Bob Timmins, 61
Bob Timmins, an addiction specialist who is credited with salvaging the lives of celebrity drug users by steering them to sobriety and helping them stay there, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at his home in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
In recent years, Mr. Timmins conducted his work while battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said his friend, Jeff McFarland.
Though little known by the general public, Mr. Timmins was a titan in the world of recovery.
Some of his clients -- members of the bands Motley Crue and Aerosmith -- have spoken about Mr. Timmins' role in helping them avoid drug abuse. But most preferred anonymity, a request Mr. Timmins took pride in honoring.
In the entertainment industry, Mr. Timmins influenced the way recording labels treated artists by requesting amenities such as "safe rooms": spaces devoid of drugs and alcohol, said his nephew, Bryan Timmins.
"Bob has helped everyone, from the owners of sports franchises to heads of movie studios to Grammy-winning, internationally known music idols ... as well as the most down-and-out homeless person who comes to him for help," said Michael Nasatir, a friend and an attorney who worked in the same office as Mr. Timmins.
Mr. Timmins steered clients to 12-step meetings for addicts and helped them find sponsors. He was also a proponent of sober companions, people who spend their days with addicts to keep them away from drugs.
In addition to his nephew, Mr. Timmins is survived by another nephew and a great-niece.