Ahmad Givens, known as Real on the VH1 television shows “I Love New York” and “Real Chance of Love,” has died after a long battle with cancer, celebrity website TMZ reported. Givens was 34 years old. The celebrity website cited his brother Kamal “Chance” Givens, who also appeared on the two shows. Both brothers were members of the rap group The Stallionaires.
The reality star was diagnosed with stage-4 colon cancer in 2013 and his condition worsened after he took a fall in January, TMZ reported. He had reportedly been confined to a bed since the accident. Givens had undergone surgery in Decemer 2013 to remove cancerous polyps and tumors in his liver. He was said to be recovering well following surgery and a TMZ quoted a representative who said Givens' cancer was almost entirely removed. He was said to have a fighting chance of survival.
Kamal posted a tribute to his brother online, writing on Instagram: "I'll see you one day soon we shall dance again in God's kingdom forever and ever bro words can't describe my pain world pray for me!" according to TMZ.
The first season of "Real Chance of Love" premiered in October 2008, and was one of VH1's many shows based on its pool of talent attempting to find love. Previous iterations of the dating-show format featured '80s rock icon and Poison lead singer Bret Michaels, '80s rap group Public Enemy's frontman Flavor Flav and internet sensation Tila Tequila. Both Givens brothers were part of the cast of "I Love New York," an offshoot of "Flavor of Love," which featured Flavor Flav. "Real Chance of Love" lasted two seasons on VH1 and was not renewed by the network for further seasons.
TMZ reported Ahmad was having trouble with his vision and speech Friday night during a family visit and family members believed he would not make it through the night. He passed away hours later.
The VHI1 star set up a cancer fund in 2013 asking for fans to help with his “staggering” medical bills for cancer treatment.
On Twitter, fans tweeted their condolences to the Givens family and expressed shock that Ahmad had died. The term "RIP Real" trended worldwide on Twitter and was the top trending topic in the United States for a time Saturday morning. "Real Chance of Love" also trended in the U.S.
Wow RIP Real :( pic.twitter.com/3FhLdzTtZf
— sharpay evans (@britneyspheres) February 21, 2015