HAVING left his hedonistic partying days long behind him, Brandon Block was hoping for a new and improved return to the spotlight.
The Nineties DJ, who won the ‘Caner of the Year’ award three times on the trot, was one of this year’s contestants on Celebrity Big Brother.
However he left the show early saying he didn’t feel himself in the house.
Brandon made his entrance into the house on launch night and he mingled with the other New Stars while the All Stars had to make the decision which housemate to ‘edit out’ of the show.
He signed up to take part in the show after a £1,000-a-day cocaine habit left him broke.
Brandon was rushed to hospital in the early days of the show after complaining of feeling unwell. Luckily after tests, he was able to return to the house and producers kept a close eye on him.
Whether his headlines will be good or bad remains to be seen – but who is Brandon Block?
Brandon was born in Dalston, east London in 1967 and moved with his mother to Wembley when he was four.
His DJ career started when he was 18 in the John Lyon pub in Harrow when he and his friend asked the landlord if they could jump on the decks and play their records to the punters after the resident DJ failed to show.
They proved to be so good the landlord fired the DJ, took them on and started charging people to get in.
Brandon soon made a name for himself on the club scene and was a familiar face at most of the big London clubs, including the Ministry of Sound, Turnmills and Miss Moneypenny’s.
He also held residencies at clubs in London and Leeds and played many seasons in Ibiza.
He’d also gained a reputation for his hedonistic lifestyle and Muzik magazine awarding him the “Caner of the Year” prize three times.
Taking its toll
Years of partying and drug abuse – including a £2,000-a-week cocaine habit – caught up with him and he lost work due to missing gigs because of his habit.
He spiralled into debt, contracted hepatitis and had to have a piece of his lung removed following a nasty lung infection.
In 1996 his doctors told him he had to go into rehab or he would be dead within weeks, which forced him to step away from the club scene for six months.
After his rehab stint and giving up the drugs for good, Brandon began to be hired again and in October 1997 started presenting a show on Kiss 100 and released three singles through the Ministry of Sound.
In 2009 he fronted a government campaign against drug use, which also starred Peep Show’s David Mitchell.
And in January 2016, he revealed he was working for the psychiatric Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham, South-East London.
Don’t mess with a Rolling Stone
Brandon Block’s most controversial showbiz moment came during the Brit awards in 2000.
Heavily intoxicated, he staggered onto the stage after being tricked by a friend who told him he’d won Musician of the Year award.
He was confronted by Rolling Stone rocker Ronnie Wood, who was handing out an award at the time with American actress Thora Birch.
Ronnie threw his drink in Brandon’s face before the DJ was dragged off stage by security.
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