Lawrence became a shell of his former self, often drinking a liter of vodka a day. A recent battle with cancer left him further weakened. Lawrence’s loved ones stage an intervention in the hope that this show of love and support will help Lawrence get the help he needs, and that by sharing his story he might help others.
Original Air Date: February 2008

Interventionist: Jeff

Categories: Addicts Who Have Died, Alcohol, Childhood Physical Abuse, Childhood Violence, Jeff, Most Disturbing Episodes, Most In-Denial Addicts, Most Powerful Episodes, Most Tragic Episodes, Season 4


36 Responses to “Episode 59: Lawrence”

  1. I just wanted to leave a comment, it’s sad seeing nothing here. God Bless R.I.P.

    Posted by grelk | January 22, 2013, 11:50 pm
    • This was the most moving episode I’ve ever seen. I was so moved, I searched for more about Lawrence on the internet. I found there were many others out there like me who were drawn to this man.

      Posted by Scott M. | July 25, 2013, 9:37 pm
      • I too was deeply moved by this episode. My heart absolutely broke for Lawrence’s mother and brother. Sadly I think the intervention efforts were too late. Lawrence’s disease was too advanced and his denial was endless. Very, very tragic.

        Posted by Gina Atkins | November 4, 2013, 3:02 pm
        • Don’t waste tears on that mother. She threw that child to the wolves when she left him with a non-blood relative that had already beaten him for years. She sacrificed him and it followed him for the rest of his short life.

          Posted by Theresa | June 1, 2018, 7:17 pm
      • I’m so sorry. I have a brother who is going thru the same.its just a matter of time. Will someone help me save his life. I don’t know how to get him help. He has two boys that are twins and need their dad back

        Posted by dan santos | October 8, 2016, 7:53 am

        Posted by KARLA PEREZ | October 12, 2016, 8:55 am
  2. So unfortunate about Lawrence. I’ve watched this show for a while now I always said to myself it would suck being in their shoes deep down knowing I’m one of them. No matter how severe the addiction, it’s always a condition that’s not meant to be played with. Inspiring show always Lawrence episode is so inspiring to me “the Entrepreneur ”
    Thoughts and prayers to the family.

    Posted by Isaac Chavez | May 17, 2014, 9:27 pm
  3. I just watched Lawrence’s story. My heart is broken in two. To go through so much as a child and still achieve so much.SO much promise. So much left to do. Rest in peace. I’m sure I’m not the only one that his story touched.

    Posted by Joanne | May 17, 2014, 10:12 pm
    • Yeah I just watched it this morning his story is sooo sad I too searched the internet for more information about him. To be so young and strive to achieve everything he did is amazing. I just hate that he couldn’t be saved.

      Posted by ash | May 20, 2014, 6:14 am
  4. I cried when I found out he died. I don’t know why it hit me so hard. I think it’s just that his episode laid out clearly the brutal consequences of alcohol.

    Posted by Deb | June 1, 2014, 12:56 pm
  5. I just feel so sorry for that guy lawerence he had everything going good for himself why be in denial if wats going on but just rest in peace son sorry you went that way

    Posted by tasha | July 8, 2014, 4:16 pm
  6. Lawrence’s story is very compelling. This was one of the only episodes where I actually cried. His intervention came too late to help him. RIP

    Posted by Denise Barker | December 28, 2014, 1:16 am
  7. Til this day, his episode was the most memorable to me. I was so sad to read he died at the end. If only get realized how much he touched others, we saw the struggle, but addiction was too strong. Atleast now you’re resting in peace.

    Posted by Ryn | February 26, 2015, 7:01 am
  8. Wow I just re watched this episode and after seeing every episode of intervention at least twice this one is the most memorable to me still shocking of how in denial Lawrence was. I can’t help but wonder if Lawrence was truly so sick that he honestly believed that he really didn’t have a problem or if he was just trying to convince everyone else that he was ok. It’s such a shame that such a successful person could have their life cut so short due to alcoholism. Rip Lawrence

    Posted by kris | April 8, 2015, 10:45 am
    • Thank you all who have left messages the truth will come out regarding my cousin Lawrence’s death. Just because he passed after the intervention doesnt mean he died due to his alcoholism. Some of us “Us” beign his family believe Duck was murdered in his home by his embezzeling ex girlfriend n ex best friend who were beign charged with fraud after obtaining credit fraudulently under Lawrence’s name. Ironically my beautiful cousin was taken a week or two befor he was scheduled to testify. Because of the airing of his intervention Vegas PD ruled it as alcohol related and ignored the blood smeared across hid walls or the two beers on the counter one lipstick stained. Lawrence drank only Vodka!!!!! We his family are screaming got justice its fallen on deaf ears.

      Posted by Lorraina D | May 24, 2015, 3:46 pm
    Your update is an absolute TRAGEDY.Even more than the saddest ending it was for Lawrence.
    Is there a possibility to collect signatures or still push forward for investigation?!
    When detectives change, they might really , hopefully, start it all over again!!
    My deepest condolences…

    Posted by Kukushaka | June 3, 2015, 1:09 pm
  10. Lorraina, I honestly didn’t think I could become more saddened about Laurence’s death. How tragic to hear that there are more sinister details regarding the cause of his death….. If he was murdered I truly pray justice will be served. Just know that his life was not in vain, he has truly touched a lot of lives with his.
    I am not surprised that he was targeted by vultures who sought to prey upon his money and good credit while he was in a weakend state. They need to pay for that!

    Posted by Telli Bedell | June 30, 2015, 9:02 pm
  11. Wow, just found out that Raul Gonzales, Lawrence younger brother, was a gang member and has a lot of blood on his hands:


    Posted by Kyle | December 9, 2016, 5:16 am
  12. I knew Lawrence he was a really good guy. I enjoyed knowing him thru Vegas Parties and tanning at his Salon.
    When I saw this episode it broke my heart. To see someone like him so full of lifes success and confident. Fall into the depths of alcoholism… I bawled my heart out for him and his brothers. I knew him thru the very reason he was on there. But never did I see that coming.
    You never know who will have this horrible disease.
    And you can’t ever help them if they don’t want it.
    I’ve lost a lot of peeps to addiction. Still makes me sad to think what a bright future Lawrence had…
    His big beautiful house his awesome pool and then yrs later.
    Nothing!!! Worse then any of that his friends left him and that broke my heart. I get it when someone is so far gone, but you never leave your friends completely. Especially when you may be the reason they survive this horrible disease.
    RIP Lawrence of Arabia (we called you that) lol
    Randomly was thinking about this and thought I should leave my thoughts…

    Posted by Cali McLaren | March 23, 2017, 9:12 pm
  13. I would love to watch his story but I can not find it free. Any one knows where to watch it for free. I am located in Canada West coast.


    Posted by Eric West | September 3, 2017, 3:05 pm
  14. Hi, i from colombia i saw the complete episode, this case shock me how a succesful person fall in this adiction so sad, i still remember this guy because this case leave a touch in my heart, after this man can help her family and grow up a tanning bussines, and brothers, i almost cry at the end of the episode when i heard lawrence die rest in peace brother

    Posted by Sebastian | October 30, 2017, 10:26 pm
  15. I watched this episode way back and I never forgot about him. He just struck me as being such a loving human being just being stuck in this awful situation. Will never forget u Lawrence

    Posted by Nadia | November 5, 2017, 1:09 pm
  16. Of all the episodes I have seen through the years I have never forgotten and will never forget Lawrence! His story really touched my heart!

    Posted by Kim | March 1, 2018, 12:14 am
  17. Throughout that whole episode, he was certainly not just drinking. He spoke about MSG being a part of his addiction earlier on and when he “wigged out” quite a few times, he was definitely on MSG or some form of ecstasy. How did the producers not see this or decide not to share that? Confusing. You don’t get effects like that from alcohol. Sorry to hear he died. He was definitely in denial. Very very sad.

    Posted by Lyzee Manitta | May 12, 2018, 6:59 am
  18. The most heartbreaking episode I’ve seen so far. He was sacrificed by that mother, protected those brothers, and eventually financially supported the mother that left him with an abuser. So sad.

    Posted by Theresa | June 1, 2018, 7:32 pm
  19. Oh man. What a sexy man he was. His episode was a very modest vision on how alcohol ravages the body when drank out of moderation. He was successful, intelligent, and attractive. After eveything he went through as a kid, he then later went on to support his entire family on his own. His mother and two younger brothers. I felt pure sorrow for him. And nothing for his mother. Ive been in that womans shoes (without children) but I didnt stick around. And I would have been out even faster if I had had children at the time. I hope he is at peace now.

    Posted by Toreigh | November 27, 2018, 12:56 pm
  20. I remember watching that episode. My heart broke for this man. He took care of his loved ones and he used alchohol to self medicate for things that happened during his childhood. I have not seen them re-play his episode. I wish they would so you ger people who may not have seen it that are struggling with this disease realise what can happen. RIH Lawrence, you were a good guy.

    Posted by Lisa Marie Donndelinger | January 12, 2019, 6:01 pm
  21. The first time I tried to post this told me it was spam… maybe because I didnt leave an entire comment


    Posted by Toreigh | August 20, 2019, 8:33 am
  22. Can’t seem to find this episode online. Anyone know where I can watch it? I watched it once a long time ago and it had a profound effect on me, as many episodes of this show do.

    Posted by JP | July 15, 2020, 10:45 am
  23. You can watch this episode here:


    Posted by Chris | September 12, 2020, 10:18 pm

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