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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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Throwback kid    

Maybe he died from embarressment? everyone made fun of his small penis in the Playgirl shoot he did

692 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Proof again that Dr Drew does nothing for anyone on that show when it comes to after care, this guy was his fourth Celebrity Rehab patient to die. Dr Drew is a TV doctor and that's it. Like Dr Phill, Dr Drew loves the fat paychecks that comes with his pathetic rehab show and Dr Drew loves getting his face on TV, he seems to enjoy it more than the D list celebs that he DOESN"T help. Dr Drew exploits down on their luck D list celebs for his own profit. He should change the name of the show to Dr. Drews Rehab of Death If You Dare! the show where D listers drop like flies! Congrats Dr Drew on another Celeb rehab death, you did a great job doing nothing!

692 days ago
108.

Throwback kid    

I thinks Dr Drew Pinsky should donate every dollar he made of that pathetic Celebrity Rehab show to a charity that deals with sober living after rehab. This is the 4th person to die from that show, it looks like Dr Drew does little more that talk to them (on Camera a few times) then cash the nice paycheck he gets from the show. In my opinion Dr Drew takes advantage of desperate D list celebs for his own profit. Dr Drew should get off TV period, he helps no one but himself and his family. He has gotten rich off of exploiting these addicts

692 days ago
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Karmagal    

This is SO sad. He was married and had a young child. Addiction is SO powerful. He struggled with it hard core. He did so much blow. The area he was found is nothing but a coke and pill area. Maybe you can get some peace now dude. RIP

692 days ago
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Throwback kid    

Dr Drew has become Hollywood's own Grim Reaper! Who will be the next Dr Drew Celebrity Rehab D lister to die? Too bad The Situation never went on Dr Drew's show

692 days ago
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steve    

On the High Way to Hell :) , Bye, bye Stupid muth fukr .........

692 days ago
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Stealth1820    

Shame. Seems like he wasnt a douchebag at all and had a lot to contribute to society. #Dontcareatall

692 days ago
113.

Mary    

REALLY bad press for Dr Death!

692 days ago
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Lifekix    

You can see his stretch marks from the roids

692 days ago
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Mary    

Oh, and my condolences to his loved ones. I think he had two small children. He is an example of how cocaine can warp your brain and make you totally insane. Mixed with roids, the body can only take so much. Seemed like a sweet guy with untreated underlying mental health issues. So sad. RIP dude.

692 days ago
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spokenword    

I'm not familiar with him but still very sad to see. Addiction is a powerful thing and the odds are against you that you make it out alive. Fight for your life, it's worth it.

692 days ago
117.

duilama    

JOEY KOVAR
'Real World' Star DEAD
Family Suspects Drugs

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/17/joey-kovar-dead-dies-real-world-drugs-cocaine/#ixzz23r0D8KYw

692 days ago
118.

SwellFellow    

I get so tired seeing these people who have it ALL for them, the world at their feet and they do nothing but throw it all away!

692 days ago
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Babydoll0630    

Wow.......I stopped watching Real World. But I remember him........sad.

692 days ago
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ScarecrowA7X    

Sorry for the loss to the family, addiction is a problem that some can not handle let alone beat. It is a shame. Dr. Drew is a Moron, how many people has he really helped? Or is he out for the money more than actually helping people?

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