Dr. Drew Pinsky–host of Celebrity Rehab–learned of Mindy McCready’s death on Sunday and no doubt felt the same kind of sorrow everyone felt upon hearing of her tragic passing. Her suicide, however, marks the fifth former Celebrity Rehab star to have taken his or her own life.
According to a report from ET, Pinsky reached out to the country singer in recent weeks.
“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 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,” he says.
In addition to Mindy McCready, four other former Celebrity Rehab patients have committed suicide in recent years. Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr died of a prescription drug overdose in March of 2011. He was 44. Grease actor Jeff Conaway died of an overdose in May of 2011 at the age of 60. Rodney King, 47-year-old L.A. police brutality victim, died this past June of what investigators say was an accidental drowning, but it’s believed to have been caused from a drug overdose. And Real World star Joey Kovar died at just 29 years old this past August from ‘opiate intoxication.’
In spite of these five deaths, Celebrity Rehab will premiere a new season–its fifth–on September 16th. Might Pinsky initiate a special segment on suicide prevention during the fifth season of the show?
Of course there are always risks when dealing with patients who abuse their bodies, but suicide is the ultimate abuse, and not always a surprising outcome for those caught up in the throes of addiction. It must be hard for Pinsky to work with these rehab patients and watch them lose their battles and their lives.
What kind of impact do you suppose Mindy McCready’s and the rest of the Celebrity Rehab patient’s deaths have had on Dr. Drew?
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