There is no official explanation for the death of Real World: Hollywood star Joey Kovar, but family members fear it was some kind of drug overdose.
A close friend, on the other hand, believes his death was more like a suicide or the dangerous effects of mixing prescription medications.
Jared Degado calls his friend's death "a shock, but not a surprise" because he had been receiving "suicidal text messages" from the Celebrity Rehab participant. He gave his insight in a recent interview during which he explained:
“Joey sent me some very suicidal text messages lately. I’ve been really worried that it was going to get the best of him and I had a feeling he was either going to commit suicide or that all the prescription medications he was on were going to make his body give out.”
Degado works for MuscleWolf Productions and was preparing to shoot a new reality show with Kovar. He says that the deceased 29-year-old was "at a low point" in his life and frequently mixed Adderall with other prescriptions, as he continued:
"When I just heard about Joey’s death and I was shocked but not surprised. His life was at a low point. Joey was sober for some time, but he suffered from major anxiety issues so he took medicine for that. He also took Adderall. We would be in meetings and I would see him have an anxiety attack and he would take his meds for that and then he would start to get really lethargic. Then he would take the Adderall to perk up. When you mix Adderall and other prescriptions it is really hard on your heart.”
As far as his family's fears that he overdosed on some kind of illegal drug, Degado countered:
"Joey wasn’t doing any illegal drugs lately. He didn’t have the money to do cocaine anymore and he wasn’t even drinking.”
Again, our heart goes out to Joey's family and friends. It's sad to see anyone die at such a young age no matter what the cause of death was.
Even more sad is the fact that the reality star had a two-year-old daughter, for whom he was trying to straighten his life out for.
A life taken way too early. There's not getting past that.