Golden-voiced homeless man headed to rehab

In this photo provided by NBC Universal, homeless man Ted Williams prays during NBC's "Today" show, in New York, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011. Williams, who was living in a tent near a highway in Columbus, Ohio, just days ago, was in New York for an emotional reunion with his 90-year-old mother, media appearances, and to do some commercial voiceover work. On the "Today" show, he described his previous 48 hours as "outrageous." (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

January 12, 2011 4:46:21 PM PST
An Ohio homeless man whose silky voice made him a web phenomenon is headed to rehab for alcohol and drug dependency after an appearance on "Dr. Phil."

Show representatives said in a statement Wednesday that Ted Williams agreed to enter a private facility after an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw on a show that will air Thursday.

Williams' family also appears to discuss what they call his persistent drinking and a Monday disturbance at a Los Angeles hotel where police briefly detained Williams and his daughter after a heated argument.

The 53-year-old Williams trained to be a radio announcer but found his life derailed by substance abuse and prison time in the 1990s.

Last week he found instant fame after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper posted a Web video of him.

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