Diem Brown Of MTV “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” Fame Dies From Cancer At 32 After Long Battle
I have only followed a few seasons of “Real World” over the years, but the Challenge shows MTV does? My sister got me hooked on those long ago, and when I can watch them, I do. One cast member who took part in quite a few Challenges was Diem Brown. In her first challenge back in 2006, “Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat,” Diem became an inspiring figure after revealing that she had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. In another competition, “The Duel,” she showed off her hair loss from chemotherapy. From there, people who followed her story knew about her journey and battle with cancer and supported her. Sadly, today Brown passed away after a long fight. She was 32 years old.
According to People, which offered Brown a place to blog about her battle, she passed away this morning in New York City. After dealing with ovarian cancer that went into remission, returned, and then went into remission again, Brown was moving on with her life, and participating in yet another Challenge in August when she collapsed while on set. She was then diagnosed with stomach and colon cancer and told People, “That was a shocker to me. I was blown away. It really crushed a little bit of my spirit.”
This week her condition got worse and family and friends went to her bedside to be there for her, including her boyfriend, Chris “CT” Tamburello. The “Real World: Paris” alum and Brown dated when they were on “The Duel” in 2006 and were together for more than a year and a half. They started dating again not too long ago. He has been by her side through this bout with stomach and colon cancer, and was there encouraging her years ago when she was dealing with ovarian cancer:
He has not issued a statement as of yet about her passing.
Brown started a foundation for those battling cancer called MedGift, which would provide support to patients and their family in many different ways, including financial support. Throughout her whole ordeal, she remained positive and inspired while inspiring others.
“It’s my personal perspective that you live as hard and as vigorously as you can. My goals are something I believe in, because I believe I’m going to make it.”