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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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277 COMMENTS

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76.

Penny    

Good riddance!

759 days ago
77.

Latch Johnson    

Overdosing is basically suicide in my eyes and I don't care about suicides. I do feel bad for his family though. I'm sure next week we'll get the next celeb overdose story.

759 days ago
78.

StPeteRickster    

I watched the video, and it was preceded with a 'Red Stag' by 'Jim Bean' commercial, full 30 seconds.

Isn't that like, not right????

759 days ago
79.

Cinner    

Sad, sad, sad...I really liked Joey, he was so damn HOT!!

759 days ago
80.

marieocd    

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-reality-star-joey-kovar-native-of-evergreen-park-dies-20120817,0,7146918.story

759 days ago
81.

Cool Breeze    

Check out his eyeballs, this guy was tweeking big time.

759 days ago
82.

Mazor    

When is Dr. Drew gonna change his name to Dr. Death?

759 days ago
83.

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759 days ago
84.

LDB    

It's not Dr. Drew fault. Some patients of his recovered and some didn't. He didn't force them to continue to take drugs. It was their free choice and now they're dead. You can't lead a horse to water and force it to drink.

759 days ago
85.

dd    

Wow those eyes are about to pop out of his head...

759 days ago
86.

eatingandforking.com    

So sad. My thoughts are with his family.

759 days ago
87.

Brittany    

If it was because of drugs, no matter what bad decisions he chose, it's still sad to see anyone lose their life like that. Especially when he knew he had a problem and he tried to get help at one point. Addiction is terrible and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone.

759 days ago
88.

PigHeart    

This Dr Drew guy is the Kevorkian of his time !!!

759 days ago
89.

kooky sperm    

PHILMARKUM I don't think you understood what they meant by saying the drug user has to it themselves. Of course they need medical intervention and external support . He meant that those things are useless unless the user is ready to utilize those resources. If you're looking for sympathy because of your condition it might be better if you didn't attack others.

759 days ago
90.

indigoblue    

another Dr Drew success story indeed.. he will come out with a lame statement yet bank account will be full. SO TIRED of this coddling of these 'stars'.. Sad indeed that Joey died..waste. Such a waste.

759 days ago
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