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Reality stars we've lost

Updated 11:05 AM ET, Wed August 15, 2018
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Lyric McHenry, one of the stars and a producer of the E! reality series "EJNYC" was found dead in New York City on August 14. McHenry, a longtime friend of the show's star EJ Johnson, was 26. Instagram
Christina Grimmie, who finished third on season 6 of NBC's "The Voice," died June 11 after being shot following a concert in Orlando. Katie Darby/Invision/AP
Ashley Sawyer was found dead on April 30 at an apartment complex in Hoover, Alabama, police told CNN. Authorities said they were investigating her death as a drug overdose. Sawyer appeared on MTV's "Catfish" in 2013 with Michael Fortunato whom she had been communicating with online for seven years. Fortunato died of a pulmonary embolism a month after their episode aired. MTV
Daisy Lewellyn, star of "Blood, Sweat & Heels" on Bravo, died at age 36 from cancer, the network confirmed on Friday, April 8. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
Musician Chris Carney, who starred in MTV reality show "twentyfourseven" before marrying actress Tiffany Thornton, died in a car crash December 4 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The couple has two children. Amy Graves/WireImage/Getty Images
Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" star Tony Lara, center, died while in Sturgis, South Dakota, for the famed motorcycle rally that takes over the city each August. Rick Gershon
Reality star Loredana Nesci, 47, was found dead in her California home on Wednesday, July 22. Redondo Beach police said they suspect foul play and are investigating the death as a homicide. from legaldiva.com
Anthony Riley, a contestant on the eighth season of "The Voice," died on June 5 at age 28, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Tyler Golden/NBC
"Food Network Star" contestant Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, was five months pregnant when she and her husband, Joseph Codd, 45, went missing in March. A North Carolina man, Robert Jason Owens, is accused of killing them. From Food Network
Ahmad Givens, best known as "Real" from the VH1 dating series "Real Chance of Love," died in February after battling colon cancer, the network said. She was 33. Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage/Getty Images
Actor and fitness expert Greg Plitt died on January 17 after being hit by a train, police said. The 37-year-old retired U.S. Army Ranger Captain was known for his roles on Bravo reality television shows "Work Out" and "Friends to Lovers," the latter of which debuted a few days before his death. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
"Biggest Loser" contestant Damien Gurganious died on November 24 from an inoperable brain bleed caused by the sudden onset of a rare autoimmune disorder, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), his wife Nicole Gurganious said in a public Facebook post. Gurganious was 38. Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images
Ryan Knight, who was part of the 2010 cast of MTV's "Real World New Orleans," died in November, according to police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Police say that after the 28-year-old went out with friends on Thanksgiving, he was sleeping on the floor when someone noticed he was not breathing. Mike Coppola/Getty Images
MTV reality star Diem Brown died November 14 after a long battle with cancer. She was 32. Getty Images/Mike Coppola
Singer and model Joanne Borgella, an "American Idol" contestant in 2008, died October 18 after a battle with cancer, according to her family. She was 32. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Simone Battle, an "X Factor" finalist and member of the group G.R.L., was found dead in a Los Angeles home on September 5, a coroner's spokesman said. She was 25. Ray Tamarra/GC Images/Getty Images
One-time "American Idol" finalist Michael Johns died on August 1. According to Entertainment Weekly, the Australian-born singer, who was on the Fox program in 2008, died at the age of 35. The Hollywood Reporter said the cause is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Former "Survivor" contestant Caleb Bankston died while working on a coal train near Birmingham, Alabama, on June 24, 2014, a railway official confirmed to CNN. Bankston, a 27-year-old train conductor, was a contestant on "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" along with his fiance, Colton Cumbie, according to the CBS show's website. Monty Brinton/CBS
Eric Hill, who was a contestant on "The Bachelorette," died in April 2014 from injuries suffered in a paragliding accident. Hill is seen here in a photo taken from his Facebook page. He was 31. Eric HIll/Facebook
"MasterChef" runner-up Joshua Marks was in "the battle of his life fighting mental illness" when he killed himself in October 2013, his family said. He was 26. Nico Stipcianos/Getty Images
Gia Allemand, who appeared on Season 14 of ABC's "The Bachelor," died in August 2013, two days after an apparent suicide attempt, a statement released on behalf of her family said. She was 29. Joe Corrigan/Getty Images
Shain Gandee of MTV's "Buckwild" was found dead in April 2013 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, authorities said. The body of Gandee, 21, was discovered in a vehicle along with the bodies of his uncle, David Dwight Gandee, 48, and Donald Robert Myers, 27. It was later reported that the cause of death was accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. MTV
Joey Kovar, a cast member of "The Real World: Hollywood," died of a suspected drug overdose in August 2012. He was 29. Kovar also appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab." MTV
Russell Armstrong, left, hanged himself in August 2011 while appearing on Bravo's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills." The series featured his estranged wife, Taylor, grappling with the aftermath of his suicide.
"Swamp People" star Mitchell Guist, right, died in Louisiana in May 2012. The 47-year-old was working to build a houseboat when he appeared to have a seizure and fell backward in his boat, said Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack. Another person, who did not want to be identified, performed CPR and called 911. The History Channel
"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn was drunk and speeding up to 140 mph when his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 crashed and caught fire on a Pennsylvania highway in June 2011, police said. The 34-year-old died from "blunt and thermal trauma" in the fiery crash, according to the autopsy report. Michael Buckner/Getty Images
New Jersey restaurant owner Joseph Cerniglia, who appeared on the first season of "Kitchen Nightmares," jumped from a bridge into New York's Hudson River in September 2010. The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide. He was 39. Getty Images
Capt. Phil Harris of "Deadliest Catch" died in February 2010 at the age of 53. The reality star was hospitalized after he suffered a stroke. Blair Bunting/Discovery Channel/Getty Images
Jennifer Lyon, who appeared on "Survivor: Palau" in 2005, died at her home in Oregon in January 2010. The 37-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer after her stint on the reality show. Fernando Leon/Getty Images
Frankie Abernathy was a cast member on "The Real World: San Diego," which aired on MTV in 2004. Abernathy, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and digestive track, was 25 when she died in June 2007. Jason Merritt/FilmMagic
Rachel Brown, a 2006 contestant on "Hell's Kitchen," was found dead of a gunshot wound in her Dallas home in May 2007. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office said Brown's death was ruled a suicide. Fox
In "The Real World: San Francisco," cast member Pedro Zamora shared his struggle with HIV/AIDS. After Zamora, 22, died in November 1994, President Bill Clinton said the Cuban-born reality star "changed the face of HIV and AIDS in America forever." MTV