Ryan Knight, who appeared on the 2010 New Orleans installment of MTV’s The Real World, has died at the age of 29. The cause of death is said to be asphyxia through choking on throw up he could not eject from his body.
His passing is said to have occurred while at a friend’s house, which he and his group of fellow partygoers ended up at following a busy night out on the town. His body was discovered by one of his associate’s on Thursday morning, at which time his cause of death was said to be in no way a mystery based on the state of his being, and appropriate authorities were called to attend the scene and begin the necessary procedures that take place after they receive such notice. No autopsy has yet been done on the body, and it is not yet known whether or not one will be requested.
Knight’s death is said to have come as quite a shock to his friends and family, particularly to the people he was out with during Wednesday night’s aforementioned partying session. They say that he in no way was experiencing any open troubles or misfortune in his current life at the time, and was in fact experiencing extremely happiness over a new girlfriend he had just begun dating. He was reportedly upbeat and joyful during their night out, therefore leading his companions to rule out the possibility that Knight became too intoxicated as a means of coping or getting through a hard time. One of the last people to have contact with the former reality television star gave law enforcement the statement that he took an unknown quantity of an unspecified type of pills, and that this intake was heavily mixed with alcohol consumption.
Knight is the second Real World star to die within this past month. Two weeks ago, Diem Brown lost her long-time battle with ovarian cancer and passed away at the age of 34. The Germany native had been struggling on and off with her illness since 2005, when she was first diagnosed. She managed to temporarily keep the disease at bay on two separate occasions, going into remission between 2006-2011 and 2011-2014. When the cancer came back this year, Brown could fight it no longer and ended up passing away in a New York hospital surrounded by her friends and family. Recent reports have revealed that the woman’s on-again-off-again boyfriend Chris Tamburello (better known as CT), made one final attempt at reconciling their relationship five days before her death, by way of asking her the big question. He is said to have proposed at her bedside twice, the second time with more gusto after his first attempt had been rejected. Sources close to Brown say that she did not turn him down because she did not love him, but rather because she knew she had a limited amount to live, and did not want to become engaged under such circumstances.
It remains to be seen whether any kind of further investigation into Ryan Knight’s death will be launched. His friends and family are currently asking for respect and privacy in their time of grief.
By Rebecca Grace