Storage Wars star Dan Dotson suffered a double brain aneurysm in the early morning of June 16, 2014. The man is currently in stable condition, but doctors say his health is in no means back to normal at this time.
Dotson, who serves alongside his wife Laura as an auctioneer on the hit A&E reality show Storage Wars, reportedly began acting out of sorts just after midnight. Although he was asleep at the time, his wife stated that her husband was sleep talking, uttering questions of an odd nature for a short period of time. Eventually the odd behavior stopped, he settled back to sleep and it seemed as though all was well once more. Around seven in the morning, however, Dotson collapsed upon exiting the shower, upon which time Laura Dotson rushed to his side to aid him. She called emergency 911 after becoming aware that her husband was turning blue, and the operator proceeded to assist her in helping Dotson. Upon admittance to the hospital, the auctioneer underwent surgery for two aneurysms, which had occurred behind his eye and inside his neck. The latter aneurysm was reportedly the size of an apricot. Dotson survived the surgery despite doctors informing his wife that there was only a slim chance of survival; between four and twenty percent.
Dotson has been the head auctioneer of Storage Wars since its debut in December 2010. His wife holds the duty of accepting payment for purchased storage units, although she has filled in for Dotson on the show during an occasional absence. As well as starring in Storage Wars, the couple manage a full service auctioneer company located in Riverside, California. The company is entitled American Auctioneers.
Storage Wars became A&E network’s highest rated non-fiction show in its debut year of 2010, averaging an approximate two and a half million viewers. The show garnered around five million viewers for the premiere of its second season, which featured back-to-back all new episodes. This premiere earned the title of highest episode ratings in the history of an A&E show.
Despite getting off to such an outstanding start, however, the show’s reputation came under question in December 2012, when ex-cast member Dave Hester filed a lawsuit against the network. In the suit, he claimed that the entire basis of the show was fake and that producers planted high quality finds in certain lockers in order to script drama and boost ratings. He also alleged that weaker teams were given extra cash in order to purchase lockers they could not normally afford. Hester also claimed wrongful termination. His suit was predominantly unsuccessful, as the network claimed the composition of the show fell under their first amendment rights. However, Hester’s claim to wrongful termination was approved by the Los Angeles Superior Court. In regards to his claims that the show was scripted, representatives for the show insisted that all items uncovered in storage units were the actual items featured on the show. Network producers did admit, however, that most of the units investigated held items that were essentially worthless, and therefore were not featured on the show.
Fan favorite and retired entrepreneur Barry Weiss left the cast at the end of season four, going on to star in his own A&E spinoff, Barry’d Treasure. In this reality series, Weiss travels around the United States in pursuit of rare antiques and collectibles. The show premiered on March 18, 2014.
Dan Dotson is expected to recover from the double brain aneurysm he suffered. However, professionals have advised his wife and loved ones that the Storage Wars star’s road to recovery will not be an easy one.
by Rebecca Grace