Feb 18, 2013 No Comments ›› Dinah Tellya
“I think “Dr” Drew Pinsky should change his name to Kevorkian. Same results.” – Musician Richard Marx
Excerpted from Mediaite: The news of troubled country star Mindy McCready brings up “troubling statistics” about Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s celebrity rehab reality TV show, wrote the Daily News this morning.
After she died from an apparent suicide this weekend, the newspaper notes that McCready is now the fifth celebrity to have appeared on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky and died thereafter. McCready was a cast-member for season three, having needed rehabilitation for alcohol and pill addictions.
Her follow co-stars Mike Starr, bassist of the band Alice in Chains, and Joey Kovar, former Real World cast member, have both died from drug overdoses since their appearances on the show.
Other celeb rehab stars who’ve died include Rodney King, who drowned in his swimming pool last year while heavily intoxicated; and former Grease star Jeff Conaway, who died after years of substance abuse.
Excerpted from NY Morning News: In the wake of the tragic loss of country star Mindy McCready, people are taking notice of the troubling statistic surrounding reality show, “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky.”
McCready is the fifth celebrity to have appeared on the show and died shortly after. The country star was cast in season three for ongoing issues with alcohol and taking pills, and took her life on Sunday in an apparent suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The deaths have shined a spotlight on the VH1 show, and specifically its host Dr. Drew Pinsky. Some, like musician Richard Marx, suggest Pinsky should be held accountable.
“I think “Dr” Drew Pinsky should change his name to Kevorkian. Same results.” Marx wrote on his Twitter page. After receiving some backlash, he amended his claim.