NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- There's renewed focus on Dr. Drew Pinsky and his "Celebrity Rehab" series in the aftermath of the death of country singer Mindy McCready (mih-KREE'-dee.)
The singer is the fifth cast member of the series to die since appearing on the show -- and the third from Season 3. The previous deaths had already stirred up discussion about the show's helpfulness.
Singer Richard Marx on Twitter compared Pinsky to the suicide doctor, Jack Kevorkian -- though he later backed away and said he'd gone too far.
Pinsky is accepting no responsibility. He told "The View" that "in a weird way" he wishes he could take responsibility, but he hasn't been McCready's doctor in years. He says he spoke to McCready two weeks ago and helped persuade her to get help, but she left rehab within hours.
She was found dead on the porch of her Arkansas home days later, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" isn't currently on the air. Pinsky switched his focus to non-celebrities in Season 6, and changed the title to "Rehab."
119-a-13-(Dr. Drew Pinsky, on "The View")-"she knew it"-Dr. Drew Pinsky says he spoke with Mindy McCready two weeks ago. COURTESY: Barwall/ABC ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Feb 2013)
117-a-13-(Dr. Drew Pinsky, on "The View")-"doctor in years"-Dr. Drew Pinsky says he can't be responsible for Mindy McCready's death because he hasn't treated her in a long time. COURTESY: Barwall/ABC ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Feb 2013)
120-a-14-(Dr. Drew Pinsky, on "The View")-"things really unraveled"-Dr. Drew Pinsky says Mindy McCready was reluctant to get help because of the stigma of linked to mental problems. COURTESY: Barwall/ABC ((mandatory on-air credit)) (19 Feb 2013)
APPHOTO NYET700: FILE - This Aug. 4, 2011 file photo shows Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of the CW television series "Dr. Drew's Lifechangers," during a panel discussion on the show at the CW Showtime summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. Criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready's death. The country singer with the tumultuous personal life became the fifth cast member of his "Celebrity Rehab" series to die since appearing on the show and the third from Season 3. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file) (4 Aug 2011)
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