“Bad Girls Club” star Linsey “Jade” Berardi has died at the age of 22, according to a statement by Oxygen, the network home of the reality-television series. The details of her death remain a mystery, but the confirmation of it came Friday.
Rumors about Berardi’s death began as mere speculation online, which led many to believe it wasn’t true. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a celebrity death hoax this time around. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Linsey ‘Jade’ Berardi, who appeared in ‘Bad Girls Club Season 12,’” Oxygen said in its statement. “Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts go out to her family, friends and fans.”
Entertainment Weekly noted the circumstances surrounding her untimely demise have not been publicly reported, so there’s no indication about what caused her passing. Us Weekly pointed out the woman known on the hit reality-TV show as “The Brooklyn Brat” left it after just two episodes. There were rumors her departure was tied to a physical altercation with a member of the camera crew.
Although Berardi’s cause of death isn’t known, her co-star Jada Cacchilli tweeted her condolences a day before the network’s statement, when she appeared to have speculated on it. In one post, she said, “Sad to find out @misslinseyjade life was cut so short.” In another, she said, “Appreciate the ones you keep close!” Shortly afterward, she tweeted:
Drugs ruin so many lives... _
— Jada Cacchilli (@Jada5Starz) April 3, 2015
Again, Berardi’s cause of death is unknown, and there’s no evidence to support the idea that drugs played a part in her passing. Meanwhile, her other co-stars tweeted less targeted condolences. Fellow “Bad Girls Club” cast member Loren “Lo” London tweeted (again before the network’s statement):
I pray that the news is not true but if it is I send my condolences to Lindsey's family and friends #BGC12 _
— Lo London (@LO_LONDON) April 2, 2015
According to Oxygen, Berardi’s family has asked that, in lieu of donations or flowers, anyone looking to honor her memory should send their money to animal shelters as she was an animal lover and “passionate advocate” for them.