A longtime star of MTV reality shows died today at age 32. People magazine reports that Diem Brown, who was hospitalized earlier this week, as we reported Wednesday, lost her long battle with cancer this morning.
Brown, who was known for her many appearances on MTV’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge,” had been dealing with the disease since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer at age 23. She revealed in October that she had been diagnosed with cancer in her stomach and colon, which had spread to her liver and lymph nodes.
Brown reportedly died at 10:22 a.m. today in New York City.
“She had candidly chronicled her cancer fight in a blog for People.com,” the magazine notes. “Along the way, Brown became an advocate and inspiration for others facing similar battles, founding MedGift, a support registry for those suffering from any illness.”
She said in an October interview with the publication: “I want people to know that the fight is worth it.”
After a recurrence of her cancer in 2012, she appeared as recently as August of this year to again have the disease on the run.
She told People at that time: “Cancer has changed who I am. It sounds like a cliche, but I’ve only got this one life, and I need to live every day to the fullest. I’m a lot more appreciative of things now.”
“Just a few weeks later, her world was turned upside down once more when she collapsed with crippling stomach pains while filming a new reality competition,” the publication reports. “The devastating diagnosis: Her cancer had returned, this time in both her colon and stomach lining.”