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By United Press International   |   Feb. 19, 2013 at 6:58 AM

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'CELEBRITY REHAB:' Mindy McCready is the fifth participant in the U.S. reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" to die in the past two years, People.com said.

McCready, who had a history of drug addition, shot herself Sunday night. She was 37.

Her Season 3 "Celebrity Rehab" co-star, reality TV personality Joey Kovar, died of a drug overdose last August and Alice in Chains bass guitarist Mike Starr fatally OD'd the year before, People.com said.

Actor Jeff Conaway died in May 2011 from complications related to pneumonia and the degenerative brain condition known as encephalopathy. Rodney King, the man at the center of the police brutality scandal that sparked the Los Angeles riots, drowned last June after using cocaine.

"I am deeply saddened by this awful news. My heart goes out to Mindy's family and children. She is a lovely woman who will be missed by many," Dr. Drew Pinsky told People.com in a statement Monday. "Although I have not treated her for a few years, I had reached out to her recently upon hearing about the apparent suicide of her boyfriend and father of her younger children. She was devastated. Although she was fearful of stigma and ridicule, she agreed with me that she needed to make her health and safety a priority. Unfortunately, it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment."

"Celebrity Rehab" debuted in 2008 on VH1. It shows Pinsky -- an internist, addiction medicine specialist, and radio and TV personality -- treating high-profile patients for various addictions.


FERGIE: U.S. pop star Fergie announced Monday via Twitter she is pregnant with her first child.

The 37-year-old singer married actor Josh Duhamel, 40, in January 2009.

"Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!!" she tweeted.

She did not say what the child's gender is or when she is due to give birth.


KHLOE KARDASHIAN: Khloe Kardashian isn't being asked to return as co-host of "The X Factor" for a second season, the New York Post reported.

"They are asking Mario [Lopez] to come back, but not Khloe," an insider told the newspaper.

The Post said the news came after the 28-year-old reality TV personality often appeared nervous and unprepared on camera during her first season of "X Factor."

However, a representative for the television talent show told the Post, "The producers have not yet made the talent decisions for this year."


CELINE DION: Pop star Celine Dion has canceled this week's shows in Las Vegas as she recovers from the flu and sinusitis, AEG Live announced.

Although her concerts at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace have been canceled through Friday, performances Feb. 26 through Mar. 16 are expected to proceed as scheduled.

"After recovering from the flu last week, Celine developed a secondary infection [sinusitis,] which is being treated with antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicine," AEG Live said in a news release Sunday. "Her doctor has instructed her to rest for a period of seven consecutive days in order for her to fully recover."

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