Mindy McCready Death Has Dr. Drew Defending 'Celebrity Rehab'


Dr. Drew Defends 'Celebrity Rehab' After Mindy McCready's Death

Eugene Kovar, the grandfather of former "Celebrity Rehab" participant Joey Kovar, said that when he heard about McCready's death, he thought to himself, "Dr. Drew lost another one."

Joey Kovar was on the show at the same time as McCready. But Eugene Kovar, 76, who raised Joey, doesn't blame the show for his grandson's death.

"I think it's a good place if you just keep staying there until you get cured," Kovar told ABCNews.com today. "They were trying to help him."

Joey Kovar was a personal trainer and actor in Chicago when he was cast on MTV's "The Real World: Hollywood" in 2008. He struggled with alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy and other drugs as well as steroids as part of his bodybuilding, according to his "Celebrity Rehab" bio.

Exactly six months before McCready's death, on Aug. 17, 2012, Kovar was found dead in the home of a friend who reportedly found him with blood coming out of his nose and ears. He was 29 and left behind a 3-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter.

"Everybody misses him," Eugene Kovar said. "Everybody's broken-hearted over this."

While he doesn't resent the show, he said one aspect of it makes him sad.

"I'm just mad because they never got in touch with me to say they're sorry about Joey," Kovar said, pointing at Dr. Drew and the show's head counselor Bob Forrest.

Kovar said Joey's two children are doing well and are both "typical Joey." He recalled his lively grandson impersonating wrestlers like Hulk Hogan and the Rock and dressing up like a different celebrity every Halloween.

"He was the greatest. He helped everybody. I never heard anything bad about him," Kovar said. "No matter where he went, people just loved him."

Kovar said his wife, Joey's grandmother, struggles a lot with his death.

"That was her boy, Joey. She's never going to get over this and me neither," he said. "If there is a God, then wherever he is, I'm sure Joey is up there with Him."

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