Hollywood Trash

"Celebrity Rehab" Is Over, After Only Five Deaths!


If you were wondering:  How many people have to die before "Celebrity Rehab" gets taken off the air . . . the answer is:  FIVE.  (Finally.  It only took three deaths for HBO to cancel "Luck", and those were just horses.)  DR. DREW PINSKY has announced that he doesn't see himself doing another season, because he's tired of being criticized every time a former patient dies.

He says, "I don't have any plans to do it anymore.  I'm tired of taking all the heat, it's just ridiculous."  Speaking of ridiculous, FIVE celebrities who have been featured on "Celebrity Rehab" have died in the past two years.

They are:

1.  Actor JEFF CONAWAY, who died in 2011 of complications related to pneumonia, and a degenerative brain condition.  His addictions were:  Alcohol, cocaine and painkillers.  He was on Seasons One and Two.

2.  Police brutality victim RODNEY KING, who died in 2012 of "accidental drowning."  His addictions were:  Alcohol and cocaine, which were both found in his system at the time of his drowning.  He was on Season Two.

3.  JOEY KOVAR from "Real World: Hollywood".  He also died last year, of accidental opiate intoxication.  His addictions were:  Alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine and steroids.  He was on Season Three.

4.  ALICE IN CHAINS bassist MIKE STARR, who died of a prescription drug overdose in 2011.  His addictions were:  Heroin, methadone, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.  He was on Season Three

5.  Country singer MINDY MCCREADY, who committed suicide earlier this year.  Her addictions were:  OxyContin and alcohol.  She was on Season Three.

Obviously, this is NOT a good track record, but poor Dr. Drew says it's not his fault, and that these people died because they had serious problems.  

Dr. Drew says, "I'm tired.  It's very stressful and very intense for me.  And to have people questioning my motives and taking aim at me because people get sick and die, because they have a life threatening disease, then I have to take blame for that?  Rodney King has a heart attack and I have to take blame for that?  That's really what is happening these days.  Treating addiction is treating addiction and we had a program that was second to none.  We could handle anything, the sickest patients we would take.  And we were good.  We did it for 20 years.  That's enough."