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Shatner Buys Home As Facility

February 25, 2001

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``Star Trek″ actor William Shatner has purchased a home for use as a ``sober living″ facility in honor of his late wife, who drowned in the couple’s swimming pool 18 months ago in an alcohol-related accident.

The Nerine Shatner Friendly House will provide a residential home for 11 women recovering from alcoholism.

The actor discovered his wife’s body at the bottom of their pool in August 1999. An autopsy revealed that the former model drowned after hitting her head on the pool’s bottom while diving. She had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 percent, more than three times the legal limit for driving.

``I wanted to salvage some meaning out of all that experience. I thought the best way to do that would be in Nerine’s name to help other people,″ the actor said.

Shatner, 69, recently costarred in the beauty-pageant parody ``Miss Congeniality.″ He married his fourth wife on Feb. 13.

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