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Joey Kovar

Honored By Former

Wrestling League

8/20/2012 4:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Joey Kovar dabbled in the world of professional wrestling before his unexpected death ... and this weekend, TMZ has learned his former colleagues honored his memory with an emotional tribute. 

We broke the story ... Kovar joined up with Poww Entertainment in 2010, following his stint on "The Real World: Hollywood" ... and dreamed of someday wrestling for TNA.

Poww's head-honcho Jim Blaze tells TMZ ... Kovar was beloved during his stint with the league, and while he never made it to TNA, everyone respected the guy.

In fact, Blaze (pictured below) took a moment during a show in Illinois this weekend to address the crowd ... saying, "Everyone has demons and addictions ... we need to support each other to help people overcome them."

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As TMZ first reported, Joey died last Friday after years of battling drug and alcohol addiction, most famously on "Celebrity Rehab." His funeral is set to take place this week in Chicago.  He was 29.

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Mike L    

There was a lot more wrong with his head then people thought if he wanted to be in TNA. What kind of loser wants to be in the minors? TNA may as well be an Indy federatiion. They're no better then ROH or the other Indies.

757 days ago
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MrRayfro    

**** him he was a loser

757 days ago
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greatwhiteknight    

RIP. I was looking forward to him getting his $&@£ together. He had a lot going for him but he could not seem to overcome his demons. Sad story.

757 days ago
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Thomas Jefferson    

RIP But look where their hands are looks like a date.

757 days ago
5.

Harlin's Garage    

This guy always looked yacked to the nines.....
RIP.....

757 days ago
6.

NoDifferent    

They're ALL "up and coming" celebrity/movie stars in Chicago. I never heard of him before but was not surprised he was from the area. The drugs here. OMG!

757 days ago
7.

Really People?    

Why is he been honored he was a nobody drug addict

757 days ago
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LDB    

He looks crazy

757 days ago
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bill tetley    

It's kinda messed up this company is trying to get publicity off his death since all he did with them was go to 1 practice for the photos that got posted on here, and he hung out backstage a couple shows.

757 days ago
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bill tetley    

Also when is somebody gonna point out that at least half of Dr. Drew's "graduates" have dropped dead shortly after being on the show?

757 days ago
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Mr. Grimm    

RIP man it sucks that he never got his big break. Drugs and alcohol destroy lives. It is a shame this guy could have had potential.

757 days ago
12.

Joey Dernman    

Dude is talking a world of smack lol

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757 days ago
13.

MrCrowley73    

Dude was probably hittin the bath salts to.

757 days ago
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cindy    

Enough wasted ink on this complete piece of ****... Chicago is such a great city and this POS didnt deserve to call himself a Chicagoan. We dont go on national tv and make fools of ourselves and than sit in front of the fake Dr Drew and cry about our addictions,, man up boys,, drugs kill,, if you are stupid enough to keep taking them than you suffer the consequences... Go Bears.

757 days ago
15.

LittleBIt    

Why are this guys eyes so big they look like they are going to pop out of their sockets?

757 days ago
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