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The troubled relationship of Dr. Terry Dubrow with his brother Kevin

Terry DuBrow and his late brother Kevin Dubrow from Quiet Riot


The troubled relationship of Dr. Terry Dubrow with his brother Kevin

If you are a Quiet Riot fan and ever watched the reality show “Botched” on cable channel E! you probably wondered if the doctor Terry DuBrow and the late Quiet Riot vocalist Kevin DuBrow were relatives. Well, they were actually brothers and not always had a good relationship.


Kevin was born in 1955 and three years later in 1958, his younger brother Terry was born. They both obviously had different careers since Kevin became an accomplished singer and songwriter with Quiet Riot and Terry a doctor. He studied at the University of California, completing the residency in general surgery at the UCLA Medical Center. He also is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

The troubled relationship of Dr. Terry Dubrow with his brother Kevin

Like all brothers in the world, Kevin and Terry did not always have a good relationship. They had really different lifestyles and sadly they weren’t talking to each other when the Quiet Riot vocalist tragically passed away in 2007 at the age of 52.

He was found dead at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada after a week friends had been trying to talk to him. He was the victim of a fatal overdose by a combination of cocaine, painkillers and alcohol.

In an interview for the TV Show Hollywood Medium in 2016 (Transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage), Dr. Terry Dubrow said he regretted that he couldn’t help his brother at the time. But also revealed that he had warned him about his addiction and sadly it was exactly what took his life.

“He had a very untimely death in a situation where we weren’t speaking. I felt guilty about things, he left my mother alone, he was very close to my mother, he never met my kids. So to this day I’m conflicted about, I’m still very upset with him.”

“He was just a crazy high energy individual. Best memory I ever had with my brother was in 1983, he had just sold out the Los Angeles Forum. His album was number 1 on the Billboard charts, it was a big time in his life. I was backstage and he says to me: ‘Come here, I wanna show you something’. He opens up the curtain and says and I could see 14.000 lighters lit for him. He put the towel around me and just whizzes me around the backstage and he goes: ‘Isn’t this incredible?’ It was just a surreal moment, they were chanting: ‘Quiet Riot! Quiet Riot!”

He warned his brother Kevin about his drug use

In the same conversation, Dr. Terry DuBrow recalled that he warned Kevin about his drug use. He mentioned to him a line of the classic Bad Company song “Shooting Star” when he was trying to warn him he couldn’t use it anymore.

“There was this song about this Rock star. The chorus of the song was “died in his bed, bottle of whisky, sleeping tablets by his head’. I used to warn Kevin, (saying) ‘You’re gonna be that song lyric’. That’s exactly how he died,” Dr. Terry Dubrow said.

As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, after Kevin passed away, his mother and younger brother Terry gathered his possessions. The platinum records that Kevin are now at Terry’s house and they display them to honor his memory.

“We thought we would display them prominently in our house in his memory and his honor. It is something we hold in high regard. It’s great that my four children know that their uncle was a big-time rock star,” Dr. Terry Dubrow said.

Quiet Riot were active from 1973 to 1989, returning from 1991 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2007. The group was reactivated in 2010 with drummer Frankie Banali (Who passed away in 2020) and continues active with only one classic member, the bassist Rudy Sarzo.

Their best-selling album “Metal Health” (1983) sold an estimated amount of more than 6 million copies in the United States and more than 10 million worldwide. It was the first Heavy Metal album to reach the first position of the Billboard 200 chart.

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