Diem Brown, 32, best known for appearing on MTV’s “The Challenge,” died on Friday after a long battle with cancer. Her co-stars and friends at MTV have taken to social media to grieve and give condolences.
Brown was very vocal about her ongoing battle with cancer. In 2006, just before her first appearance on MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat,” Brown was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which she battled while filming the show. In 2012, her cancer returned. After extensive treatment, she declared herself cancer free in 2013. In August 2014 she revealed that she’d been diagnosed with cancer a third time; the disease affected her stomach and colon.
According to People magazine, which hosted Brown’s blog about her battle with cancer, she died in New York City at 10:22 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. Since that time, her MTV co-stars and other reality stars have taken to Twitter to express their sadness:
My heart is broken.@DiemBrownMTV was such a beautiful person inside and out. Her strength and determination is to be admired by many. RIP
— Katie Cooley (@KatieDoyle26) November 14, 2014
Sad day..u were a fighter & a lover! U will be missed more then u know @DiemBrownMTV! Thank u for shining your beautiful light in my life!
— Melinda Stolp (@MelindaStolp) November 14, 2014
It's very sad to hear about @DiemBrownMTV's passing. I believe in a heaven and I have no doubt she was received lovingly on the other end.
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) November 14, 2014
— Camila Nakagawa (@CamilaMTV) November 14, 2014
— Nia Moore (@TheRealNiaMoore) November 14, 2014
— Ryan Knight (@Knight_MTV) November 14, 2014
Feeling absolutely sick to just hear we lost our beloved friend @DiemBrownMTV last night. You will be loved and missed forever.
— Brad Fiorenza (@BradFiorenza) November 14, 2014
— Tori Fiorenza (@ToriFiorenza) November 14, 2014
Words cannot express how bad my heart hurts today. Thank you for everything, @DiemBrownMTV. I will forever cherish our memories. I love you
— Trey Weatherholtz (@MTVtrey) November 14, 2014
Words cannot express what @DiemBrownMTV meant to all of us on the challenge. My prayers go out to her family and loved ones
— ZachMTV (@ZachMTV) November 14, 2014