"Real World: Hollywood" star Joey Kovar was reported dead on Friday in his native town of Chicago. The news about Kovar’s death was reported by MTV News. Joey passed away at the age of 29.
An MTV spokesperson confirmed his death by saying, “MTV is deeply saddened to learn that Joey Kovar of 'The Real World: Hollywood' has passed away," adding, "We offer our sympathies to Joey's loved ones, friends and fans."
Kovar was found at his friend's house and authorities haven’t officially confirmed the source of his death, but it is believed he died due to an overdose of drugs. A rep for Kovar told the site that the reality star was discovered by a female friend, who called 911 after she saw him bleeding. Authorities arrived at Kovar’s friend’s place, where he was pronounced dead
Kovar had had a history of drug and substance abuse ever since the show started. He was also sent to a rehab in 2008. He later returned to the show, but had to leave again in the middle due to a possibility of a relapse. On the reunion special show, he revealed that he had been sober for quite some time, but his sobriety didn’t last for long after a string relapse of cocaine and ecstasy again in 2009.
Joey Kovar talked about the relapse very openly by saying, "You know, I guess in a way, I did feel a little bit betrayed — by some [castmates] more than others.” He further added, "It was my understanding that things would change around the house in order to help keep me on the road to recovery but, unfortunately, the very first night back from rehab, every roommate but Will and Sarah went out and got messed up. To me, that was a little messed up.”
"The Real World: Hollywood" is the twentieth season of MTV's reality television series, "The Real World". This program focuses on a group of diverse strangers living together for several months in a different city each season. Lives of these individuals are documented on cameras and later broadcast on television.
Kovar was a personal trainer and former bodybuilder and constantly worked out. Joey had never ventured outside of Illinois. Those who didn’t know much about him will find it interesting that he was also interested in becoming an actor. He used to take immense care of his health by following a strict diet regimen. He used only things such as water, tuna, eggs, protein drinks, fruits and vegetables and oatmeal. Despite being so concerned about his health, he destroyed his entire life because of substance abuse.