Diem Brown, who was a regular on the Real Word/Road Rules Challenges on MTV, died in NYC today after shanking, kicking, cutting and punching that asshole trash known as cancer three times. Diem was only 32.
Diem made her Challenge debut in 2006’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat. In Fresh Meat, a cast member from Road Rules or The Real World was paired with a newbie who had never been on any MTV reality show before. Diem was a newbie. During her first Challenge, Diem told everyone she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just three weeks before shooting started. After her first shank fight with cancer, the cancer went away for a while. Six years later in 2012, her ovarion cancer came back. Diem once again Crisco’d up her face, put all her rings on and took off her earrings to fight cancer for a second time. After months of chemo, the cancer went into remission for a second time. But because cancer is a piece of shit who can’t take a loud hint, it came back this past August.
While shooting her eighth Challenge in Panama in August, she collapsed on set and was airlifted to NYC. Doctors told Diem that they found cancer in her stomach lining and colon. A month later, she learned that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and liver. Diem tweeted and fought till the end and three days ago she tweeted this heartbreak-inducing note:
I NEED PRAyErs and advice my doctors are seemingly giving up but I won’t & can’t rollover. Whatever option I have to LIVE I’m grabbing!
While shooting her second Challenge, The Duel, in 2006, Diem met my big nostril’d dreamboat CT from The Real World: Paris and the two dated on and off. They stayed friends and he’s been Instagramming words and pictures of support for her during the last few weeks.
Last month, Diem told People that she would fight until the very end:
“I want people to know that the fight is worth it. And that’s something that’s so important for me.”
Rest in peace, Diem.