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Richard Marx Slams Dr. Drew Over Mindy McCready's Death

2/19/2013 2:40pm EST
Richard Marx
Rocker Richard Marx has taken aim at TV doctor Drew Pinsky for failing to help his former patient, embattled singer Mindy McCready, following her apparent suicide on Sunday.

The deeply troubled country musician became the fifth of Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab clients to die after appearing on the show to battle substance abuse issues, and Marx is convinced their TV treatment did nothing to actually help the tragic stars.

The singer/songwriter lashed out at Pinsky via after hearing the news of McCready's death, comparing the medic to controversial assisted suicide advocate Jack...

Mindy McCready Is Fifth Star From 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew' To Die

2/18/2013 5:37pm EST
Mindy McCready
Country music singer Mindy McCready's death on Sunday marks the fifth time that a troubled star who appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew has died.

McCready was found on the porch of her rural Arkansas home on Sunday, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound just weeks after her two children were taken away from her and put in a foster home.

According to the Associated Press, the singer reportedly threatened to kill herself after losing custody of her boys, Zander, 6, and Zayne, 10 months.

McCready was cast on the third season of the show in 2009, one of nine stars suff...

Bonnie Pointer Arrested For Controlled Substance Possession

11/18/2011 2:33pm EST
Bonnie Pointer
Singer Bonnie Pointer was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday on suspicion of substance possession, according to a report.

The Pointer Sisters star was taken into custody in the early hours for felony possession of an unknown controlled substance.

She was released four hours later after posting $10,000 bail, reports

The Slow Hand singer has a long history of drug abuse and reportedly once sought help from Celebrity Rehab TV counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Maria Menounos Plans On Freezing Her Eggs

9/22/2011 10:07pm EDT
Maria Menounos
Beauty queen-turned-international TV personality Maria Menounos has announced she's freezing her eggs to make sure she can be a mom once she has achieved all her career goals.

The pretty Greek-American, who hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in Athens in 2006 and currently presents evening news show Extra, has gone public with her baby plans in a taped interview with top TV medic Dr. Drew Pinsky for his Lifechangers show.

She told him, "I'm 33 and I decided that I know that I have a couple of years of work I want to get to and then do it (become a mom). I figured this is kind of an insura...

Dr. Drew Clarifies His Feelings On Amy Winehouse, Jeff Conaway

8/15/2011 10:26am EDT
Between Celebrity Rehab and his HLN show on CNN, Dr. Drew Pinsky has said a lot about celebrities struggling with addiction in the public eye. After introducing his new show, Dr. Drew’s Life Changers on The CW to the Television Critics Association, Pinsky clarified how the subject of Amy Winehouse came up on HLN.

“Just so you know what happened, people have missed the actual fact, Janice Dickinson was on my HLN show,” Pinsky said. “We were doing a panel on addiction and she all of a sudden blurted out and started crying that she had given Amy my number, she was trying to call me, she said ...

Cast Of 'Celebrity Rehab' Season 5 Announced

6/8/2011 8:15am EDT
Celebrity Rehab
Blade Runner actress Sean Young, Lindsay Lohan's father Michael and former Guns N' Roses rocker Steven Adler are among the stars checking into the next series of Celebrity Rehab.

Joining the trio on the reality TV show, hosted by celebrity counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky, will be The Crow star Bai Ling and Baywatch bad boy Jeremy Jackson as well as Amy Fisher.

Lohan recently made headlines when he announced he would open his own rehabilitation center, while Young has struggled with alcohol abuse issues in the past. Adler follows his pal Mike Starr who appeared on Celebrity Rehab last year . Th...

'Grease' & 'Taxi' Star Jeff Conaway Dies At 60

5/27/2011 3:08pm EDT
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has died, a day after he was taken off life support. He was 60.

Conaway was hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his California home.

The actor's spokesman Phil Brock recently revealed he was found with a cocktail of "painkillers and cold medicine in his system", and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection.

He remained in a coma and his family decided to switch off his life support machine on Thursday after medics admitted h...

Dr. Drew: 'Jeff Conaway Did Not Overdose'

5/22/2011 4:00pm EDT
Taxi star Jeff Conaway is in a "tenuous" state in hospital, but did not overdose on painkillers, according to TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky.

The 60 year old, who played rocker Kenickie in the hit 1978 movie musical, has famously battled problems with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, and was admitted to Encino Hospital Medical Center last week.

He has been diagnosed with pneumonia and was unconscious when hospitalized, with rumors suggesting he had taken an overdose of the medication he uses to aid his pain following a fall down a staircase which left him with a broken hip, a fractured n...

Steven Tyler Slams 'Celebrity Rehab'

5/4/2011 11:29am EDT
Steven Tyler
Rocker Steven Tyler has taken aim at Dr. Drew Pinsky and his reality show Celebrity Rehab, insisting the "ghoulish and unreal" series exploited his pal Steven Adler's weaknesses.

The former Guns N' Roses drummer was kicked out of the band in 1989 amid rumors his drug use was hampering his performance, and he has long struggled with his addictions. He was ordered into rehab in 2009 following a 2008 felony drug charge, and his battle to get clean was chronicled on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and its spin-off series Sober House.

However, Tyler has accused TV bosses of giving Adler cash t...

Duff McKagan Slams 'Celebrity Rehab'

4/20/2011 8:34am EDT
Duff McKagan
Rocker Duff McKagan has taken aim at drug counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky's reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab" for exploiting stars in trouble.

The former Guns N' Roses star, who signed up for rehab in a bid to get sober, insists the treatment must be done behind closed doors - not on camera.

McKagan, whose pal Mike Starr recently lost his battle with sobriety and died from an overdose after appearing on the show, tells, "I cringe, I think it's the worst thing for so-called sobriety: 'Hold on, we're having a breakthrough... Wait, we've gotta do make-up!'

"There's a reason it's (reh...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Dr. Drew and LeAnn Rimes

4/8/2011 11:00am EDT
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Shining Star - Dr. Drew: It’s official – an hour of Dr. Drew a day does a network good!

T.V. doc and real-life addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Drew Pinsky, pulled in big numbers this week for the debut of his self-titled show on HLN.

According to Variety, the first episode of “Dr. Drew” on Monday attracted 401,000 viewers, which is 24% higher than the previous four-week average.

The premiere episode of the primetime news/medical/entertainment show featured an interview with rocker Sammy Hagar and diagnosed the antics of Charlie Sheen.

While the good doc may not be able to sustain t...

Sammy Hagar Still 'Angry' Over Van Halen Split

4/5/2011 8:39am EDT
Sammy Hagar
Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is still confused and "angry" about his departure from the band and he's convinced they could have achieved great things if he had stayed on as singer.

Hagar parted company with the Jump hit-makers in 1996 after 11 years as the group's frontman, claiming he'd been fired after a bust-up with founder/guitarist Eddie Van Halen.

He admits he's still furious over the incident, and he's confused as to why he is no longer with the band, as its work rate has slumped since he left.

Hagar tells Dr. Drew, "I don't really know what (Eddie's) whole problem is....

Steven Adler Returns To 'Celebrity Rehab'

3/8/2011 8:29am EST
Steven Adler
Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler is heading back into reality TV rehab - he's signed up for another series of Dr. Drew's hit program.

The musician's battle with drugs reportedly led to him being booted out of the rock band in 1989. He faced his demons by signing up to appear on show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and its spin-off series Sober House in 2008/09 after he was ordered to get help by a judge. And despite kicking his drug habit after stints on the shows, Adler has agreed to go back into rehab to ensure he keeps up his recovery.

On his page, Adler writes, "A...

Heidi Montag Is Not Joining 'Celebrity Rehab'

3/5/2011 9:05am EST
Heidi Montag
Reality TV star Heidi Montag has dismissed reports suggesting she has joined the cast of addiction counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky's show "Celebrity Rehab."

Online gossip linked "The Hills" star to the new season of the show, which features celebrities attempting to deal with all manner of addictions.

One report suggested the blonde had already checked in to Dr. Drew's rehab house in Pasadena, California, earlier this week after struggling with a pill-popping problem.

A source tells, "Heidi was dropped off at the house two days ago by a friend. She is going to be on season five w...

Cast Leak: Michael Lohan Joins 'Celebrity Rehab' Season 5

3/3/2011 3:00pm EST
Michael Lohan
Unfortunately, Charlie Sheen won't be appearing on the new season of "Celebrity Rehab" (now that would be interesting), but has learned that several D-listers are ready to battle their drug and alcohol addictions in front of VH1 cameras.

Lindsay Lohan's father Michael has apparently joined the cast, and his daughter is horrified. LiLo is afraid her dad will embarrass the family. Can that family be embarrassed any more than it already has?

Check out who else is reportedly on board: Former NY Mets pitcher Dwight "Doc" Gooden, White House wedding crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi, a...

'Celebrity Rehab' Star Jason Davis Busted For Drug Possession

1/29/2011 11:00am EST
Jason Davis
Reality TV star and oil heir Jason Davis has been arrested on suspicion of drug possession, a day after declaring he was clean during a live episode of hit reality show Celebrity Rehab.

The grandson of billionaire businessman Marvin Davis was a patient on counsellor-to-the-stars Dr. Drew Pinsky's TV treatment show, which saw him receive help fighting his drink and drug demons at the Pasadena Recovery Center last year.

A live reunion episode of "Celebrity Rehab" aired on Wednesday, when Davis claimed he had managed to stay sober.

But he appears to have slipped back into his wild ways and ...

Dr. Drew Pinsky To Miley Cyrus: 'Get Professional Help'

12/14/2010 7:56am EST
Drew Pinsky
Celebrity drug counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky has urged Miley Cyrus to seek professional help following her bong-smoking scandal - insisting she's "acting out" following the breakdown of her parents' marriage.

The 18-year-old Hannah Montana star sparked outrage on Friday after film footage of her smoking a huge pipe, allegedly containing the legal high Salvia, was posted on

She was subsequently slammed by anti-drugs groups for being a bad role model to her impressionable fans and now Celebrity Rehab host Pinsky has branded Cyrus a "child in trouble" and urges her to seek medical help...

Leif Garrett: 'No One Said No'

10/20/2010 6:16pm EDT
Leif Garrett
Fallen pop star Leif Garrett blames his early fame on his decades-long battle with drug and alcohol addiction - because he had easy access to illegal substances as a teen celebrity.

The 48 year old began his career at the age of five and eventually became a teen addict - at 17, he crashed his car while high on alcohol and Quaaludes, leaving a friend paralyzed. However, the singer is adamant he could have avoided the pitfalls of fame if he had been properly supervised as a young star on the road.

He tells Good Morning America, "My mom didn't understand, you know. It was partially her fau...

Eric Roberts' Insomnia Ended When He Kicked His Weed Addiction

9/24/2010 3:30pm EDT
Eric Roberts
Recovering pot addict Eric Roberts is enjoying the most peaceful nights' sleep he has had in years after discovering his marijuana habit had done nothing to cure his long-running problems with insomnia.

The Expendables star, who is Julia Roberts' brother and the father of actress Emma Roberts, entered a drug rehabilitation facility over the summer in a bid to kick his 16-year weed addiction once and for all. His treatment was documented for the new season of celebrity counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky's reality show Celebrity Rehab and Roberts has now been sober for over two months.

He says, "I...

Lindsay Lohan's Dad Gets Reality Show Green-Light?

9/12/2010 2:06pm EDT
Michael Lohan
Lindsay Lohan's estranged father's online reality show idea is to hit the TV screen.

Michael Lohan's Celebrity House L.A. has been picked up as a syndicated series by TV drug counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky's production company, according to Lohan himself.

He created the idea as a web series and was to star in the venture, which was to chronicle the lives of a group of so-called celebrities living together in a Southampton, New York mansion.

Lohan's ex-girlfriend Kate Major was also attached to star in the project, but it fell apart when they split the week before Lindsay was sentenced to serv...

Emma Roberts Is No Julia

8/10/2010 8:59pm EDT
Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts, niece of "Eat, Pray, Love" star Julia Roberts, showed up at the Teen Choice Awards wearing a strapless lime green dress with chunky black boots.

We always thought Emma was cute, but that virtue is definitely not showing through in this ensemble. What do you think?

Emma's dad Eric recently conquered his longtime addiction to marijuana with the help of TV's Dr. Drew Pinsky. The actor checked into rehab for the medic's reality show. The rehab program is going so well, it allowed him to walk the red carpet sober for the first time ever at the Los Angeles premiere of his action ...

Eric Roberts In 'Celebrity Rehab' For Marijuana Addiction

8/4/2010 2:35pm EDT
Eric Roberts
Actor Eric Roberts has conquered his longtime addiction to marijuana with the help of TV's Dr. Drew Pinsky after checking into rehab for the medic's reality show.

The Hollywood star, who is Julia Roberts' brother and the father of teen actress Emma Roberts, recently joined the cast of the new season of Celebrity Rehab, where Pinsky attempts to help his high-profile patients battle their drug and alcohol demons once and for all. Details of Roberts' addiction problem were never fully disclosed, although his publicist Chuck Jones told WENN, "It's not for anything serious. He's not hooked on...

'Celebrity Rehab' To Feature Rachel Uchitel, Jeremy London & Other Headline Makers

7/20/2010 8:14am EDT
Jeremy London
Tiger Woods' former mistress Rachel Uchitel will be in good company when she checks into TV show "Celebrity Rehab" later this week - the facility will be full of recent headline makers.

Joining her on the reality TV show, hosted by celebrity counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky, will be Jeremy London, Jason Wahler and former teen idol Leif Garrett.

Actor London recently hit the news when he reported he'd been kidnapped and forced to buy drugs and alcohol for a gang of youths in Palm Desert, California; reality TV bad boy Wahler was arrested and booked for misdemeanor battery in June after allegedly ...

Bonnie Pointer To Join 'Celebrity Rehab'

6/4/2010 2:30pm EDT
Bonnie Pointer
Pointer Sisters star Bonnie Pointer will join Tila Tequila, former Playboy Playmate Shauna Sand and rapper Bizzy Bone on reality TV drama Celebrity Rehab, according to reports.

The 59-year-old Slow Hand singer, who has a history of drug abuse, has signed up for televised lockdown sessions with celebrity counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Filming on the latest series of the program was halted earlier this week after producers failed to draw enough big names to tackle their demons in front of the cameras. TV bosses failed to persuade Liza Minnelli and Lindsay Lohan to check in.

However, the sho...

Shauna Sand To Join 'Celebrity Rehab?'

6/4/2010 8:38am EDT
Shauna Sand
TV executives have reportedly signed former Playboy Playmate Shauna Sand to appear on "Celebrity Rehab" in a desperate bid to save the shelved reality show.

The latest series of the program, fronted by celebrity drug and alcohol counsellor Dr. Drew Pinsky, was halted earlier this week after producers failed to draw enough big names to tackle their demons in front of the cameras.

TV bosses failed to persuade Liza Minnelli with a reported $500,000 fee to appear as the series' big name, after Lindsay Lohan also rebuffed a $1 million offer.

A rep for Minnelli says, "Liza Minnelli, who is beg...

Liza Minnelli Wanted For 'Celebrity Rehab'

6/2/2010 5:30pm EDT
Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli has rejected a six-figure deal to appear on reality show Celebrity Rehab.

The TV program, fronted by celebrity drug and alcohol counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky, was shelved earlier this week after producers failed to sign up enough big names for the upcoming season of the show.

Now, a day after Lindsay Lohan reportedly turned down $1 million to appear on the show, reports Minnelli has been approached to lead the line-up after allegedly seeking help for alcohol addiction in 2004.

The Cabaret singer/actress has "no interest" in doing the show but Celebrity Rehab producer...

'Celebrity Rehab' Postponed Over Lack Of Star Power

6/1/2010 10:06pm EDT
Drew Pinsky
The reality series fronted by celebrity drug and alcohol counselor Dr.Drew Pinsky has been shelved - because too many troubled stars refused to be a part of the show.

A week after Tila Tequila, Jason Wahler and rapper Bizzy Bone signed up for the new season of "Celebrity Rehab", the show has been postponed. reports producers failed to land enough big name stars to front the hard-hitting show.

The program was scheduled to start shooting on Tuesday.

Reports also suggest Lindsay Lohan turned down $1 million to appear on the show.

Past stars who have checked in for "Celebrity Rehab...

Tila Tequila: 'I Must Not Be Another Lindsay Lohan'

5/25/2010 8:03am EDT
Tila Tequila
Reality TV star Tila Tequila has revealed the reason she's signed up to star in the next season of Celebrity Rehab - she has become reliant on "prescription pills".

The internet pin-up was announced as one of the stars who will appear on Dr. Drew Pinsky's reality show, and now she has admitted she'll be seeking counseling for a drug habit.

In a post on her official website, she writes, "I was in denial for a long time but it takes a brave and strong woman to not only admit to herself that she has a problem, but also let the whole world know about it. With that said, I know I am an extre...

Tila Tequila To Star In Upcoming Season Of 'Celebrity Rehab'

5/24/2010 8:18am EDT
Tila Tequila
Internet pin-up, reality TV star and singer Tila Tequila has signed up to star on the new season of "Celebrity Rehab" in a bid to clean up her act following the death of her partner Casey Johnson in December.

The bisexual star has been involved in a series of bizarre meltdowns this year and now she has agreed to seek celebrity counselor Dr. Drew Pinsky's help on his VH1 reality show, according to

She is expected to clear up the confusion surrounding pregnancy announcements she made in January - the colorful star looked nothing like a four-month-pregnant mom-to-be when she launche...

DMX Gets Six Months In Jail For Probation Violation

3/16/2010 7:47pm EDT
DMX has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of probation violation - but the embattled rapper has been offered a way out of jail thanks to reality TV's Dr. Drew Pinsky.

The hip-hop star, real name Earl Simmons, appeared in court on Tuesday when he confessed to five separate claims of probation violation by using illegal drugs following his arrest in Phoenix, Arizona last week.

The judge ordered DMX to spend time behind bars - but the rapper could escape the jail term and serve his sentence in rehab instead, after an appeal from a representative from the...