Has Dr Drew Pinsky taken over the title of “Dr Death” from the late Jack Kevorkian?
Sunday”s suicide death of country music star Mindy McCready is the fifth cast member of Pinsky’s “Celebrity Rehab” show to die.
McCready is the latest star to have been treated by Dr Drew and is the third to die from a single season. The troubled country music singer appeared on the VH-1 reality show in 2010 for an addiction to OxyContin and alcohol.
Jeff Conaway, who starred in the movie “Grease” and the hit 70′s show “Taxi” was a two-time participant on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” appearing on the first and second season of the reality show. The actor, who was treated for an addiction to alcohol, cocaine and painkillers on season 1, passed away on May 27, 2011 at age 60 from sepsis, pneumonia, encephalopathy and drug overdose.
Mike Starr, who was the bass player for the rock band “Alice In Chains” appeared on the third season of “Celebrity Rehab in 2010. Starr died on March 8, 2011 from “a prescription-drug overdose,” according to Dr. Drew. He was 44 years old. Starr was treated on the show for an addiction to heroin, methadone, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.
Reality TV star Joey Kovar, who appeared on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2010 — the same season as Mindy McCready — died on Aug. 17, 2012 at age 29 from opiate intoxication. Kovar was a former bodybuilder and a cast member on MTV’s “The Real World: Hollywood” in 2008. The troubled celebrity was treated on the show for cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol, methamphetamines and steroids addiction.
The man who’s roadside beating sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was on season 2 of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”. Rodney King was treated by Pinsky in 2008 for an addiction to alcohol. King died on June 17, 2012 after he was found lying face down in a swimming pool with alcohol, cocaine and marijuana in his system.
We’re not saying Dr Drew is to blame for the untimely deaths of these troubled celebrities, but with it’s former cast members dropping like flies, what celebrity in his right mind would want to go on the show?
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