TV Reality Star Found Dead in Chicago Ridge Apartment

Evergreen Park native Joey Kovar, star of "Real World" and "Celebrity Rehab" is dead of a suspected drug overdose, TMZ reports. Chicago Ridge Police confirm death.

Joey Kovar, 29, the Chicago model, actor and wrestler, was found dead Friday morning in a Chicago Ridge apartment.

Kovar made his TV debut in MTV’s “Real World” and famously sought help for cocaine and ecstasy addiction from Dr. Drew on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab."

A spokesman for the Chicago Ridge Police Department confirmed that Kovar was found dead Friday morning in a friend’s apartment on the 9800 block of South Sayer Avenue.

No foul play is suspected and police are conducting a death investigation.

TMZ reported that a female friend discovered Kovar around 9 a.m. and called 911 when she noticed blood coming out Kovar’s mouth and ears. His family suspects a drug overdose.

The troubled star was born Joseph Eugene Kovar in Evergreen Park. Police said Kovar's last known address is the 2600 block of West 98th Street in Evergreen Park.

His body was brought to the Cook County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. No cause of death has been assigned pending the autopsy findings.

Ann Last August 17, 2012 at 07:23 PM
How sad. Joey was a beautiful guy. May he rest in peace with the angels.
anthony August 17, 2012 at 08:45 PM
RIP.... My guess... Another kid succumbs to pills or H.. . but heck why should he be any different just because he had some fame.. Would of could of.....Lets hope his death brings preventive awarness
Larry Allen August 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM
I remember him from real world , he thought he was better than anyone else. Didn't have a good personality.
Larry Allen August 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Today's young kids will never grow up, they never listen this is a repeated insolent goes on daily, Sage die recently from this too. Lost my son in December too only 30yrs old. I don't get how they get caught up on this. Very sad, hits home for me. God Bless
Debbie Montez Hrncir August 18, 2012 at 04:33 AM
so very sad. My prayers go out to the family. I went to EPHS with his mom, Debbie.
Nancy Prior August 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM
What a tradegy! I met Joey at Jewel, 95th Pulaski, - he was smiling I thought Dr. Drew helped him with the drug problems. I'm so very sorry he is gone. Larry, maybe it was insecurity that made him give the Illusion he was better than everyone else. Just a handsome kid with problems. We need to pray for him and his family.
Nancy Prior August 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Larry, I'm sorry about your son.
Jim Vertucci August 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Does anyone know the girl he was with? Her picture on TMZ looks very familiar. STACY Acteroff I think is her name. Just wondering?
Monica Ripmom Patterson August 18, 2012 at 08:43 PM
So sad to see our young talented individuals leave this earth over stupid things !!!!!
Monica Ripmom Patterson August 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Larry sorry to hear about your son !
Monica Ripmom Patterson August 18, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I'm with you Larry, I'm all for preventive awareness !
Monica Ripmom Patterson August 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Typo: I meant Anthony
lvent August 19, 2012 at 06:58 AM
How sad.
Nickey V August 19, 2012 at 07:20 AM
Sad ... And ashame ... There you go dea ... Good job ... Drugs are still there and the money you guys make... People literally do these things cause its taboo... Maybe the approach is wrong... But this what we the taxpayers pay for... Good people getting mixed up in bad things.. I'm sorry
Tammy Gross August 19, 2012 at 04:31 PM
But Joey would have even told you this was a problem before his fame even started he said it while he was on Real World but some times fame makes it worse but we will never know R.I.P Joey the devil finally one
anonymous August 19, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting this young man, if he had a drug problem he did very well to hide it. He looked healthy, and was a very talkitive guy. All he ever talked about was the special person in his life even though he could have had any woman he wanted. But he talk of one person in perspective... He was a good joker too. I got a text from two weeks ago and he told me that He was having my phone shut off. How he got my account , sure enough I called my cell carrier and they said I personally called and wanted to cancel my account. Long did he know I would have had to pay for my service reconnection fee , but he took care of it. Going to miss him, may he rest in peace, the demon's of drugs got him, but he will still see the heavens.
anonymous August 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Larry Allen I am sorry for your loss , I know how you feel, my son came home from Iraq, it seemed everything was ok for about 3 weeks. He too hid himself. I caught him shooting in his arm one day and really tore him a new one. He promised to go to counsling and get help I felt it was because of the war and the aftermath that he has been through led him to drugs. But it was not. My little Lt Soldier no names given, because I do not want people to know. (my choice and my agreement with my wife to be able to comment on this site) he started it out by someone offering it to him. For weeks before he died, we were having things come up missing, he was stealing money, how we found out, my wife had her father's antique pocket watch from the 1800's stolen, but she placed a small piece of paper in the backing of the watch and it said. "this watch will never be for sale, if someone is selling it , then it was stolen, and she put to contact her. the next day the pawn shop near us called and asked us to come in. We went there and my son sold it for 35.00. So please Larry I know how you feel and I know what your going through . No parent should ever have to lay their children to rest......
anonymous August 19, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Parents, no matter how old your children are , always be involved in their lives. Because Like Larry I know what he is going through and it is a shame that these young kids are killing themselves.
stephanie parker August 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Its not that were stupid or not thinking of our family I was an addict for almost ten years I am not happy amd clean for the past six but I know you cannot get clean because your family wants you to you have to want it for yourself I lost my brother, step father and a brother in law all within two years because of drugs and drinking there isn't a day that I don't think of him as we will miss our loved ones and we remember everyday they were taken away from us way to early they are out of pain and now an angel watching over us pray for the families it does get eaiser God doesnt give us more then we can handle! R.I.P to all you are all loved and missed.
Steve addalbounz August 20, 2012 at 08:48 AM
I spent 4 month in a 24 hour a day rehab program in Florida. I was there for an addiction to alcohol. While I was there I saw so many young people come and go thru this program. I can't tell you how many that died do to an overdose of oxytocin and/or heroin. You could tell most were not going to make it and were either going to struggle with their addictions into adulthood or were going to die. Something needs to be done about this prescription drug problem, I can't take seeing our youth dying from this anymore
Nancy Prior August 27, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Debbie, I didn't know Joey Kovar, but I grew up in EP and I keep thinking about his kids and the odds are like one in a million of a guy from EP achieving fame! Do you know any of Joeys friends or can you get a hold of his mom or any of his family because I thought maybe WE as a community could do something for Joey as a remembrance (especially for his kids). EX: Scholarship at EP HS or a bench with his name where anyone could sit and pray. What do you think about that idea? I already emailed the Patch editors. Please let me know either way.


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