Country music singer and former Celebrity Rehab patient Mindy McCready died on Sunday of an apparent suicide. The thirty-seven-year-old mother had a long history of mental health problems and substance abuse. Her boyfriend killed himself less than a month ago.
Mindy is the fifth Celebrity Rehab participant to die since appearing on the reality show, and she is the third from her season. Despite the turmoil endured by several of his patients, Dr. Drew Pinsky still believes that the show can be successful if the participants maintain treatment.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mindy's family and friends.
Reality television star Joey Kovar was found dead on Friday, and his August 18th autopsy report was inconclusive and the cause of death will be determined by pending toxicology reports. Joey struggled with addiction while appearing on The Real World: Hollywood and also did a stint on Celebrity Rehab in 2009.
Hollywood Life is reporting that Joey went to a female friend’s home in Chicago Ridge, Illinois the night before he died. He told her he’d been doing cocaine and asked her to take him to score more drugs. She refused, but she reveals that Joey then took some Viagra and the pair fooled around but did not have sex. Afterwards, Joey’s friend fell asleep, and when she awoke she found him unconscious and bleeding from the nose and ears.
It’s a truly sad story, and our thoughts go out to Joey’s family and friends.
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DID YOU WATCH JOEY ON THE REAL WORLD AND CELEBRITY REHAB?
Joey admitted he had struggled with substance abuse for years and left the show mid-season to enter rehab. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to maintain his sobriety. Following that he appeared on 2010′s Celebrity Rehab where he was described as being addicted to cocaine and ecstasy.
The show’s website details Joey’s history with substance abuse: ”Joey had been abusing massive amounts of alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, meth and, as part of his bodybuilding, steroids since he was a teenager and had come very close to death through an overdose.”
The cast includes Mackenzie Philips of “One Day At A Time Show”, Heidi Fleiss, basketball star Dennis Rodman, country music singer Mindy McCready, America’s Next Top ModelLisa D’Amato, Mike Starr of Alice in Chains fame, Ex-Miss USA Teen Kari Ann Peniche and Real World Hollywood star Joey Kovar, and actor Tom Sizemore.
This should make for an interesting season as Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss used to date, and both had a very rocky relationship. In fact, Tom was sent to jail for physically assaulting Heidi. Another familiar face is that of Kari Ann Peniche, who also appeared on Sex Rehab. Mackenzie Phillips also recently made headlines when she admitted having an incestuous relationship with her father, Rock & Roll legend, John Phillips.
Dr Drew has collaborated again with VH1 to produce a new season of Celebrity Rehab 3. Even though the show will not hit the screen anytime soon, the cast of this series has been revealed. The show will feature the real life experiences of celebrity patients who are presently undergoing detoxification and treatment at the Pasadena recovery center.
The series will air sometime early next year. The celebrities featured in the series are Mackenzie Philips of “One Day At A Time Show”, Heidi Fleiss, basketball star Dennis Rodman, country music singer Mindy McCready, America’s Next Top ModelLisa D’Amato, Mike Starr of Alice in Chains fame, Ex-Miss USA Teen Kari Ann Peniche and Real World Hollywood star Joey Kovar.
The series will feature the treatment process which includes a 21-day program of both group and 1-on-1 therapies. This also includes other non-traditional treatments like art and music.
Along with Dr Drew, the series will also feature familiar faces like counselor Bob Forrest and resident technician Shelly Sprague. This season, Dr. Drew will be adding some other prominent physicians to assist patients on one on one care. We will continue to keep you posted.