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Ex-Real World Star Dead at 29

Former Real World and Celebrity Rehab star Joey Kovar was found dead on Friday after reportedly overdosing on a combination of alcohol, cocaine and Viagra, according to TMZ.com:

Our sources say … Thursday night, just before midnight, Joey went to a woman’s house in Chicago Ridge, Illinois, told her he’d been doing cocaine … and asked her to drive him to a location where he could score more coke. The woman, Stacey Achterhof, rebuffed his request, and asked him to stay at her place.

We’re told Joey, who was also fueled up on alcohol, took “some Viagra” and messed around with Stacey … but they did not have sex. At some point Stacey fell asleep, and when she awakened early Friday morning she found Joey bleeding from the nose and ears.

Kovar, 29, was on The Real World: Hollywood season in 2008, where the world first learned of his substance abuse issues. He entered rehab while on the show and was also a patient on Dr. Drew‘s Celebrity Rehab in 2010. The Chicago native is the third Real World star to pass away (Pedro Zamora and Frankie Abernathy).

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How Jonathan Murray Got MTV To Enter The Real World

There was Julie, Kevin, Heather B., Norman, Andre, Becky and Eric, just seven strangers picked to live in a house and have their lives taped to find out what happens when people… You know the rest.

The Real World might be a household name now, but back in 1992, MTV wasn’t that enthusiastic about the concept. In fact, the show’s creator and executive producer says nobody in TV was.

“The people who were in charge of the networks had all come out of scripted television, and they just didn’t get it. They just didn’t understand it,” explained Jonathan Murray, founder of Bunim-Murray Productions, in mediabistro.com’s So What Do You Do? interview. “We would go to various places and people would ask us, ‘So basically what you do is all improv, right? You bring everyone together and you improv the shows? You have a script and you improv?’ There was just no understanding of how we did this.”

The man behind other hits like Road Rules, Bad Girls Club and Project Runway also gave tips on getting a job in reality TV and whether Kim Kardashian‘s 72-hour marriage was really a sham. ”Kim did not seek us out as to who she should marry, nor should she, ” he said.

Read the full interview.