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Talker: Does reality TV deserve some blame in McCready`s death?

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Mindy McCready's death Sunday at her home in Arkansas appears to be suicide. McCready had many severe problems, including a struggle with alcohol and pill abuse. She had been arrested several times and was in and out of court on matters related to custody of her two young boys.

On top of all that, just last month, her boyfriend, who was the father of one of her sons, died. Suicide is suspected in that case as well, though the investigation is ongoing.

In 2009, McCready was part of the of the reality TV show called "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew." She's now the third person from that season of the show to die and the fifth since the show started airing in 2008.

All five of the people died in the past two years, including the Chicagoan Joey Kovar who first got famous from the MTV show "The Real World."

The Chicagoan, musician, and avid tweeter Richard Marx noticed the trend. In a tweet, now deleted from his account, he wrote "I think 'Dr.' Drew Pinsky should change his name to Kevorkian. Same results." Later, Marx tweeted: "I went too far with the Kevorkian crack. It is, however, my opinion that what Dr. D does is exploitation and his TV track record is not good."

Five deaths in five years of filming certainly sounds bad. Though, it's worth noting all the victims had drug or alcohol issues -- which put them at high risk -- especially when it comes to suicide, as in McCready's case.

One-third to one-half of all suicide attempts are said to involve people with substance use disorders. One study found 15 percent of people with substance abuse disorders die by suicide -- a rate nearly four times higher than the overall average rate of suicide.

"Although I have not treated her for a few years, I had reached out to her recently upon hearing about the apparent suicide of her boyfriend.... She was devastated... Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment," Dr. Drew said of McCready.

McCready's suicide attempts are said to date back to 2005, before she was on the TV show.

In its six seasons, "Celebrity Rehab" has had 43 cast members.

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