Fans, friends and close family members are reeling from the news of Joey Kovar’s untimely death Friday (August 17), possibly caused by a drug overdose. The news of the 29-year-old “Real World: Hollywood” castmember and aspiring actor’s passing has left many saddened and in shock.
“RIP Joey Kovar my heart breaks,” tweeted Kovar’s “Celebrity Rehab” castmate Mackenzie Phillips. “My love and prayers go out to your family.”
“Road Rules” and “Challenge” veteran Mark Long also tweeted his sadness over learning the news.
“RIP Joey Kovar #sad,” he wrote.
“Sad news about Joey Kovar,” added Katie Doyle, a fellow “Road Rules” and “Challenge” alum. “Never do drugs. #RIP”
Bunim-Murray Productions, the production company behind “Real World,” “Road Rules” and “The Challenge,” offered their sincere condolences over the loss of their friend.
“Joey was a gentle and big hearted guy and his real world family will miss him. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends,” the company said via their Twitter account. “Our deepest condolences go out to the friends and family of Joey Kovar. RIP dear friend.”
“Real World: Cancun” and “Challenge: Fresh Meat” castmember CJ Koegel also expressed his sadness about Kovar’s death via Twitter and included a link to a photo of Kovar on Instagram that has the words “We lost a member of our family but he will never be forgotten” written underneath it. The photo was re-tweeted by “Real World: New Orleans” castmember Ryan Knight.
“RIP Joey way too young,” he wrote.
Kovar’s fans have also expressed their condolences and sympathies for the addiction Kovar suffered with publicly.
“Reading this article has left me completely heartbroken,” wrote MTV reader MelindaLauren05. “I watched Joey on the Real World and Celebrity Rehab and I rooted for him to find sobriety the whole time. I can’t imagine what the family is going through but I do know what it is like to struggle with addiction. I feel lucky to have overcome mine, but it still is always a shock to find out someone struggling has lost their struggle to the disease. My deepest sympathies to his family in this time of need.”
“Joey was so inspirational to me,” added reader DamianW. “He was so honest, caring, and motivated. One of my favorite cast members. You were and are a great dude. mad love, homey.”
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