Diem Brown, Entertainment Reporter and MTV Reality Star, Dies at 34
Diem Brown, MTV reality star and reporter died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer. She was 34 years old.
The “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” star and entertainment reporter was admitted to a New York City hospital on November 9. She took to Twitter, telling her 20,000 followers that she refused to give up.
“Doctors are seemingly giving up…but I won’t and can’t roll over,” she tweeted. “Whatever option I have to LIVE I’m grabbing!”
MTV released a statement shortly after her death expressing their sympathies.
“MTV is tremendously sad to hear the news that Diem Brown has lost her long battle with cancer. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends,” the spokeswoman said. “Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched. We will miss her.”
Brown made her first appearance on the network after being cast for the “Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat” which debuted in 2006, shortly after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer for the first time at the age of 22. She revealed her diagnosis to the cast and production company during filming in November 2005.
As her public persona grew, Brown became more involved with journalism, working with publications including the Associated Press, Sky Living, and FoxNews.com. She also wrote a blog for People.com about her experiences of living with cancer, and she hosted a special on MTV.com called Surviving Cancer.
Brown founded the crowdfunding website MedGift, a patient gift registry which allowed patients to receive help from family and friends while in treatment.
Brown’s cancer returned in 2012. After several months of treatment, including chemotherapy, Brown’s cancer went into remission in 2013. This past August, while filming her eighth Challenge competition for MTV she collapsed on set. After being flown to New York for treatment she announced that her ovarian cancer had metastasized to her colon and stomach, and then to her liver and lymph nodes.
Brown passed away on November 14, 2014 surrounded by family and friends. As the public persona for cancer patients everywhere, Brown’s voice will forever be heard and her message forever felt.
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