Diem Brown, the reality star who shot to fame for her role on the MTV series "Real World/Road Rules Challenge", passed away on Friday.
The 32-year-old died of cancer at a New York hospital, with family and friends by her side. In 2005, when she was just 23-years old, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She recovered and was reportedly healthy until she was diagnosed with the disease once again in 2012. She underwent treatment for months until in August 2013, in an interview with People.com, she said that she was cancer-free, The Los Angeles Times reports.
However, while she was filming for the eighth season of "Challenge" for MTV in Panama some weeks later, she collapsed. It was later revealed that her cancer had relapsed. But this time, it had spread to the colon, liver, stomach and lymph nodes. While she was undergoing treatment, she worked as a blogger for People.com where she wrote about her battle with cancer, Fox News reports.
On Tuesday, Brown pleaded for prayers and support as her doctors were starting to "give up".
"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!" Brown posted on Twitter.
The MTV star wanted to have a family and had her eggs frozen before undergoing hysterectomy.
Just after her death, MTV released a statement through US Weekly that read: "MTV is tremendously sad to hear the news that Diem Brown has lost her long battle with cancer. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched. We will miss her," Daily Mail reports.
Off late, she had become the face for the fight for cancer. She also founded MedGift.com, a registry to help those battling with cancer. "Any item that can help reduce one ounce of stress, they can register for it," Brown told, referring to the registry, Fox News in 2012. "It takes the pride out of asking for help."