The MTV reality game show veteran who later became an entertainment reporter died today of cancer in New York. Diem Brown was 32. She had received her latest diagnosis with the disease in August after she collapsed while filming a reality show in Panama. On Tuesday, she tweeted:
Brown first appeared on MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat in 2006. She had ovarian cancer and shared her battles with the TV audience. She beat the disease after undergoing surgery and chemotherapy and returned for the following year’s edition of the show, The Duel. After that, Brown appeared on several other iterations of The Challenge including on The Gauntlet III, The Duel 2, The Ruins and Battle Of The Exes.
“MTV is tremendously sad to hear the news that Diem Brown has lost her long battle with cancer,” the network said in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched. We will miss her.”
In 2012, traces of the cancer returned, and Brown hosted an MTV.com special in which she spoke with young cancer survivors about their struggles.
Brown underwent more treatment and was declared cancer-free in February 2013, so she returned to MTV for The Challenge: Rivals II. The Atlanta native also founded Medgift, a gift registry site to aid people going through a medical hardship.