Celebrity Rehab’s Mindy McCready killed herself

Country singer Mindy McCready committed suicide today. She was 37, and the fifth former cast member of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew to die.

Dateline NBC reporter Andrea Canning reported that “Mindy McCready’s best friend [said] that she shot and killed herself this evening.” Nashville’s Fox affiliate reported the same thing, and a police statement confirmed that she was “pronounced dead at the scene from what appears to be a single self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Mindy was ordered into mental health and alcohol abuse treatment following the Jan. 13 shooting death of her partner, David Wilson, and her children were taken into custody by the state of Arkansas.

Mindy McCready appeared on the third season of the VH1 show, facing addiction to alcohol, OxyContin, and “violent relationships,” as her VH1 bio said.

Former Real World cast member Joey Kovar died last August, Rodney King died in June, Jeff Conaway died in May 2011, and Mike Starr died two months earlier.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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