MTV 'Real World' Star Ryan Knight Dies At Age 29

Incredibly sad news this morning. Ryan Knight, who was a cast member on MTV's 2010 Real World New Orleans, was reportedly found dead by friends on Thanksgiving morning. Details about the 29-year-old's death are still a bit murky, but friends say Ryan spent the night before the holiday partying and in an extremely happy mood about a new relationship.


Knight reportedly retreated to a friend's house after a night out, in which several people say they saw him take "some pills." The following morning, a friend reportedly found him dead and says he choked on his own vomit.

News of Knight's death comes just a few weeks after MTV Challenge star Diem Brown died at age 32 after her long battle with ovarian cancer. Knight and Brown actually knew one another and had appeared together on The Challenge. Following her death, Knight tweeted a sweet message in his friend's honor: "A funeral for an Angel tomorrow. She'll fly the highest and shine the brightest. And without a doubt she'll be dancing over us. Love Ya DB."

MTV released the following statement last night:

"The Real World family has lost another member. Reactions here. … Our thoughts are with Ryan Knight's family and friends"

Several friends and cast mates also took to Twitter to express their condolences over losing Knight too soon. Zach Nichols, who appeared on The Challenge, wrote, "You lived your life in the fast lane, and your smile was contagious. My bunkmate, my buddy. Rest easy pal, I'll miss you."

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We don't have enough information to determine if Knight's death was accidental -- we want to assume so since his friends say he seemed very happy at the time. His last Twitter message before his death read, "You used to mean a lot." Though that's awfully mysterious and seems sad, it really doesn't tell us anything about his state of mind at the time.

Regardless, anytime a young person dies so suddenly, it's an absolute tragedy. And we can't even imagine how his family felt finding this out the morning of Thanksgiving. Wishing them a great amount of peace at this time.


Image via Knight/Twitter



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