Chyna Death: Are Dr. Drew and Celebrity Rehab to Blame?

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Her cause of death has not yet been determined, but many are already wondering if Chyna's much-publicized demons were responsible.

Chyna: 29th annual Adult Video News Awards Show

The former professional wrestler and adult film star was found in her Redondo Beach home on April 20th.  Authorities suspect the 46-year-old had died two days prior.

Chyna was focused on making a comeback.

She was working with a documentary filmmaker to illustrate her struggle to break into mainstream movies and television, stepping away to teach English in Japan, and her determination to become relevant again.

Chyna's manager confirmed that, at the time of her death, she was taking prescription medication for sleep deprivation and anxiety.

"Three or four bottles" were found in the apartment, but a source claimed they were full and didn't point to any signs of suicide. 

A video taken in the week's before the 45-year-old's passing showed her appearing very disoriented:

Chyna appeared on the first season of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, an attempt to highlight addiction that many saw as pure exploitation.

The series claimed to "unflinchingly document the treatment process, a painful and deeply emotional journey that offers hope for a better future, if not a guarantee of sobriety."

Chyna is the sixth celebrity to have died since appearing on the series, according to The Daily Beast.  

Country singer Mindy McCready, Rodney King, Jeff Conaway, Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, and The Real World: Hollywood cast member Joey Kovar also died as a result of their addictions.

Following McCready's suicide in 2013, Dr. Drew was angry that some thought he was to blame.

“I’m tired. It’s very stressful and intense for me,” Pinsky said.

“To have people questioning my motives and taking aim at me because people get sick and die because they have a life-threatening disease, and I take the blame?”

Starr's bandmate, drummer Sean Kinney spoke out against the show, calling foul on its attempt to help celebrities overcome addiction.

"It's pretty disgusting,” Kinney said.

“I don’t think it helps anybody and it makes entertainment out of people’s possible death, and that’s pathetic and it’s stupid.”

Still, Dr. Drew continued to defend the show.

He once told CNN, “If I was doing a show on cancer there would not be much surprise when my cancer patient died. In fact, we’d celebrate a few years of good quality life. 

In his defense, statistics are not in an addict's favor.  

According to a 2000 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 40-60% of those fighting to stay in recovery will relapse.

"People don’t understand that addiction has virtually the same prognosis [as cancer]," Dr. Drew said.

Do you agree?

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