Mindy McCready’s death sparks ‘Celebrity Rehab’ backlash; Richard Marx likens Dr. Drew to Kevorkian


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.

Dr. Drew gave a statement to 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.”

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.


  • http://twitter.com/__abstraction__ An Abstraction

    SQUEEEEEEE!!! Check it out – another non-story by the overpaid and bored Twitchy “staff”….. bless your hearts!

    • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

      Another non-relevant comment from you.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      It happened on Twitter. Twitchy displays what is on Twitter. Critical thinking is hard……aren’t you special.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      So we can expect your complete departure soon?

    • RightThinking1

      See? If we just drilled for more oil, you could lubricate yourself and get rid of that annoying screeching noise. Easily worth it.

  • http://twitter.com/KALKAM71 KALKAM

    Not to be cold blooded here but…

    Who made the decision to get hooked in the first place?

    It wasn’t Dr. Drew…

    • http://twitter.com/__abstraction__ An Abstraction

      Amen. If only she would have found Jesus Christ everything would have turned out great….. the only downside is she would still be churning out craptastic “country” music……… yeee-haawwwww!

      • ZoriahShepard

        The compassion is just oozing from your pores.

        • http://twitter.com/__abstraction__ An Abstraction

          Well bless your little heart!

          • ZoriahShepard

            Careful – someone might mistake that for sincerity and then what will you do?

          • http://www.facebook.com/noah.lee3 Noah Lee

            what’samatta you? not enough crack today? grumpy b/c you had give a few handies for drug money? inquiring minds….actually we don’t sive a ghit. bless you!

          • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.dean.564 Lisa Dean

            No, bless your heart

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        Enjoy grave dancing, do you?

      • 2ifbyT

        I’d say you are a douchebag, but that would be an insult to douchebags.

      • bo1921

        Apparently you’re not familiar with the Bible
        verse about reaping what you sow.

      • SpinMeNot

        Ah yes, the tolerant, compassionate left …

    • Alex Pelton

      No one makes a decision and says “Hey guess what, I’m gonna go get so hooked on heroin that I’m gonna sell my body, steal from my family, and ruin my life.” Once you realize you have a problem then yeah, its on you to get help and you cant blame anyone else. But honestly, “decision” to get hooked? The only decision you can make when you get addicted is to choice whether or not you’re gonna get help.

      • Zanshi

        Heroin hooks people immediately. It was most definitely her decision to try it.

      • CherDash

        They make the decision to do the drugs in the first place. Everyone knows before they do the drugs that there is every possibility of getting hooked.

    • Garth Haycock

      Exactly. And Richard Marx has no room to comment about anything considering he has foisted upon humanity some of the worst music known to mankind.

  • Larry Casey

    Where do they find all the emotionally healthy folks to go on celeb rehab?

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    Drug/Alcohol Addictions some times are the result of escaping from Drama/pressure in ones life. While its great for one to acknowledge their addiction, doing so in a reality TV show brings drama/pressure that caused the person to escape from reality to begin with.
    Might be vicious circle, just my opinion.

  • my2centshere

    Because Dr Drew has dedicated his life to help people that are addicted, he is now responsible for the addiction?

    • Red Fred

      Exactly. It clearly is not an easy task to assist someone on the road to recovery, then have them step off the path to self destruction. I applaud him for all he has done to help those who refused help elsewhere. Sadly there will be losses along the way, but my hope is that he continues his good work in the behalf of those seeking a new start. In 2003 Drug Court findings, within 2 years the recidivism rate ranged from 30-48%.

    • justlittlolme

      No….but he IS responsible for using their misery for his own, personal gain.

      • my2centshere

        Trying to show a picture of how real addiction shatters lives as a cautionary tale somehow makes him at fault?

        • justlittlolme

          So he uses real, live celebrities with real, documented mental issues as pictures in his narrative not knowing if it will help some confused member of the huddled masses in some totally ambiguous fashion? How does he know it won’t make things worse for some low-info voter? “Oh! So-and-so does coke and so do I…she does OxyContin, too, so will I! “
          You can sugar coat it all you like, but he’s using the celebrities to supply the voyeuristic thrill our society has become addicted to, and assuredly being paid quite well for his role in that circus. If he was any kind of ‘doctor’ his first priority should be the welfare of his patients. From the looks of it, he’s not doing so hot.

        • americandavey

          Ask any doctor, what is more important, trying to help those that need help or padding your wallet on their misery. Fact is these so called celebrities could not handle the fame in the first place, why do it to them again? Is Dr. Drew/VH1 is totally to blame? No! The person who killed them-self is also to blame. Look at the people on that show that are still alive. Did it really help them, or they still on that destructive path? As the poster said in this comment section. That show is about entertainment, if it wasn’t Viacom wouldn’t have it on their networks.

      • Garth Haycock

        So has Richard Marx. He writes horrible music that makes lovelorn fools think it’s good. He’s stolen millions from them over the years.

  • sleazyrider

    Jails…Institutions….Death…all part of the cycle…I can assure you, hundreds die daily…even the no names..

  • orringtonmom (D)

    she was fearful of stigma and ridicule… exactly the type of client for celebrity rehab. bravo. i don’t blame dr. drew, but… how could any of that show be considered good medical practice?

  • Conrad2010

    Before passing judgement on someone for taking their life. We need to walk in their shoes for a while in order to feel their pain.

  • sleazyrider

    And you’re relevant?

  • cherie

    Ask anyone in recovery or who has been introduced to recovery where most people with an addiction end up and that is the answer you will get. It’s common knowledge and we also know that it’s possible each and every time we choose to use again. I highly doubt that anyone from Rehab would agree with any of you that want to blame a reality show or a doctor that OBVIOUSLY cares about his patients and if you would do a bit more digging you will see that it was never Dr. Drew’s vision for the show for it to be celebrity’s, but let’s face it-WE LOVE REALITY SHOWS SO MUCH that this is where we’ve gone and it has always been and will always be a disgusting fact that should shame all of us. If there had been no demand for this type of show, it would never exist just like all of the so-called “new” movies now out digitally remastered or put into 3-D…it’s the demand that VH1 and all the others are supplying….so if you think it’s not working, stop watching. On a more personal note, my heart-felt prayers go out to the families that now have to carry on without their loved ones and most of all to the children who were robbed of their childhood and family.

  • http://twitter.com/maplebob23 Fake Obama Follower

    If it is suicide, then the only person responsible is the person who committed the act. If you think Dr Drew’s show should be taken off the air, don’t watch it.

    You might as well try to draw a connection between Gwyneth Paltrow and her awful Country Strong for glamorizing the suicide of a blond country star.

  • trixiewoobeans

    Addicts die…all the time. This looks to me (having been an addict) like somebody who couldn’t live with it, and couldn’t live without it, so took the only way out they could see.

  • ZoriahShepard

    Dr. Drew hadn’t been Mindy’s doctor for a few years now. Once again, low information public is attempting to place blame where it doesn’t belong. Mindy had problems before, during and obviously after Celeb Rehab. Dr. Drew isn’t a miracle worker. He can only give his patients the tools. The will and determination must come from them. It appears McCready just wasn’t strong enough, and that’s the sad truth.

    • xjesterx

      BINGO!!! Exactly right answer.

  • itsatax

    Maybe putting it on TV is exploitation, but addicts are on track to kill themselves. That’s the default result. The rate of failure of counseling is always going to be high, and addicts will continue to die whether on TV or not. It’ll be counter-productive to start blaming the counselors when people die. and when people get serious about quitting is the most dangerous time. Trust me on that one. If you have a loved one cleaning up, keep a closer eye on them than ever before. “He seemed to be doing so well” is what you usually hear.

  • http://twitter.com/lazypadawan lazypadawan

    I did read a book Dr. Drew wrote a few years ago about narcissism and in it he explains why it’s especially difficult for famous people to overcome their addictions. They are more narcissistic than most of us and more resistant to treatment. He noted that music biz addicts were the hardest to treat.

    • RightThinking1

      Harder than politicians? One wonders…

  • notenoughtime

    The outcome from rehab and long term drug use often is loss of life. Do not think this can be on Dr. Drew’s shoulders since most addicts relapse and have more problems than any one person can treat. But do wonder if once the cameras stopped rolling, if Dr. Drew stopped treating?

  • http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

    Celebrity is the opposite of anonymity. Dr. Drew should KNOW that. Principles before personalities, ego deflation and anonymity, is the fundamental spiritual basis for recovery. Dr. Drew should KNOW that. Having these drama addicts act out their drama on TV is the opposite of what they should be doing, which is being modest and getting used to real life…

    • http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

      “Celebrity Rehab” aggravates the core problem

    • http://ClashDaily.com/ Donald Joy

      They need to be undergoing ego deflation, not more drama and being the center of attention on TV, etc.

    • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

      But then again it shines a light on addiction and can potentially help people with addiction to get help. I don’t see how dealing with addiction on TV could inflate someone’s ego when it is not a very flattering process.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    Addicts regress back into old habits constantly after they leave rehab, that is why people like Lindsey Lohan go back multiple times. It is the nature of addiction. Doctors can only do so much, ultimately it has to be the patient that makes the decision to get their life on track. Playing the blame game with people who were trying to help won’t solve anything, she had been off the show for years when this happened.

  • kayakingfatso

    It’s ridiculous to blame Dr. Drew for this woman’s suicide. From what I remember, she’d been troubled for a very long time. While I’ve only watched the show a handful of times when it first aired, I think it showed people, mostly young adults, that even our idols aren’t perfect; addiction can happen to anybody. I have no idea now what road the show has taken. If blame must be placed, it should be placed on Mindy McCready.

  • sleazyrider

    Its an inside job…abstinence and faith are necessary…

  • ember

    How many times had she already been through rehab? What has to happen to get someone who’s as addicted to showbiz as they are to chemicals to agree to yet another rehab? I can see where a reality show about rehab appeals to those who have done the show. Frankly, the few hours I’ve watched have brought me to tears. I don’t laugh and make fun of those poor people. My heart breaks for them. I’ve even thought that clips from the show should be shown to high schoolers as a deterrent to use. But, who’s to say that those same 5 people wouldn’t have died without having done the show. Only, we’d have never known it. Are their any stats on rehab, addiction, and death??? Maybe 5 isn’t has high as we might think.

  • Eric Schmitt

    i’m not going to comment on whether or not Dr. Drew is a good doctor, but maybe we should think about if treatment of mental illness should be entertainment.

  • http://www.unifiedpatriots.com/ JadedByPolitics

    Bottom line is the success of any “rehab” if 50/50 at best, some better then others, to suggest this man is somehow the reason 5 people couldn’t grasp the 12 steps to recovery is just beyond the pale but nothing new for the low information idiot!

  • Brian Roastbeef

    I’m not interested in Dr. Drew one way or the other, but can’t exactly buy into this backlash specifically against him. Look at what the man does: he’s approaching those already deeply troubled with bad habits, and who in most cases are famous and wealthy enough to afford their old bad habits once it is time for them to step away from his supervision. Rehab is a difficult haul for the most dedicated, and for those without any choice. It’s a lifelong struggle with a sadly high percentage of failure at any level. In Dr. Drew’s case, the saddest failures are those notable enough to make news headlines…

  • bo1921

    I’ve heard the left tell us for years that drugs are a victimless crime. Tell that to the countless family members who’ve lost loved ones to drugs.

  • http://www.sarainitalyblog.blogspot.com/ sarainitaly

    I think anyone appearing on that show has hit the bottom of the pile of rocks- rock bottom, most likely already been in rehab numerous times…. For many of them, it’s either dr. Drew, jail or a coffin at that point. Totally exploitative, but i’m sure they have to do it to pay bills, too.

  • Michelle

    Some make it, some don’t. That’s the cold hard truth. A person could be treated by a team of the best recovery doctors in the world, but it’s up to the addict and only the addict as to whether or not they will use that help and turn their lives around. You have to want recovery more than anything in the world, you have to be willing to go to any lengths to get it. I don’t agree with a reality show of celeb addicts, but I do believe Dr. Drew offers them the best help they can get. It’s NOT his fault when they don’t stick with it. Help was handed to me 25 yrs ago, I grasped it with everything in me and turned my life around. Why me and not her? Only God can answer that, and it’s not for any of us to judge. I will never, ever judge a person who dies as the result of their alcoholism or drug addiction, that could have so easily have been me. By the grace of God, I’ve not been in those shoes for 25 yrs, but I will never forget what it’s like to wear them.

    • nc

      God bless you for your recovery, I can never imagine what kind of hell addiction must be like. But it seems like the recovery process must be an additional burden if it attempted in public, on camera, even with the best doctors. I hope they rethink these type of shows.

  • Lia Markham

    Dr. Drew was a joke BEFORE “Celebrity Rehab,” but this is really his baby. He used to team up with Adam Corolla doing a radio show called, “Love Line,” which should’ve been renamed, “Sex Line” since there was nothing loving about it. His forms of rehab for reality TV have given me pause. The one that really got to me the most was Jani Lane from Warrant. He had so much trouble with addiction. Perhaps he knew he needed help, but this so-called “cure” wasn’t so good.

    God bless Mindy McCready’s family.

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    Imagine that, a medical or psychological treatment without a guarantee. That’s as real as it gets.

  • Red Fred

    Since Richard Marx clearly has concern for those with addictions, maybe he could put his money where his mouth is and open some rehab centers to assist people on their road to recovery instead of blasting the ones doing the work.