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Joey Kovar

'Real World' Star DEAD

Family Suspects Drugs

8/17/2012 10:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Joey Kovar -- the troubled "Real World" star who appeared on "Celebrity Rehab" -- was found dead at a friend's home near Chicago this morning ... and family members believe drugs are to blame ... TMZ has learned.

Kovar was 29 years old.

Kovar's rep tells TMZ ... Joey was discovered by a female friend early this morning who noticed blood coming out of Joey's ears and nose.

The woman called 911 ... and authorities rushed to the scene where he was pronounced dead.

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Kovar had famously battled drug issues -- and sought help for cocaine and ecstasy during his stint on "Celeb Rehab."

While on "Real World: Hollywood," Kovar entered rehab halfway through the season for alcohol and drugs, admitting he'd struggled with substance abuse for years. It was a pretty powerful moment on the show.

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31.

Phreaky    

The fact the Real World producers chose him to be on the show always bothered me, because there is no way you could be around this guy and *not* know he was on something. I refuse to believe he showed up to all his auditions sober. I think he showed up all jacked up on something and the producers liked him anyway and picked him to "see what happens". Thats kinda messed up to me.
RIP dude.

761 days ago
32.

Sersi    

Wow only 29 years of age, so sad. RIP

761 days ago
33.

buckwheat    

Has anyone ever OD on weed?
Legalize it already

761 days ago
34.

sweetthing    

I cant believe some of these comment on here. This has to be one of the worst things a person could here. Sir I hate to inform you but your son has passed away. I think blaming anyone is ignorance. Its it has to stop w/ the person there selves. People dont start drugs and you want have to stop!! <3 and prayers to the family.

761 days ago
35.

kim    

I'm really sad to see this :o( During his RW season, he seemed like he really wanted to change and really wanted help. Rip Joey :o(

761 days ago
36.

Alisha    

That's heart wrenching. I can't imagine how his family must feel knowing there was nothing they could do and only a matter of time before he died.

761 days ago
37.

Will    

I saw his season. He had a very rough upbringing, the only positive influences in his life were his grandparents. My thought are with them.

761 days ago
38.

fyi    

Barely knew who this guy was. And he has a "rep"? Sad either way.

761 days ago
39.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Listen up, anyone who signs on to be on a reality show isn't playing with a full deck in the first place. But look on the bright side - Dr Drew's rehab record still stands!

761 days ago
40.

Honeys Booboo    

It sounds like his head exploded.

761 days ago
41.

beef    

Thats what you get for combing the hair on the side of your head forward. Douchebag

761 days ago
42.

Jleigh    

His death was 100% preventable. If you're experiencing drug or alcohol addiction, GET HELP. http://bit.ly/MCBekY

761 days ago
43.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Good to see the good Dr. Drew saved another life.

761 days ago
44.

Amber    

That is so sad. My brother is 31 and has been a drug addict for over 10 years. It's terrible knowing that the next call might be the one saying that he is gone.

761 days ago
45.

LOL    

WOOOOOOOO! not expecting this when reading - heartbreaking for the families- so many out there in similar state- god speed!

761 days ago
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