The tragic death of 37 year old country singer Mindy McCready marks the fifth “Celebrity Rehab” patient to pass away in the span of two years. McCready died on Sunday night from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. This news comes a month following the suicide of her long-time boyfriend, and father to her youngest son, David Wilson.
“Celebrity Rehab” host Dr. Drew Pinsky issued the following statement: “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 a 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.”
McCready appeared in the third season of the reality show to seek treatment for alcohol and prescription drug abuse. Appearing in the same season as McCready was former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who died from prescription drug overdose two years ago, and “Real World” castmate Joey Kovar who died of an opiate overdose last year.
“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,” Dr. Drew continued in his statement. “Treatment is effective. If someone you know is suffering please be sure he or she gets help and maintains treatment.”
“Celebrity Rehab” has been benched by VH1 after receiving criticism over the number of patient deaths in the recent years, but it has not yet officially been cancelled.