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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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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

If only he had shaved off hair in the pix he'd look just like Smeagol in Lord of the Rings but in real life. Because that's what addicts tend to look like when they need their precious drugs.

763 days ago
92.

Heaven    

It's so sad:-( RIP

763 days ago
93.

Dr. Cornelia J. Dogbarker PhD    

He probably tried smoking pot. Smoking pot makes blood pour out of your ears and nose. Trust me kids, I'm a doctor....

763 days ago
94.

lala    

I don't have sympathy for crackheads.

763 days ago
95.

lala    

Crack is wack kids.

763 days ago
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caladesiisland    

So so sad. People don't want to live like this.

763 days ago
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liquidbabydoll    

R.I.P. Joey ~ 2 young&beautiful 2 go ~he would want us 2 party on

763 days ago
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dierdre    

I totall agree with many people on this post, that Dr. Drew Pinsky should have his license revolked. How many people have died under his program. I could count at least 4 within a year or 2. Joey was sooo young, and i know he had problems, but if Dr. Pinsky was so great in helping people, then I'm sure they would be living and NOT DEAD> This man, i cannot stomach any longer, and i hope his show celebrity rehab does not re-new. He's a total waste of time. GO AWAY>>>>

763 days ago
99.

peter    

dr. drew record is pathetic , glad lindsay lohan did not do celebrity rehab or we would be hearing about her.

763 days ago
100.

tamara    

That video is heartbreaking.
Prayers to his family.

763 days ago
101.

sarah    

Just think a major drug user ,steroid abuser and we all say wow he looks great. But the fact is ,there is a dark side and today is another win for tyhe grim reaper

763 days ago
102.

Dr Porn    

This jackass has a young child. By his stupid actions his kid will never know the joy of having a father.

Selfish F**k

763 days ago
103.

teaka    

this really makes me sad and ive watch him all the way through real world and celebrity rehab.

763 days ago
104.

Soetoro    

Treatment is what you make of it. The success rates at the best places (Hazelden where I went) is very low. Alcohol they are better than the other. Coke meth heroin is quite tough 20% max succeed. Don't blame the Dr he tried.

763 days ago
105.

Sir Boo    

Joey was so gorgeous - face, body, personality. This is a great loss.

763 days ago
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