Mindy McCready is Fifth Dr. Drew Patient to Have Kicked the Bucket

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from www.billboard.com – Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated Mindy McCready on his VH1 show “Celebrity Rehab” — which has now experienced five deaths among cast-members over the years — says he reached out to the country singer in the past month after hearing of her boyfriend’s death.

“She was devastated,” he says of her reaction to the Jan. 13 death of record producer David Wilson, the father of her now-orphaned son Zayne.

“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. “Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment.”

McCready died Sunday afternoon at her home in Arkansas of an apparent suicide at the age of 37.

Pinsky calls McCready a “lovely woman who will be missed by many.”

The singer was a part of the series’ third season, which has now suffered three deaths — after Alice in Chains’ Mike Starr and “Real World” alum Joey Kovar of unrelated drug overdoses in the past two years. From the second season, “Grease” actor Jeff Conaway and Rodney King have also died.

The reality show centers on Dr. Drew and his staff at the Pasadena Recovery Center, where groups of celebrities of varying degrees of fame have sought treatment for addiction over five seasons. In all, 41 celebrities have participated, with Conaway and ex-Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler appearing in two seasons apiece.

A sixth installment of the show shifted the focus to non-celebrities and was known as “Rehab With Dr. Drew.”

Read Dr. Drew’s full statement (via Buzzfeed):

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. 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.

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