Diem Brown, Real World/Road Rules Challenge Star, Dies at 32

Diem Brown, who found fame as a cast member of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge, died today at a New York City hospital after a long battle with cancer, People.com is reporting. She was 32.

Brown, who candidly wrote about her health crisis for People, made her debut on the MTV staple in 2006 — revealing her ovarian cancer diagnosis during filming. She went on to appear in six additional cycles of the Challenge franchise.

Brown’s ovarian cancer returned in 2012. In the last few months, she revealed that tumors had spread to her stomach and colon, and then to her liver and lymph nodes.

Despite the harrowing news, Brown, who founded MedGift as a way for seriously ill people to raise money and update friends and family, remained optimistic in her public statements. “My big goal in life is to prove people wrong,” she insisted in September. “You think I’m out? Watch: I’m going to get healthy, and I’m going to have my family and my dream again.”

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  1. LADY_in_MD says:

    Very sad so young :-(
    My condolences to her family and friends

  2. spindae2 says:

    RIP! She was a beautiful and brave fighter. I’m so sad about it, my condolences to her family and friends.

  3. Nate says:


  4. Tee says:

    No! I always hoped she and CT would get back together!

  5. Jenny says:

    Beautiful person. So sad.

  6. Andrea Dawson says:

    This makes me incredibly sad. She had such a strong will to live. Thinking about CT and the rest of her loved one.

  7. HappyDaisy says:

    While I didn’t personally know Diem Brown, this news has saddened me. She was the epitome of courage and beauty and a fighter until the very end. May her family and friends find some peace during this tough time.

  8. Julia says:

    This really hit me for some reason. She was such a beautiful and tough woman…a real fighter to the end. I was so hoping to get news that she had improved so that she could live the life she dreamed of.

  9. KN says:

    Thank you for calling in RW/RR Challenge and not The Challenge.

  10. Tii says:

    May you rest in Peace Diem, you were beautiful outside as well as in. Your strength and beauty always shown through, all that you did. My condolences go out to your family and friends. We all fell in love will your spirit and smile. God Bless you always beautiful angel, you will never be forgotten.

  11. Steven says:

    Never watched her shows, but that last quote has me on the verge of tears. RIP.

  12. Joey Padron says:

    Sad to hear about her passing. She was so young and had much to live for. My thoughts and prayers to her family & friends.

  13. LaLa76 says:

    Diem was a beautiful soul. I am sad she is gone…but happy that she is no longer in pain and that her spirit shines from above. RIP Diem!

  14. Angie_Overrated says:

    A few years younger than I. Ugh. Life can be so cruel. I loved that feisty chick, and I’m so sad to learn this news.

  15. keith says:

    I haven’t watched in years but definitely remember her. What a great person.

  16. Angela delarosa says:

    So sorry! Loved her and CT love for each other on the challenge! No more pain no more tears! U r free in heaven with a perfect body!