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Mindy McCready Is Fifth 'Celebrity Rehab' Star To Die In Two Years

With her apparent suicide on Sunday, Mindy McCready became the fifth 'Celebrity Rehab' cast member to die in the last two years.

The country singer, who battled an addiction to pills and alochol, appeared on the third season of Dr. Drew's 'Celebrity Rehab'.

But how much the show and Dr. Drew Pinsky helped is highly debatable. She is in fact the third person to die from her season, which featured nine people in all. Mike Starr of Alice in Chains died in 2011 of an overdose, and 'Real World's Joey Kovar died in August 2012 from opiate intoxication

"I am deeply saddened by this awful news," Dr. Drew says in a statement. "My heart goes out to Mindy's family and children. She is a lovely woman who will be missed by many."

Pinsky says he hadn't treated her in a "few years" and blames her for not getting the right treatment even though that's exactly what his VH1 'Rehab' show should have done.

"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. Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment."

"Mental health issues can be life threatening and need to be treated with the same intensity and resources as any other dangerous potentially life threatening medical condition."

"Treatment is effective. If someone you know is suffering, please be sure he or she gets help and maintains treatment."

Ironically, just days before her death, Mindy McCready made a suicide-prevention song and video dedicated to her deceased boyfriend David Wilson.

February 19, 2013 |

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