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'Celebrity Rehab' Death Toll Up to Five

Celebrity Rehab is a now defunct reality show where celebrities were treated for alcohol and drug addiction by Dr. Drew Pinsky and his staff at the Pasadena Recovery Center in Pasadena, California. After five years of filming, the show shifted to non-celebs (most likely to avoid the ridicule and publicity of being unable to help all of the clients.)

Mindy McCready is the fifth celebrity who appeared on the show who has died. Dr. Drew released a statement about her death saying,

“I am deeply saddened by this awful news. My heart goes out to Mindy’s family and children. She is a lovely woman who will be missed by many. Although I have not treated her for a few years, I had reached out to her recently upon hearing about the apparent suicide of her boyfriend and father of her younger children. She was devastated. Although she was fearful of stigma and ridicule she agreed with me that she needed to make her health and safety a priority. Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment.”

McCready was a part of the series’ third season, which has now suffered three deaths including ‘After Alice in Chains’ Mike Starr and “Real World” alum Joey Kovar of unrelated drug overdoses in the past two years. From the second season, “Grease” actor Jeff Conaway and Rodney King have also died.


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