Members of a celebrity death pool, in which players pick celebrities whom they believe are likely to die, are furious after Dr. Drew Pinsky won the first place trophy for the third straight year. Pinsky’s victory came on the heels of former “Celebrity Rehab” cast member and country star Mindy McCready, whom Pinsky selected in the seventh round of the death pool, committing suicide Tuesday.
“Mindy’s the fifth ‘Celebrity Rehab’ cast member to die after Drew picked them,” said fellow Death Pool member Adam Corolla. “From now on, we’re not going to let him pick any more of his former patients.”
Pinsky has come under fire this week after McCready became the latest in the ever- growing list of “Celebrity Rehab” cast members to die in recent years, which includes Jeff Conaway, Mike Starr, Joey Kovar, and Rodney King. Pinsky denies claims from his critics who accuse him of exploiting once famous drug addicts for ratings by putting them on “Celebrity Rehab.”
“Every medical doctor knows the best way to help a drug-addicted celebrity is to pay them to go on VH1 where they can be filmed detoxing and revealing their deepest emotional pain in therapy,” Pinsky told Hollywood & Swine. “Tom Sizemore and Dennis Rodman are still alive, so I must be doing something right.”
Pinsky, who doesn’t play Fantasy Football because the NFL is too violent of a sport, has decided to donate the $350 he won for winning his Celebrity Death Pool to a charity that helps addicts.
Former Hollywood madam and “Celebrity Rehab” cast member Heidi Fleiss credits Dr. Drew for helping her put her life back on track and recently signed on to be Pinsky’s new agent.
“It’s a natural transition for me,” Fleiss said. “I used to get work for prostitutes, now I’m trying to get work for a media whore.”