Mindy McCready's tragic death on Sunday makes her the fifth Celebrity Rehab patient to have died after appearing on the show. So, how did the show's leader, Dr. Drew, react to the recent news?
The celebrity doctor told Buzz Feed 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. 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."
However, McCready, who died at age 37, did not seek help and for that matter, neither did former Celeb Rehab member and Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr, who passed away in March 2011 at age 44 due to a prescription drug overdose.
Then, in May 2011 Grease actor Jeff Conaway died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 60. Up next, police brutality victim Rodney King passed away in June 2012 at age 47 of "accidental drowning" that was believed to be caused from drug use. Then, Real World star Joey Kovar was found dead in August 2012 in Chicago. He passed away at age 29, with his cause of death said to be from "opiate intoxication."
Despite five deaths, the VH1 reality series is said to return for a fifth season on Sept. 16, according to the show's website.
Should Celebrity Rehab still be on the air? Is the show to blame?