07:51 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 02/19/2013 12:55PM
On Sunday night, when news hit of Mindy McCready's apparent suicide, Lisa D'Amato got a phone call from actress Mackenzie Phillips, a cast mate on season 3 of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
"We were just trying to put it all together, figure out what happened," D'Amato tells PEOPLE. "Mackenzie doesn't know either. The one thing about Mindy is that she was very much seeming to be fine and perfect on the surface, but she was battling a lot."
McCready, 37, became the third person from their season to die, joining musician Mike Starr and reality star Joey Kovar. "I'm just numb," says D'Amato. "She was such a beautiful, warm-hearted, giving, lovely woman."
Originally posted 09/06/2012 05:25PM
For hours on Aug. 22, Melanie Tomas stood next to Joey Kovar's coffin, refusing to leave his side, until the last of approximately 1,000 mourners finally left the Kosary Funeral Home in Evergreen Park, Ill., at 11 p.m.
Even now, more than two weeks after the wake for her off-and-on boyfriend – a reality star from MTV's The Real World: Hollywood in 2008 – Tomas, 24, is struggling to make sense out of his sudden death at age 29.
"Joe was in the best mind frame and direction of his life," Tomas, who is the mother of Kovar's 2-year-old daughter Maira, tells PEOPLE. "That is why this is still such a shock. Never had I seen him so dedicated to his sobriety, religion, family and friends."
Originally posted 03/09/2011 12:20PM
Stars like Janice Dickinson and Dennis Rodman have appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew to fight their addictions to alcohol and other substances, but Michaele Salahi, a star of The Real Housewives of Washington D.C., wanted to appear on the reality show for a different reason.
"Michaele doesn't have an addiction," her husband and Housewives costar Tareq Salahi tells PEOPLE. "She's leaning on Dr. Drew to help treat her [multiple sclerosis], which has been directly affected by our ordeal with the White House. What she needs is help managing her stress and her illness."
Originally posted 03/09/2011 08:20AM
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who appeared on season 3 of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab, was found dead in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, according to reports. He was 44.
The cause and manner of death were not immediately known, according to CNN.
Starr's former bandmates, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, released a statement which read: "Jerry and Sean are mourning the loss of their friend and ask that the media respect their privacy – and the privacy of Mike's family – during this difficult time. Their thoughts & prayers are with Mike's family."
Originally posted 03/04/2011 03:15PM
Heidi Montag is no stranger to the cameras – or controversy – but she's not checking into Dr. Drew Pinsky's Celebrity Rehab for pill addiction.
"No, I'm not joining the cast,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively, shooting down a report that claims the former Hills star was dropped off at treatment two days ago and is sharing a room with Real Housewives of D.C. star Michaele Salahi on Rehab.
"I'm actually on my way to see Just Go With It for the first time," she says, finally getting to see her feature film debut. (Montag has a cameo in the Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler flick).
Originally posted 07/29/2010 01:00AM
When VH1 announced the list of names of who will appear on the upcoming season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Rachel Uchitel was among them. But Tiger Woods's alleged mistress reportedly left the Pasadena Recovery Center where the show is taped.
Now that she's back, a source close to the N.Y.C. nightclub hostess tells PEOPLE why she ditched Rehab – and why she quickly came back.
"She did this TV show to show who she is. She feels that then if they hate her, she’s okay with that," the source said. "But she’s not okay with them creating a character for her to play and represent. She’s not the things say. She wants a chance to prove that. She’s trying to focus on what's going on there and take rehab seriously.”
Uchitel left the show temporarily because "the demons from her past became too much to deal with," the source says, but she returned after realizing that "she is part of a group and the group needs to know they can count on her for their sobriety."
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