MTV Star Diem Brown Loses Battle to Cancer, Dies at 32

By on November 16, 2014

After a long, brave battle with cancer, 32-year-old Diem Brown has passed away.

The MTV reality star, who was featured on shows like the Real World/Road Rules Challenge, had spoken at great length about her fight with the disease.

Brown first battled ovarian cancer in 2003, at age 23, and suffered a recurrence in 2012. Recently she was diagnosed with colon cancer, a third hurdle that she told E! News was the “scariest build up towards my cancer journey.”

Brown’s attitude remained optimistic, however, and she explained that those closest to her have helped her get through the darkest moments.

“Both mentally, physically and emotionally the most traumatic. I’ve been needing some hope to fight for, some light to look forward to at the end of this journey. I find that strength in my family, friends and fans. People I’ve never met believe in me, I can’t let them down! I won’t.”

Brown experienced a major setback earlier this fall in her chemotherapy after she was hospitalized once doctors discovered a blockage in her kidneys.

Alicia Quarles posted on her friend’s website that tumors were “causing pressure on her kidneys so the [doctors] will put stints in to relieve the pressure and pain.”

Brown was about to start chemotherapy following her emergency surgeries in August, but the curveball postponed the timeline of her treatment.

“I was supposed to get my ‘chemo cocktail,’ but after they did the blood draw they saw a spike in my kidney levels, so they were only able to give me one of the two chemos,” a hopeful Brown told People magazine at the time.


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