Sad news from the world of reality TV today: Joey Kovar, who appeared on MTV’s Real World: Hollywood in 2008 and on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab in 2010, was found dead in a friend’s home in Chicago, TMZ reports. He was 29 years old. The site says family members believe drugs are to blame.
Kovar was a personal trainer who’d never left the state of Illinois before joining the cast of The Real World. He had experienced problems with drugs and alcohol prior to his reality-TV debut but believed he had beat his addiction. Unfortunately, he relapsed while shooting the show and left halfway through the season to enter rehab.
According to TMZ, a female friend called 911 this morning after finding Kovar with blood coming out of his nose and ears. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
In his one-on-one interview with Dr. Drew before finishing Celebrity Rehab, Kovar seemed determined to kick his cocaine habit, though not entirely certain he would succeed.
“I want this, but at the same time, I’m not going to make any false bulls— promises,” he said. “I’m not going to tell you ‘I’m going to be sober,’ ’cause I don’t know.”