It's bad enough that most celebrities are morally-bankrupt narcissists who constantly need their ego boosted by over-the-top stans. But when you're a sick celebrity (even a d-list one) whose clearly suffering from mental problems that go way beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollyweird, the last thing you need is a faux-psychologist like Dr. Drew preying on you, all for his own gain, on national TV. In other words, TV shows like "Celebrity Rehab" that highlight human train-wrecks do no good for people who really need longterm, professional help:
In the wake of the tragic loss of country star Mindy McCready, people are taking notice of the troubling statistic surrounding reality show, "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky."
McCready is the fifth celebrity to have appeared on the show and died shortly after. The country star was cast in season three for ongoing issues with alcohol and taking pills, and took her life on Sunday in an apparent suicide from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On her season of "Celebrity Rehab" alone, two other people succumbed to their addictions. Mike Starr, bassist of the band Alice in Chains, died in 2011 after a drug overdose, and former "Real World" cast member Joey Kovar died in 2012 from opiate intoxication, believed to be in the form of a prescription painkiller he was taking.
From season two - police brutality victim Rodney King died in 2012 after drowning in his swimming pool. King's autopsy revealed he had a mixture of cocaine, alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time, which contributed to his death. And "Grease" actor Jeff Conaway, who was a participant in season one and two, died in 2011 of health complications he apparently contracted from years of substance abuse.
The deaths have shined a spotlight on the VH1 show, and specifically its host Dr. Drew Pinsky. Some, like musician Richard Marx, suggest Pinsky should be held accountable.RELATED: Troubled country music star Mindy McCready, 37, who had affair with ex-Yankee Roger Clemens, kills her dog and then commits suicide
"I think "Dr" Drew Pinsky should change his name to Kevorkian. Same results." Marx wrote on his Twitter page. After receiving some backlash, he amended his claim.