Buellton Medical Center Announces Passing of Local Doctor

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Dr. Van Valin (Photo: Buellton Medical Center)

By edhat staff

The Buellton Medical Center announced Dr. William B. Van Valin II, also known as Barney, passed away on Saturday, January 4.

Dr. Van Valin was born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valle and worked at the Buellton Medical Clinic and Center since 2004. 

"He loved his hometown... He was a good man and a great doctor; he will be greatly missed by all his patients and all the people that knew him," stated the Medical Center.

Van Valin published a book about his friendship with the late pop star and Santa Ynez Valley resident Michael Jackson titled "Conversations in Neverland with Michael Jackson." The doctor was ordered to testify in 2013 in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson's family. 

The Medical Center stated they are not disclosing any further information out of respect and compassion for his family.

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a-1590628164 Jan 10, 2020 02:51 PM
Buellton Medical Center Announces Passing of Local Doctor

Why the odd zero news about what happened to Dr. Van Valin? Something is fishy here, IMO. By now, a week after his death, the cause is always listed. Seeing as he was so well known in this county due mainly to his relationship with Michael Jackson, it is very strange. Hmmmm

a-1590628164 Jan 10, 2020 04:20 PM
Buellton Medical Center Announces Passing of Local Doctor

I did not know this man but he appears to be well loved in the community. Regardless of my personal opinions about Michael Jackson (he's gross), according to online documents Dr Valin was recently disciplined for illegally prescribing pain meds.

a-1590628164 Jan 10, 2020 03:01 PM
Buellton Medical Center Announces Passing of Local Doctor

@2:51 - "The Medical Center stated they are not disclosing any further information out of respect and compassion for his family." Again.... "out of respect and compassion for his family." Also, it's none of our business.

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