Dr. Drew Officially Is The Grim Reaper; Another "Celebrity Rehab"-er Bites The Dust

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In what can only (and extremely sarcastically) be described as a staggering loss for humanity, "Celebrity Rehab" alum Joey Kovar has reportedly died from a drug overdose outside of Chicago.

This puts the tally of dead Celebrity Rehab "stars" at three.

If you're unfamiliar with "Celebrity Rehab," it's a reality show where former "Love Line" host Dr. Drew Pinsky exploits the addictions of washed up celebrities to get ratings. Considering those on the show are all drug addicts -- and ego-maniacal ex-celebs -- it makes for some entertaining, mindless television.

Simply put: it's like watching one train wreck after another -- and it's awesome.

Kovar starred in "Real World: Hollywood" in 2008, but left mid-season to head off to rehab to treat cocaine and ecstasy addictions.

TMZ reports that he was found by a female friend with "blood coming out of his ears and nose." The gossip site also reports that friends and family suspect drugs are to blame (umm...no shit).

As we mentioned, Kovar is now the third former "Celebrity Rehab" alum to kick the bucket in the last 18 months.

In June, former "Rehab" "star"/LAPD punching bag Rodney King was found drowned in his pool after a night of drinking and smoking weed.

In March 2011, former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr overdosed on prescription pills.

Their chemical dependencies aside, the aforementioned dead guys all had one thing in common: they sought treatment from Dr. Drew -- and opted to let the world watch them fail.

Moral of the story: Dr. Drew (with the help of cocaine, prescription pills, booze and weed) is the Grim fucking Reaper.
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razberysorbet
razberysorbet

you forgot about jeff conway, thats a total of four.

pgus44
pgus44

Man, that's stretching the concept of "celebrity." Also, ecstasy addiction?

Phxsolo
Phxsolo

Drew Pinsky is  a self absorbed "Pimp" of troubled souls. He exploits peoples' problems for his own benefit.  He should not be allowed to call himself a doctor.  I watched Celebrity Rehab when Mike Starr was on and it was disturbing to watch Heidi Fleiss and Tom Sizemore  play out their dysfunctional drama. I do not think any doctor would have the two of them in Rehab together after the abusive past they share. After enduring their BS for as long as he could, Starr lost his temper and went off on Sizemore, only to be told be Pinskey that he was wrong and had to apologize.  This is all while he is trying to kick a heroin addiction. It was really painful to watch. When Starr fell off the wagon the camera was right there with him as he traveled across town to get drugs.  Where was the Doctor then?

 

 Pinskey frequently has characters that glorify drug and/or sex addiction. The same thing on Teen Mom.  Doesn't he think young girls see that as cool. Being a young Mom on TV. On "Love Line" he frequently  belittles callers. He acts like it is some kind of major personality flaw to get nervous talking on the radio. He is arrogant and  extremely rude.  I am surprised he is so popular and I am more surprised that he is allowed to do these shows.

SuperHero
SuperHero

The point of the show is to create awareness so people can get help. Dr Drew's been around a while, he does this for a living even before he was famous. What a stupid article, you should be fired!

KatiH
KatiH

I lived in NYC for a few years, and worked some pretty low level media/publishing type jobs (tho nothing so prestigious as the voice) so I understand that cynicism comes before compassion in the industry; but my goodness, this article.   A real person has died because their addictions ran out of control- James, I'm almost positive that you know a person or know of people who have struggled like this- its everywhere in NY.  I'm not saying to censor yourself, but the first line- "In what can only (and extremely sarcastically) be described as a staggering loss for humanity"- screams of disrespect for the deceased and also for the power of addiction to destroy lives.   You're obviously intelligent and talented, but hopefully as time passes, you'll come to regret the tone of this article.

jonathan.nyc
jonathan.nyc topcommenter

I remember on Love Line, Dr. Drew never hesitated to presume callers had  been abused when they were young.  

 

That was so annoying, I've avoided watching him ever since. 

 

To be fair, his effectiveness ad a drug counsellor should be assessed statistically, not anecdotally.  (James King, you may need to learn what that means.) 

eds21
eds21

King, you are reckless in your assessment of Drew Pinsky.  What a foolish article.

lthompson80
lthompson80

This has nothing to do with Dr. Drew - drug addicts have a high mortality rate/chance of relapsing anyway, even if they get treatment, no matter who is treating them.  Given that he treats, what, 10 addicts a season? His record so far is not that bad - 4 deaths (including Conaway) of people who were already on death's doorstep to begin.  And Steven Adler is still alive - that guy should have kicked it a while ago - he should consider that one a victory.

babsgee
babsgee

your math is off ...  the total is now four, if you count Jeff Conaway

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