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.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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