Diem Brown, who starred on seven seasons of MTV’s The Challenge, has died at the age of 32, People confirmed.
Brown joined The Challenge: Fresh Meat after her first bout with ovarian cancer, explicitly stating her intention to use the reality competition as a platform to raise awareness for people living with cancer. She was a prominent, outspoken advocate who blogged about her struggles through remission and recurrence on People.com. She was also involved with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and spoke in Congress on behalf of the Affordable Care Act.
Before creating the online registry MedGift, Brown appeared on MTV’s Made and learned salsa so she could perform at a charity gala. Fellow Challenge competitor Chris “C.T.” Tamburello, her boyfriend at the time, appeared on Made and remained friends with Brown throughout their on-and-off relationship. She credited Tamburello for inspiring her during her first recovery, and their exchanges about her battle with cancer made for some of the series’ most touching moments. Though the couple broke up, Tamburello visited Brown during her final hospital stay, posting his support for her and MedGift on Instagram. READ FULL STORY