Where Rehab Meets Reality

Around dusk on Feb. 17, Dr. Drew Pinsky was sitting at the computer in his hillside home in Pasadena, Calif., when he received an e-mail from a friend with some troubling news. Mindy McCready, a 37-year-old country singer and a star of the third season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” a television show that made its debut on VH1 in 2008, had shot herself at her house in Heber Springs, Ark.

“She lost her battle,” Dr. Pinsky, 54, recalled the friend writing. “I sent back, ‘Did she die?’ ”

“Yes,” the friend replied.

Ms. McCready was the fifth participant of “Celebrity Rehab” to die within two years and the third from Season 3, which ended in March 2010. When he got the e-mail, Dr. Pinsky said recently, “I don’t remember doing anything. It is not my job to do anything.”

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