I think "Dr" Drew Pinsky should change his name to Kevorkian. Same results.—
Richard Marx (@richardmarx) February 18, 2013
Singer Richard Marx subsequently deleted the tweet and apologized for going “too far.”
But, his point is something others are bringing up on Twitter today. As we reported this morning, country star Mindy McCready died last night, in an apparent suicide. Her last tweets were haunting, and Twitter quickly rallied to mourn her loss. Her death is now sparking a conversation about Dr. Drew Pinsky and his reality show, “Celebrity Rehab.”
Ms. McCready appeared on that show, and she isn’t the only cast member who has died.
It is actually five.
Three cast members from her season alone have now died.
Richard Marx continued to question Dr. Drew’s reality-show-based treatments.
Some point out that deaths from drug addiction aren’t suprising, sadly.
“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.”
Readers can judge the statement for themselves. But, many on Twitter agree with Richard Marx, and question the efficacy of Dr. Drew and his public, reality-show based rehab.
Exploitation for profit at what expense?
To Ms. McCready’s family, and her two young, and now motherless children, it’s clearly not a joke.
Our prayers continue to be with her loved ones.