MTV 'Challenge' star Diem Brown dies at 32

Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP

Diem Brown has lost a long battle with cancer.

The reality star and advocate for cancer survivors died Friday in a New York hospital, according to E! Network correspondent Alicia Quarles. She was 32.

Brown first won fame nearly a decade ago as a competitor on MTV's “Real World/Road Rules Challenge.” She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 23, and announced her real-life challenge on the show.

Undaunted, she continued to appear on “The Challenge” until recently, because, she said, it obliged her to keep pushing herself.

“But there were times I felt alone, and overwhelmed by side effects and medical expenses,” she told The Associated Press in 2012.

That led her to establish Medgift.com, an online gift registry enabling those with medical troubles to seek financial help as well as physical and emotional support. Her TV celebrity, she explained, gave her “the opportunity to make lives of other patients better.”

In a statement, MTV called Brown “a true fighter (who) brought passion to everything she touched.”

And as recently as Tuesday, she still sounded a battle call by tweeting: “My doctors are seemingly giving up but I won't & can't rollover. Whatever option I have to LIVE I'm grabbing!”artsDiem BrownMTVOther ArtsReal World/Road Rules Challenge

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Sen. Kamala Harris chosen as Joe Biden’s running mate

Joe Biden has chosen Sen. Kamala Harris of California as his running… Continue reading

Supervisors fear Tenderloin lawsuit settlement sets bad precedent

UC Hastings case pushed city to move more homeless residents into hotels or shelters

UCSF police seek suspect in killing at Inner Sunset campus

UC San Francisco police are investigating the death of a person who… Continue reading

Mayor Breed unveils $446.1 milion COVID-19 budget proposal

Mayor London Breed unveiled the budget proposal Tuesday for The City’s COVID-19… Continue reading

‘Street Crisis Response Team’ to respond to behavioral health calls

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Tuesday announced the creation of a… Continue reading

Most Read