On Feb. 17, 2013, country star Mindy McCready, 37, was found dead on the front porch of her Heber Springs, Ark. home of an apparent suicide. She is the sixth person to appear on a VH1 reality show dealing with self-improvement and rehabilitation to die in the past two years.
The troubled singer appeared on the network’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2010. Her stint on the show was memorable because while filming, she experienced a horrifying seizure that sent her to the hospital. She recovered and thanked Dr. Drew Pinsky for saving her life.
View slideshow: Photos of Country Star Mindy McCready, Who Was Found Dead of Apparent Suicide on Feb. 17, 2013
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, 46, was the first of the “Celebrity Rehab” cast to die of a prescription drug overdose in Mar. 2011, reports Yahoo Music. He appeared with McCready on the third season of the reality show and for a time, it looked like he was making strides in his life, which he demonstrated when he showed up in Season 4 to give a pep talk to the latest cast of celebrities seeking help.
Only two months later, actor Jeff Conaway (“Grease,” “Taxi”) died of pneumonia caused by aspirating medications into his lungs, reports Yahoo. The 60 year old was on both the first and second seasons of “Celebrity Rehab” for an addiction to painkillers he developed after a back injury and subsequent surgeries.
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In June 2012, Rodney King, who was on Season 2 of the show, died after drowning in his swimming pool. According to Yahoo, he went into cardiac arrest after ingesting alcohol and weed. King was 47.
The youngest of the “Celebrity Rehab” cast to die so far is Joey Kovar (“Real World”), 29, who passed away from opiate intoxication only months after King died. He appeared on the third season of the VH1 show, seeking help for his addiction to alcohol, steroids, and other drugs.
In 2011, Jani Lane, 47, front man for the 80’s rock group Warrant, died from acute alcohol poisoning. Six years earlier, in 2005, Lane appeared on the VH1 reality series “Celebrity Fit Club” to lose weight and apparently start living a clean and healthy life.
Dr. Drew Pinsky released a statement on Sunday night regarding McCready and her death, which read in part, “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.”
He noted that although he had not treated the country singer for several years, he reached out to her after the recent apparent suicide of her boyfriend and the father of her youngest child, David Wilson, and found McCready “was devastated.”
He also stated that if “you know someone who is suffering please be sure he or she gets help and maintains treatment.”