Reality television is a genre of television programming based on true to life story or unscripted documents performed by unknown cast, which the genre often focused on personal drama and conflict to a much greater extent than other unscripted television such as documentary shows. The genre has various standard tropes, such as reality TV confessionals used by cast members or chosen competitors, to express their thoughts, which often double as the shows’ narration. In competition-based reality shows, a notable subset, there are other common elements such as one participant being eliminated per episode, a panel of judges, and the concept of immunity from elimination. The genre began in the reality television show with The Real World in the mid of 1990s. In the late 1990s to early 2000, reality television exploded as a phenomenon with the global success of the series Survivor and Big Brother. However, there are television shows, such as Documentaries, television news, sports television, talk shows and game shows, that are not classified as reality television, though they contain elements of reality television, such as unscripted situations and sometimes unknown participants. Other genres that predate the reality television boom have sometimes been retroactively grouped into reality TV, including shows of hidden camera, Candid camera, talent-search shows such as the 1948’s The Original Amateur Hour, the 1964’s Up Series a documentary series about ordinary people, high-concept game shows in 1965 such as The Dating Game, in 1979s This Old House a reality show of home improvement shows and in 1981’s The People’s Court a court shows that features real-life cases. Since reality television rise in popularity, it has faced significant criticism. The Amazing Race reality shows has low ratings though after a while, the show has regained its ratings, smae with reality television show Lost, (not related to the better-known drama series with the same title) and The Mole. The most popular reality television shows not only in the United States but in many countries in the worls such as Survivor, American Idol, The X Factor, Got Talent, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Master Chef, Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmare, Top Model and a lot more reality game shows, such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Weakest Kink, Deal or No Deal, Jeopardy and many more reality television with over 50 international adaptions each, some of these franchises, Top Model, was created by either British producers or Endemol the Dutch production company. Avid viewers of reality television has their own bets and favorite characters, and saddened their fans if these cast member suddenly passed away.
1) Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin age 44
Stephen Robert “Steve” Irwin (born February 22, 1962 – died September 4, 2006), best known and achieve fame internationally as The Crocodile Hunter, was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist, worldwide broadcast documentary on wildlife series which he co-hosted with his wife Terri. Steve and Terri Irwin also owned and operated Australia Zoo in Beerwah, about 50 miles or 80 km north of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, founded by Irwin’s parents. Irwin was killed at the age of 44, on September 4, 2006, while snorkeling at Batt Reef of the Great Barrier Reef near Port Douglas, Queensland, after he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb, while filming underwater the Ocean’s Deadliest a documentary film during a bad weather. Irwin decided to film some shots on the shallow water for Bindi, his daughter’s television show Bindi the Jungle Girl, and he approached an 8ft wide in chest-deep water stingray from behind in order to film it swimming away. The stingray reacted to Irwin’s movement as if a shark was attacking, and strike Irwin several times in the body with the stingray’s tail spine, according to only witness. The behavior of the stingray have been a defensive response of being caught as prey. At first, Irwin thought that he only had a punctured lung but the tail spine had pierced his heart and caused him extremely bleeding. Crew members aboard Irwin’s boat rushed him to the shore and administered CPR, but medical staff pronounced him dead at the scene. Irwin’s death was captured on video and is believed to be the only fatality from a stingray, which a copy of the footage was reviewed by the Queensland state police, but at the request of the Irwin family, all copies of the video were reportedly destroyed. On September 9, 2006, Irwin’s Family and friends held a private funeral ceremony service in Caloundra, and his remains was buried at Australia Zoo later that same day, in which the grave site is inaccessible to the visitors of the zoo. Steve Irwin met Terri Raines in 1991, an American naturalist from Eugene, Oregon, who was visiting at that time the rehabilitation facilities of the wildlife in Australia, and decided to visit the Australia Zoo. It was love at first sight according to Steve and Terri Irwin, and were later engaged four months and were married on June 4, 1992 in Eugene, Oregon. The couple had two children, Bindi Sue Irwin, a daughter,born on July 24, 1998, and a son, named after his father, Robert Clarence “Bob” Irwin born on December 1, 2003, while his daughter’s name was taken after two of Steve Irwin’s favorite pets, a saltwater crocodile named Bindi, and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Sui, who died on June 23, 2004. MY Steve Irwin the Sea Conservation Society ship was named after the late Steve Irwin in his honor.
2) Anna Nicole Smith
Anna Nicole Smith, died at age 39
Anna Nicole Smith, 39 with son Daniel Wayne Smith, age 20 (image credit:www.kjendis.no)
Anna Nicole Smith born Vickie Lynn Hogan, born November 28, 1967 – died February 8, 2007, was an American model, actress, and television personality, who first gained her fame winning the Playboy’s Playmate of the Year in 1993. Smith’s second marriage to octogenarian J. Howard Marshall brought so much media attention and was highly publicized due to speculation that she married the 89 year-old American business magnate for his money, which Nicole Smith denied who at that time was only 26. Following Marshall’s death on August 4, 1995 at age 90, Smith began a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate, but lost the case in Texas. On June 1, 2006, Nicole Smith posted on her website in a video clip that she was pregnant with Howard K. Stern, her longtime personal attorney, that they had secret personal relationship, and announced her pregnancy because Stern was confident he was the father of the baby. However, Larry Birkhead, an entertainment photographer, filed a lawsuit to establish paternity, and DNA result proved that Birkhead was the biological father of the baby. On September 7, 2006, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern was born at the Nassau, Bahamas Doctor’s Hospitla, and according to the Bahamian birth certificate, the father recorded was Howard K. Stern. A judge in the Bahamas ruled Larry Birkhead, photographer as the father of Dannielynn on April 10, 2007. Nicole Smith’s eldest son, Daniel Wayne Smith, born on January 22, 1986, 20-year-old son with ex-husband Billy Wayne Smith, died on September 10, 2006 in his mother’s hospital room while visiting her at the maternity ward in Doctors Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, three days after she had given birth to Daniel’s half-sister, Dannielynn Hope Marshall. Daniel Smith appeared frequently in his mother’s reality TV show on E! Network. The coroner labeled the death of Daniel Smith as reserved, after his sudden death. Nicole Smith hired Cyril Wecht a forensic pathologist to perform a second autopsy, while she remained in the Bahamas with newborn, Dannielynn and husband Stern, Daniel’s father, Billy Smith gathered with his family in the United States for memorial services on October 7, 2006 in Media, Texas. Daniel Smith was buried at New Providence, Bahamas’ Lake View Cemetery. Daniel Smith frequently appears in his mother, Nicole Smith’s reality TV show. On October 19, 2006, almost six weeks after Daniel’s death, Dr. Wecht announced the autopsy report he performed on Larry King Live television show, that Daniel died from a lethal combination of Zoloft, Lexapro and methadone, and also explained that methadone is used in the treatment of heroin and morphine addiction, and said he had not make any conclusion why Daniel was using the drug. On February 8, 2007, Nicole Smith was found dead at her Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in room 607 in Hollywood, Florida. A friend of Smith, Tasma Brighthaupt, performed CPR for 15 minutes, who was a trained emergency nurse, until her husband, Maurice “Big Moe” Brighthaupt, Smith’s friend and bodyguard, had driven back into the hotel after his wife called, and took over to perform CPR. Maurice Brighthaupt, who was also a trained paramedic, called the hotel front desk from Smith’s sixth-floor room, and the front desk in turn called security, who called 911. At 1:45 p.m. Smith’s bodyguard, Maurice Brighthaupt administered CPR until paramedics arrived and at 2:10 p.m. Nicole Smith was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital and pronounced dead on arrival at 2: 49 p.m. Dr. Perper announced that Smith died of combined drug intoxication with the major component of the sleeping medication chloral hydrate and Smith’s untimely death was ruled a drug overdose of the sedative chloral hydrate that became extremely lethal when combined with other prescription drugs.
3) Cheryl Kosewicz
Cheryl Kosewicz in Pirate Master reality TV (image credit:www.tvguide.com)
Cheryl Lynn Kosewicz was born on November 11, 1971 in Grand Coulee, Washington, she was a reality TV star on the CBS show Pirate Master, being the fourth to be eliminated contestant. Kosewicz worked for the Clark County District Attorney’s Office until 2000, and moved to Reno and worked in the District Attorney’s office, before joining the CBS reality TV show, Pirate Master. On July 27, 2007, Kosewicz committed suicide
in Sparks, Nevada, soon after
learning that her 26 year old boyfriend, heavy machine operator Ryan O’Neil committed suicide on June 12, less than two months after Kosewicz took her own life at the age of 35. Cheryl Kosewicz, blamed the show for causing fights between herself and her boyfriend O’Neil, who committed suicide two months prior to her suicide, according to her fellow contestant Nessa Nemir, 29-year-old make-up artist from Berkeley, California and posted it in her MySpace webpage. Kosewicz tragic death, is the second suicide involving a Mark Burnett production, the creator of Survivor, and the reality show, The Contender, when in February 14, 2005, American boxer Najai “Nitro” Turpin fatally shot himself after an episode in which he starred in the boxing reality show The Contender aired.
Najai “Nitro” Turpin
Najai ‘Nitro” Turpin (image credit:the.honoluluadvertiser.com
Najai “Nitro” Turpin born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 19, 1981— died on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2005, was a professional boxer. Turpin was a contestant on The Contender reality TV show, where he was placed on the East Coast team and matched himself against a man seven inches taller than he was, Sergio Mora, in the first round. On February 14, 2005, Turpin committed suicide, at age 23, while sitting in a car with his longtime girlfriend, Angela Chapple arguing over the custody of their 2-year-old daughter. Another factor contributing to his suicide is the fact that between the time of his elimination from the show The Contender, Turpin had not been allowed to fight so it would not spoil the show’s finale, along with the low self-esteem that may have resulted from his defeat on the show. Turpin’s initials were imprinted on the shorts of Ishe Oluwa Ali Smith during a match an episode dedicated in honor of Turpin. He was the first American reality show contestant to take his own life, but elsewhere in the world there have been examples of suicides among reality TV stars, such as Sinisa Savija, in 1997, the first person ever voted off Expedition Robinson, the Swedish successor to Survivor, killed himself immediately after the episode aired.
4) Paula Goodspeed
Paula Goodspeed, age 30 (image credit:gravyandbiscuits.com)
Paula Goodspeed was a reality TV show contestant and singer on American Idol, born on July 4, 1978, and was found dead on November 11, 2008, by taking her own life. Goodspeed was known for being a fanatic fan of Paula Abdul, singer and American Idol judge, and even changed her first name to Paula at the age of 16 and modeled her wardrobe and singing career after her idol, Paula Abdul. Goodspeed committed suicide at age 30, in Novemeber 11, 2008, in Sherman Oaks, California, because of drug overdose in her car parked outside of the home of Paula Abdul in Sherman, Oaks, CA. According to report, Goodspeed sent flowers to Paula Abdul before she committed suicide. The press had accused Goodspeed that she was being nothing more than another celebrity stalker, but her relatives denied that accusation. Goodspeed was known for her joining the American Idol in 2002 and her appearance in the 2004 film, The Hollow.
5) Ashley Jewell
AJ Ashley Jewell (image credit:www.examiner.com)
Asheley Jewell, age 15 (image credit:rockstu.com)
In October 2009, Ashley “A.J.” Jewell was killed outside of an Atlanta Body Tap strip club’s parking area, after suffering major head trauma. A.J. Jewell, was 34 years old at the time of his death, was engaged to Kandi Burruss, who stars in the TV show ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta.’ Frederick Richardson is being charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of A.J. Jewell who died from head injuries after the fight in the parking lot of the Body Tap strip club. A.J. Jewell has six children from different relationship, while Burruss had a one child from her previous relationship but was never been married. Jewell had appeared in several episodes of the reality television show, which follows the lives of metro Atlanta socialites. On March 5, 2011, Saturday, the 15 year-old daughter of the late A.J. Jewell, was shot to the head after a road rage incident at around 10:30 p.m. Two vehicles were traveling on Old National Highways, when one of the car started chasing the other car, and shots were fired shortly, and 15-year-old Asheley Jewell was hit in the head, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jewell underwent emergency surgery at the Grady Memorial Hospital, and survived the tragic shooting incident, and was release from the hospital few weeks later.
6) Jeanne Bice
Jeanne Bice, (image credit:community.qvc.com)
Jeanne Bice (born July 20, 1939 – died June 10, 2011) was an entrepreneur, businesswoman and reality TV personality, famous for her trademark headbands and the founder of the Quacker Factory line of clothing company, which made appearrance in 1995 on QVC. As of March 2011, Bice’s company, Quacker Factory, has grossed more than $50 million in sales. Since Jeanne Bice’s appearances on QVC, her Quacker Factory line made her a as an idol to her fans. Bice was also a frequent guest on a weekly American television series that airs on E!, The Soup, appearing opposite host, comedian, actor, producer Joel McHale. In 1981, Butch Bice, Jeanne’s husband, died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 42, leaving her a widow at age 40, with two children to support. On June 10, 2011, Jeanne Bice died of complications from uterine cancer, at the age of 71 at her home in Boca Raton, Florida. On July 1, 2011, three weeks to that former Ripon resident and QVC host Jeanne Bice died, her daughter, Terry (Lee) Bice, died at age 47, Friday, with no actual cause of death released publicly. Some Fans have speculated that Lee had a heart condition, or may be died of a broken heart due to her mother’s passing.
7) Julien Hug
Julien Hug, Bachelorette Reality TV personality (image credit:web.poptower.com)
Bachelorette Jillian Harris , age 35, posted on her Twitter page on November 3, 2010, that she mourned the death of Julien Hug on her Twitter page. The Bachelorette season five television personality contestant, Julien Hug, age 35, a skydiver and a restaurant manager of Augusta Restaurant in San Diego, owned by his parents, Bertrand and Denise Hug, was found dead, from inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday afternoon, during an aerial search after he was reported missing last Monday, after his jeep was spotted on a remote access road part of San Bernardino National Forest in Southern California. Julien Hug died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a spokeswoman of the family said, leaving a note for his parents, he left letters for his coworkers and his live-in girlfriend of two years, Jennifer Bell. Hug’s body was airlifted out from the scene on Thursday due to sunset and the terrain.
8) Matt Hughes
Matt Hughes, age 30, storm chaser (image credit:www.nydailynews.com)
Matt Hughes, one of the meteorologist stars of Discovery’s Storm Chasers, committed suicide by hanging himself, on May 26 in Wichita, Kansas, he was 30 years old. Hughes committed suicide months ago according to local authorities, but was resuscitated, but there is no information Hughes how many days Hughes stayed in the hospital, but autopsy date was May 27. According to the local police, they received a call about a suicide attempt at Hughes’ residence and found him still alive and breathing, and was transported to a hospital nearby, but died almost two weeks later. Fellow storm chaser and pal Aaron Blaser recounted what happened, when he posted a blog on Wichita’s KAKAE-TV site, in June 7, that Hughes suffered from depression”.
9) Joseph Cernigalia
Joseph Cerniglia, age 39 (www.italiaatavola.net)
Joseph Cernigilia and Gordnon Ramsey (www.theweek.co.uk)
Joseph Cerniglia of Pompton Plains, was born July 15, 1971, a self-taught chef, and a restaurant owner at age 39. In 2007, Cerniglia had appeared onreality television show of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmare, and during the show, Ramsey told him that his business was about to swim down the Hudson, where Ramsey unleashed that Cerniglia’s restaurant was in debt of more than $80,000 when it was featured on the show. Joseph Cerniglia was found dead on September 24, 2010, floating in the Hudson River Friday afternoon after jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Joseph Cerniglia had worked previously at the Gallagher’s Steakhouse chain for many years as an executive chef. One Cerniglia’s goals was to work at the Outback Steakhouse in Wayne, and during this time, he met his wife, Melissa De Vries, became and engaged and later they both married in 1996. Cerniglia bought the Campania restaurant in Fair Lawn, New Jersey in 2006. Cerniglia left behind his wife, Melissa and three sons, Evans, Michael and Nicholas Cerniglia, parents, brothers and sisters.
10) Rachel Brown Hell’s Kitchen’s Reality TV
Rachel Brown (image credit:newsworld88.blogspot.com)
Rachel Brown elimination at Hells Kitchen by Gordon Ramsey (image credit:www.cnn.com)
Rachel Brown age 41, a personal chef, was one of the contestant on Hell’s Kitchen, a cooking competition and American reality television show on Fox hosted by the famous chef Gordon Ramsay. In 2007, Rachel Brown was found dead, shot herself to death in her family’s Dallas home, she committed suicide a year after coming in fifth on the competition show that competes with other chefs. Rachel Brown, 41, was openly gay, and had a girlfriend, and her death was assumed as personal matter, and not as booted out of the Hell’s Kitchen show as speculated by some viewers. Brown appeared on the cooking reality television show, where she created a reality show, where she was involved with another female contestant. After her eviction from the reality show, Rachel Brown was quoted in a local paper saying she did not regret the experience.
11) James Scott Terrill
Scott Terrill, single dad Reality TV Supernanny (image credit:www.findadeath.com)
James Scott Terrill, age 37, a single dad of Georgetown, Kentucky, appeared in January 23, 2008, on the ABC reality show Supernanny, seeking help in managing his two sons, Lane, 11, and Tate, 5, after his wife left abandoned them. Terrill was reportedly still struggling with parenting as a single dad after the camera left. The Sueprnanny reality show was hosted by nanny Jo Frost, and the aim of the show was to help parents deal with young children who were out of control. James Scott Terrill called Georgetown police from the cemetery where his father was buried and threatened to shoot himself in the chest on July 4, 2008, where the police stayed on the phone with him for almost an hour, believing that they calmed him down, however, Terrill, took his own life while talking with the authorities.The Supernanny reality show’s producers, Richochet expressed “extreme sadness” upon hearing the tragic news.
12) Nathan Clutter
, 26 year-old reality television personality, born August 21, 1981 one of 11 singles appearing in MyNetworkTV
and upcoming revival of Paradise Hotel
on Fox Reality Channel, actually died in an apparent suicide
, according to police documents obtained by Reality TV World, though the networks broadcast has stated that Clutter died in a climbing accident
. Nathan Clutter is a native of Danville, IL but currently residing in Phoenix, Arizona and worked as a sales manager, before he started filming Paradise Hotel 2
last summer, took his own life in the morning of October 12, 2007, after jumping off a tower of the Alltel cellular telephone in Amarillo, Texas, according to the Randall County Sheriff’s Office incident report. The motive of his suicide was unknown, but the Clutter family believed that he had been dealing with extreme depression before his death, since no suicide note was found in his body or in his vehicle. Speculations spread that he took his own life after he was eliminated from the reality show Paradise Hotel 2, however, his family stated that Nathan was suffering from depression.
13) Ryan Jenkins
Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore
Jasmine Fiore, born Jasmine Lepore, is a swimsuit model, also worked as a body-painted model at parties for entertainment, commercial model for adult phone lines and bathing suits, and also appeared in Las Vegas Casino shows. Jasmine Fiore had a long and intimate relationship with Robert Hasman, with whom Fiore intended to marry soon, according to her best friend of one and a half year, Marta Montoya. Fiore met Travis Heinrich, in 2005, and had become engaged for less than half a year in 2006 or 2007, although the couple broke off this engagement, they continued to date according to People magazine. Jasmine Fiore later met real estate investor, Canadian-born 32 year-old Ryan Jenkins at a Las Vegas casino, shortly after Ryan Jenkins had completed filming reality show Megan Wants a Millionaire. Two days later On March 18, 2009, two days after they met, the couple married at The Little White Wedding Chapel on the Las Vegas Strip. In June 2009, Ryan Jenkins was charged in Clark County, Nevada with “battery constituting domestic violence” for hitting Fiore in the arm and fall into a swimming pool nearby, according to court records, after an argument over Fiore’s friendship with ex-boyfriend, Travis Heinrich, who was present at that time. Ryan Jenkins was to go on trial in December, however the couple reconciled shortly before the death of Fiore and were reportedly traveling to San Diego for a poker game. On the evening of August 13, 2009, the couple checked into the L’Auberge hotel in Del Mar, San Diego, according to investigator’s report. The said couple, Jenkins and Fiore, were to attend a poker tournament, a charity fund-raiser for the Carma Foundation at the Del Mar Hilton. On August 14, Friday, Ryan Jenkins was seen returning to the L’Auberge hotel in Del Mar alone at around 4:30 a.m., and his wife, Fiore was not seen with him, and, at around 9 a.m., Jenkins left the L’Auberge hotel. On August 15, 2009, Saturday, at about 7 a.m., Fiore’s body was discovered, but not identified immediately because of her badly beaten and crushed body, and has been strangled, teeth and fingers removed, before her anked body was stuffed inside a suitcase inside a dumpster in an alley in Buena Park, CA. according to Buena Park police. The San Diego authorities believed that the intention of mutilation was an attempt to cover identification. Fiore’s remains were identified on August 18, by using her breast implants’ serial numbers. Fiore had died a couple of hours before her body was found according to the Orange County coroner’s office report. The white Mercedes car of Fiore was found abandoned in a parking lot in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, about a mile from the penthouse Fiore shared with Jenkins in Fairfax District, Los Angeles. Police reported that they found evidence of hair pulling and there was a significant amount of blood. On August 15, around 8:55 p.m., Ryan Jenkins reported Fiore was missing, and reported to the police that he last saw Fiore on August 14, about 8:30 p.m. at their home on Edinburgh Avenue, Los Angeles. According to Jenkins, they had gone to San Diego for a poker event and that evening, after returning, Fiore dropped him off and went to do some errands, but never returned. On August 16, 2009, at around 9 a.m., the day after Fiore was reported missing, Jenkins was seen leaving their penthouse for the last time after packing his things, and he went to Nevada after he left Los Angeles, to pick up his speedboat. On August 17, Monday, Jenkins said he was in Utah, when police contacted him, and was heading to Canada to resolve some immigration issues, and the following day, August 18, Fiore’s body was identified and the murder was first reported in the media. Jenkins was the only a person in the Fiore’s murder investigation and had not been charged, and alerted the Canadian authorities to watch for him, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also confirmed they are watching closely over the waters of northwest Washington searching for Jenkins. On early Wednesday of August 19, a man seen piloting his boat, matching Jenkins’ description, into a marina in the border town of Point Roberts, where Ryan Jenkins’ stepmother lives. Jenkins was charged with Fiore’s murder and an arrest warrant was issued on August 20, and that morning,at about 6 p.m., Ryan Jenkins arrived in a silver PT Cruiser with an Alberta license plates, with a young blonde woman at the Thunderbird Motel in Hope, British Columbia, Canada. Jenkins parked beside a dumpster rather than parking beside the motel rooms, which the motel manager have found it strange. Ryan Jenkins stayed in the car while the young blonde woman about 25 to 30 years old, paid cash for three nights’ accommodation. The motel manager described the young woman as attractive,very calm, making some “small talk” while registering. The woman stayed stayed for about 20 minutes, the guest in the next room said, with Jenkins in Room 2 and then left the motel, and was not seen again, and seen Jenkins the following day, August 21, 2009, by the motel manager, walking outside the motel and looked exhausted. On August 23, about 11:30 a.m., Jenkin’s failed to check out. the motel manager and his nephew decided to check on the room, and found Jenkins dead from apparent suicide, his body was found hanging from the wall‘s clothes rack by a belt. No suicide note was found in the motel, but the police found a one-page suicide note saved on Jenkins’ computer titled Last Will and Testament dated August 20, 2009. On August 27, 2009, Investigators found a storage unit in Washington state, full of Ryan Jenkins’ belongings and a suitcase full of clothes.
14) Jennifer Lyon
Jennifer Lyon, age 37
Jennifer “Jenn” Jane Lyon (February 27, 1972 – January 19, 2010) was one of the competitors in Survivor: Palau, and finished fourth in the competition. Survivor: Palau is the tenth season of the American CBS reality television series Survivor, filmed from November 1, 2004 to December 9, 2004, which premiered on February 17, 2005. The Survivor: Palau was filmed in Koror, Palau hosted by Jeff Probst. The reality television game started with all twenty players on the same beach, having the tribe divided, where Lyon was chosen by Gregg Carey, whom she developed a relationship with him, to be on the Koror tribe, and in return, Lyon chose Coby to join the tribe. The Koror tribe won every tribal immunity challenge and became being the dominant tribe. During this time Jenn Lyon developed a rivalry with Stephenie LaGrossa of the Ulong tribe during the challenge of two tribes, where Stephenie LaGrossa beat her in challenges. However, the ‘relationship’ between Lyon and Gregg Carey, lasted only on the island of Palau, according to the reunion show, but they remained friends after the reality show. A revote was unsuccessful to break the tie breaker against Ian, so Lyon was put in the first ever final four fire. Jennifer Lyon lost the challenge, which put her on the jury. At the final tribal, Lyon gave her vote to Tom Westman to win the game. Lyon was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2005, while residing in Encino, California, and began posting in her blogs about her disease and treatment. Lyon died from cancer on January 19, 2010, which had come back from remission and the cancer spreading to her bones. Jennifer Lyon was the first cast member of reality television series, Survivor to die.
15) Tom Sparks
Tom Sparks (image credit:www.ruhalayaseminary.org)
Tom Sparks a reality television personality ABC show Wipeout, died after a stroke. at the age of 33, on November 5, 2009. On October 19, 2009, Sparks was doing a stunt on the show, complained of severe pain on his knee and medics on the set, who examined him, noticed his shortness in breathing and rushed Sparks to the hospital. But the brain damage was too extensive to repair. Sparks had been competing on the show Wipeout with his new wife. His father, Bill Sparks, stated to the Idaho Mountain Express and Guide, that the doctors determined the stroke probably was caused by antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, known as APS, is associated with recurrent clotting events including premature stroke and heart attack. Tom Sparks, who was a runner and competed recently in a marathon, who married Kate recently, and was competing on some episodes on Wipeout with his wife. The Endemol announced that all contestants of Wipeout reality game show, undergo medical examinations, however, APS diganosis requires blood test to determine the disease.
16) Kandice Hutchinson
Kandice Hutchinson, age 22 (image credit:www.bittenandbound.com)
Kandice Hutchinson,age 22, is one of the contestants kicked off the upcoming MTV dating show A Double Shot at Love, died in a car accident a shortly after taping her last appearance for the reality television show, according to report. Hutchinson’s family opted to keep her in the show. On October 21, 2008, Kandice Hutchinson died after her car was rear-ended causing Kandice to be ejected and died on the scene, according to KDFW in Texas. A Double Shot at Love is an American reality television dating game series which first aired on MTV weekly from December 9, 2008 to February 3, 2009.
17) Jade Goody
Jade Goody age 27
Jade Goody born Jade Cerisa Lorraine Goody (born June 5, 1981 – died March 22, 2009) was an English reality TV personality, appearing on the third episode Big Brother show in 2002, of Channel 4. After she was evicted from the Big Brother show, she launch her own products and had her own television show. Goody became a housemate in Celebrity Big Brother 5, in January 2007. Jade Goody was accused of racism behavior during the show towards one housemate, Indian actress Shilpa Shetty, as the reason for the show’s sponsors to terminate and cancel or suspended the show, and cause to evict Goody. Jade Goody admitted her actions had been wrong and subsequently made public apologies following her eviction from Celebrity Big Brother 5 show. In August 2008, Jade Goody appeared on the reality show Big Boss, an Indian version of Big Brother, but later withdrew from the show and returned to the United Kingdom after she was diagnosed of cervical cancer. Goody was informed that her cancer was terminal in February 2009, after her cancer spread from one organ to another. On February 22, 2009, Goody married Jack Tweed, a contestant in the Celebrity Big Brother 5 and died, in the early morning of March 22, 2009, one month later.
18) Frankie Abernathy
Frankie Abernathy, age 25
Frankie Jo Abernathy (born December 21, 1981 – died June 9, 2007) was a cast member of The Real World: San Diego on MTV, which was filmed in late 2003 and aired from January to June 2004. Frankie Abernathy was diagnosed at the age of three with cystic fibrosis, and showed many symptoms of the genetic disorder, such as impairment of the immune-system and difficulty in breathing during her time on The Real World reality show. Abernathy’s disease was a significant part of her storyline on the show. Patients diagnosed and living with cystic fibrosis, fewer than 50% live to the age of 37 according to medical studies. However, due to conflict with her roommates and depression from her recently split up with her boyfriend, Abernathy left the show before the end of the season in early 2004. Abernathy spent her time working at numerous retail outlets in Kansas City, after she left the reality show, working tattoo conventions with the Art Intensity Network, getting more tattoos, and spending time with her loved ones. In May 2005, Abernathy also appeared on the cover of Prick, a tattoo magazine. She began designing purses out of old vinyl records materials. In 2006’s winter is a difficult time for people affected with the chronic lung disease, according to her mother, and the extremely hard for Abernathy’s condition, and worsen her illness, worse than the prior winters. The Abernathy family considered trying to get Abernathy qualified to appear on list of lung transplant recipients. On June 9, 2007, Frankie Abernathy died, at age 25 in Shorewood, Wisconsin, from complications of cystic fibrosis. Abernathy was the second reality television personality of The Real World to die, after Pedro Zamora‘s death with AIDS. The MTV.com credited Frankie Abernathy with helping to raise national awareness of cystic fibrosis and learn more about the disease. Jacquese Smith, Abernathy’s closest housemate, was very much devastated by her death and by having not kept in touch with her, likewise with fellow housemate Jamie Chung.
19) Pedro Zamora
Pedro Zamora in 1993, died at age 22
Pedro Zamora and family
Pedro Pablo Zamora born Pedro Pablo Zamora y Díaz, on February 29, 1972 , who died on November 11, 1994, was a Cuban-American AIDS educator and television personality, and he is one of the first openly gay men with AIDS to be known in popular media, after Zamora brought international attention to HIV/AIDS and issues on LGBT and prejudices through his appearance on reality television series on MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco. Pedro Zamora with his romantic relationship with housemate Sean Sasser,was also documented during the reality show and was later nominated by MTV viewers for Favorite Love Story award, and airing the of their commitment ceremony and exchanged vows, was the first such same-sex ceremony in the history of television. The former U.S. President Bill Clinton gave Pedro Zamora the credit with personalizing and humanizing those living with HIV, especially to the Latino communities, with his activism and his testimony before Congress. Pedro Zamora’s personal battle with AIDS, and his conflict with housemate David “Puck” Rainey is credited for making The Real World, a hit show, which ranked number 7 on Time magazine list of “32 Epic Moments in Reality-TV History”. Pedro Zamora checked into St. Vincent’s Hospital on August 17, and was diagnosed with toxoplasmosis, a condition which causes brain lesions, fatigue, headaches and confusion. While Zamora was undergoing treatment and medication, to lessen the endurance from toxoplasmosis, further tests, including a biopsy, and was revealed that he had a rare, commonly fatal viral inflammation of the brain that breaks down the electrical impluses of the nervous system known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). Patients with AIDS, only 1% contract PML, and commonly drive off on its own in patients with T-cell counts higher than 300-400, and more serious PML symptoms causes paralysis or aphasia. Pedro Zamora’s T-cell count was 32 during that time, and the inflammation was attacking his brain’s frontal lobe, causing him short-term memory loss, and he was given three to four months to live. Pedro Zamora was surrounded by his family, he died on November 11, 1994 died at 4:40 a.m. EST, hours after airing the final episode of The Real World: San Francisco. Pedro Zamora was laid to rest November 13, 1994.
Sean Sasser, age 44
Sean Franklin Sasser (born October 25, 1968 – died August 7, 2013) was an American educator, pastry chef and reality television personality on The Real World: San Francisco on MTV, best known for his relationship with fellow AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Although not one of the original cast members himself, Sasser’s relationship with Zamora was one of the focal points of that Real World season such as their commitment ceremony, in which Sasser and Zamora exchanged vows, the first such ceremony for a same sex couple on television. Sean Sasser was a dropped out of college, intending initially to take a year off, and after he came out as gay, and intend to take a year off, since his mother was a daughter of a minister and a religious mother, Sasser planned to enlist in the United States Navy at age 19, and stated in one interview in 1997, “I didn’t want to be gay anymore. I thought it would work. You know, the discipline, all that stuff.” However, a mandatory blood test was required and was reveled that he was HIV positive, and as he was fond of cooking and wanted to own a restaurant in the future, Sasser decided to enroll in a culinary school. In 1993, Sean Sasser attended the Washington’s Lesbian and Gay March, where he met and introduced himself to a fellow AIDS educator named Pedro Zamora. Sean Sasser learned that The Real World producers were looking for an HIV positive person to cast in the 1994 San Francisco season, where Sasser had been residing for years, and also learned that one of the cast was Pedro Zamora, whom Sasser felt was ideal for the role. Sasser had been living in San Francisco for a couple of years in the 1990s. When Zamora moved into The Real World San Francisco loft, he and Sasser began dating. Zamora asked the show’s producers for permission to go out on the second date without cameras, so that he and Sasser could get to know one another in a more natural setting. After the producers allowed this, and the two men fell in love, and their relationship became a focal point of the season. In June 1994, after The Real World production was ceased, Pedro Zamora visited his family in Miami, before returning to San Francisco to live with Sasser. Zamora was diagnosed in New York City with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), in August 1994, and was given three to four months to live, and was flown home to Mercy Hospital in Miami on September 3, where his family could be close to him. Zamora’s family did not accept Sasser, however, due to Pedro’s PML gradually took away his ability to speak, and was unable to explicitly communicate to them his family then realized the importance of Sasser in his life. On November 11, 1994, Zamora died and Sasser returned to San Francisco two days later. In June 2013, Sasser married Michael Kaplan, whom he had dated off and on since the 1990s, and with whom he had moved in with six months prior. In July 2013, Sasser, was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lungs, who had also been HIV positive for 25 years. On August 7, 2013, Sasser died at his home at the age of 44, and his remains was cremated as his wish and his ashes spread upon places he had been or wished to visit. Sasser is survived by his mother, Patricia, and his sister, a dancer who lives in Detroit with her husband and daughter.
20) Mitchell Guist
Mitchell Guist, age 47, swamp-people (image credit:www.freerepublic.com)
Mitchell Guist with brother, Glenn, the swam-people, (image credit:in3wz.blogspot.com
Mitchell James Guist born in Gonzales, Louisiana, (born May 18, 1964 – died May 14, 2012), was a reality television star who starred in the Swamp People television show until his death on May 14, 2012 from natural causes. Mitchell Guist lived with his brother, Glenn, for his entire life. Mitchell spent most of his early life with his parents until he moved to his own home in the bayou, with his brother, Glenn when he was 18.
Mitchell and Glenn became stars the Swamp People hit reality show on the History Channel in 2011, both became instant stars on the History Channel and had a fan club. On Swamp People they Mitchell and Glenn Guist, would regularly be featured hunting for their dinner as the Swamp People, such as Alligator gar, Blue catfish, Crayfish, Cottontail rabbit, Squirrel, Bullfrog, Alligator Snapping Turtle, and an American Alligator, once by accident. Mitchell Guist suffered an accident on May 14, 2012, in which according to authorities, Mitchell Guist slipped and fell while loading items onto his boat on the Belle River near Pierre Part. The initially reports, is that Mitchell, suffered a seizure, but it is not clear if his seizure was a result of the fall or due to a medical condition, but was later announced he suffered a heart attack, and was pronounced dead at age 47, at a Morgan City hospital, and that the cause of his death was of natural causes confirmed by the Ascension Parish coroner. On May 17, 2012, the Voodoo Bayou episode of the History Channel’s Swamp People, was originally aired, was dedicated in Guist’s memory.
21) “Joey” Kovar
Joey Kovar, age 29 (image credit:www.aftonbladet.se)
Joseph Eugene “Joey” Kovar (July 24, 1983 – August 17, 2012) was an American model, body builder and reality television personality, who first starred in the 2008 MTV’s The Real World: Hollywood twentieth season. Kovar appeared as a patient on the 2010’s VH1 reality show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, for treatment of addictions to alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, steroids and methamphetamines. Joey Kovar was a native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, where he remained residing after appearing on The Real World: Hollywood and other shows. Joey Kovar, battled addiction to both drugs and alcohol, before he appeared in television. Joey Kovar was found with blood coming out of his nose and ears, at his 9800 block South Sayre Avenue home in Chicago Ridge, Illinois, on August 17, 2012, Joey Kovar died of an opiate intoxication, at the age of 29. After an initial autopsy report, Joey Kovar was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 9 a.m. Kovar is survived by a 3 year-old son and a 2 year-old daughter, at the time of his death. Kovar was the third reality television personality to die and a former Real World cast member to die, after Pedro Zamora, Frankie Abernathy and recently, Zamora’s partner, Sean Sasser, and was one of three cast members from Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Season 3 to die, along with Mike Starr and Mindy McReady.
22) Mike” Starr
Mike Starr, reality TV actor age 44 (image credit:www.poptower.com)
Michael Christopher “Mike” Starr (April 4, 1966 – March 8, 2011) was an American musician, the original bassist of the band Alice in Chains in 1987 until 1993. In 2010, Mike Starr was featured in the VH1 third season reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which documented his treatment for methadone addiction since August 2009 at the Recovery Center in Pasadena. After Mike Starr’s stint staying in a sober living environment , and was then documented on the Sober House spinoff. Starr has appeared with fellow recovering addicts, actress and singer Mackenzie Phillips, daughter of John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and American actor and producer, Tom Sizemore appeared in the Celebrity Rehab’s fourth season and eighth episode to provide testimonials about their recovery to the patients of that. Starr marked six months and seven days of sobriety during those episodes. On March 8, 2011, Mike Starr’s body was found lifeless at 1:42 p.m.,when police were called to a home in Salt Lake City. Mike Starr was 44-year-old at the time of his death. On March 20, 2011, a private memorial was held in honor of Mike Starr at Experience Music Project in Seattle.
23) Jeff” Conaway
Jeff Conaway in 1998, died at age 60
Jeffrey Charles William Michael “Jeff” Conaway (October 5, 1950 – May 27, 2011), was an American actor best known for his roles in the movie Grease, and US television series, Taxi and Babylon 5, also appeared in the reality television series, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, first and second season. On May 11, 2011, was found unconscious from suspected drug overdose believed to be a pain medication, and was rushed to Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center in Encino, California in a critical condition. Dr. Drew Pinksy, who treated Conaway for drug addiction, stated that Conaway was suffering from pneumonia with sepsis, and not drug overdose, and he was placed into coma. After spending just over two weeks in the hospital, on May 26, 2011, Conaway’s family decided to take off his life support, after the doctors announced that there is no hope to revive him, and the following morning of May 27th, he died at the age of 60, due to complications of pneumonia and encephalopathy, the degenerative brain condition. Jeff Conaway was first married at the age of 21, to a dancer he had been dating for two years but only a short-lived marriage and was annulled. In 1980, he married for the second time to Rona Newton-John, sister of actress and singer Olivia Newton-John and ended in divorce in 1985. He had a stepson, Emerson Newton-John, son of Rona from a previous relationship, is a racing driver. In 1990, Conaway’s third marriage was to Keri Young also ended in divorce in 2000. Conaway battled with substance abused problem, after experiencing a crisis in the mid-1980s, and underwent treatment in the late 1980s and often spoke about his addictions. Conaway had relapsed in the mid of 2000. Conaway appeared in reality television show VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, but was forced to leave and entered rehab. Jeff Conaway appeared in the VH1 reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, with other celebrities in 2008, where the said reality show, revealed that Conaway was addicted to cocaine, alcohol, and painkillers,with his girlfriend Vikki Lizzi, whom he was in a codependent relationship, who was also a user of prescription opiates.
24) Phil Harris
Capt Phil Harris (image credit:newsbizarre.com)
Phillip Charles “Phil” Harris (December 19, 1956 – February 9, 2010) was an American captain and part owner of the Cornelia Maire, a crab fishing vessel, which is featured in a documentary reality TV series Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel. On January 29, 2010, Harris suffered a massive stroke while offloading C. Opilio crab at Saint Paul Island port in Alaska during the Deadliest Catch 6th televised opilio crab season. Harris was flown for emergency surgery to Anchorage, where he was declared in an induced coma, to reduce intracranial pressure and swelling. Harris woke up from coma after his condition shows improvement, however, on February 9, 2010, Phil Harris died at the age of 53, from an intracranial hemorrhage, after suffering a pulmonary embolism while in the hospital. On July 20, 2010, the Deadliest Catch episode featuring the death of Captain Harris was aired, followed by a special tribute episode. His remains was cremated, and half of the ashes was spread at sea and the other half of the ashes were buried in a Harley Davidson motorcycle gas tank which was ornately-painted with the remains of his mother. At the time of the captain’s death, Harris was unmarried, but had been married and divorced twice. From 1982 until 1991, he was first married to Mary Harris, whom together they have two sons, Joshua and Jacob, who were also working on board Phil’s fishing vessel, Cornelia Marie, as deckhands. Phil Harris set up a coffee company called the Captain’s Reserve, which he opened before his death. Harris’ two sons, Jake and Joshua are now in the process of expanding the national retail and promoting the family business and the brand, and will be going global the same year.
Justin Tennison, age 33 (image credit:www.allvoices.com)
Justin Tennison, 33 year-old crew member of the Discovery Channel, was found dead Tuesday, February 22, 2011 in his Alska hotel room, almost one year after Captain Phil Harris of the Cornelia fishing boat on reality TV series Deadliest Catch, died after suffering a stroke. Justin Tennison died peacefully in his sleep the night of Feb. 21, 2011. Captain Andy Hillstrand of Deadliest Catch posted on Facebook about Tennison’s untimely death, who worked with Hillstrand as a deckhand on the Time Bandit ship. Justin Tennison was survived by his son and daughter.
25) Mike DeStefano
Mike DeStefano, age 44 (image credit:www.magweb.com)
Mike DeStefano (November 29, 1966 – March 6, 2011) was an American stand-up comedian and reality TV personality, executive producer of a special documentary film dedicated to Greg Giraldo, a dear friend who died of drug overdose. Mike DeStefano was best known for his appearance on Live at Gotham at the Comedy Central and a regular entertainer at clubs in New York and around the country and was also known as drug counselor. At the age of 15, DeStefano used material from his addiction of heroin and his recovery. He also appeared on Showtime’s Whiteboyz in the Hood, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, and US Comedy Arts Festival and other radio and television shows. DeStefano competed in the NBC’s 2010’s Last Comic Standing seventh season and finished in fourth place. On October 9, 2010 DeStefano appeared in the Comedy Central stand-up special Comics Anonymous with American comedian and radio personality, Jim Norton, comedian Rich Vos and Irish-American stand-up comedian Robert Kelly, all four comedians were former addicts who had been clean and sober for more than ten years. Mike DeStefano died on March 6, 2011 of hear attack at the age of 44, which his death came hours after filming funnyordie.com video. On March 10, DeStefano’s funeral service was held at the Schuyler Hill Funeral Home in New York.
26) Shain Gandee
Shain Gandee age 21 reality TV Buckwild (image credit:starcasm.net)
Buckwild cast, from left, Shain, Anna, Katie, Salwa, Joey, Ashley, Tyler, Cara, and Shae
Shain Gandee also known as Gandee Candy, born Shain Lelyn Gandee born on November 1, 1991 in Sissonville, West Virginia, is an actor and reality television personality, known for Buckwild in 2012, Buckwild: WV to the NYC in 2013 and in 2009 guest with the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. American reality television series Buckwild on MTV, first started on January 3, 2013, ended on February 7, 2013. Shain Gandee and his uncle, David Gandee, was reported missing on March 31, 2013, after telling their friends that they are going on an off-roading. Then that day they start searching for 21 year-old Shain and David Gandee, after 31 hours, the Gandees were found dead with Robert Myers in the Sissonville area of West Virginia inside Shain Gandee’s 1984 Ford Bronco, which was buried partially in a deep mud with the exhaust pipe covered totally. The officials used bulldozer to pull to pull the Ford Bronco stuck from the mud. On April 1,2013, Shain and David Gandee with Robert Myers were found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning in Sissonville. The three men died due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning after autopsies were performed.
27) Jamie Coots
Jamie Coots (image credit:www.cage8.com)
Jamie Coots (image credit:www.tricities.com)
James “Jamie” Coots (November 17, 1971 – February 15, 2014) was a pastor of the Pentecostal in Kentucky, a reality TV personality featured in Snake Salvation in the National Geographic Channel, which documented the lives of people practicing snake handling. On February 15, 2014, Jamie Coots, was bitten on his right hand during a service by a rattlesnake, at his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church in Middlesboro, Kentucky. After Coots was beaten, he dropped the rattlesnake, but he again picked the snake, back up and continued the service, but later, collapsed and died from a rattlesnake bite while performing service. In 1995, a 28 year-old woman from Tennessee,was bitten by a snake in his congregation, during a church service led by Jamie Coots. The woman died from the snake bite in his home, and Coots was charged in connection with the woman’s death but a judge decided not to pursue the case. In 2008, Jamie Coots was fined for keeping 74 snakes in his home, and in 2013, he was sentenced to one year of probation for illegal wildlife possession after he crossed into Tennessee with five venomous snakes. Jamie Coots was succeeded by his son Cody Coots as head of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name.
28) Gia Allemand
Gia Allemand, age 29 (image credit:www.glamour.com)
Gia Marie Allemand (December 20, 1983 – August 14, 2013) was an American actress, model, and reality television contestant, best known for appearing in Maxim and compete with other reality TV personalities on ABC’s The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love and Bachelor Pad. Allemand was a former professional ballet dancer, but her dancing career was cut short due to an accident and injured her hamstring and Achilles tendon. She once stated in an interview that she had a passion for acting and performing. In 2010, Gia Allemand was chosen to portray the supporting acting role of actress Ava Gardner, in an upcoming film produced by Brett Ratner, on the life of actor Gianni Russo. Gia Allemand began as reality television personality, when she was selected as a cast member on The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love season 14 on ABC’s Bachelor reality series which first aired on January 4, 2010. The show placed her with 24 other women all competing for the affection of pilot Jake Pavelka, and Allemand was the second to the last contestant eliminated by Jake Pavelka. Gia Allemand joined the cast of Bachelor Pad, an ABC’s Bachelor spinoff, which premiered on August 9, 2010. Allemand entered the show as the only contestant in a committed relationship, which the reason why she refused to participate kissing contest game on the show, led her to be eliminated in the third episode. Allemand was rushed to New Orleans University Hospital after an attempted suicide by hanging on August 12, 2013, and was declared brain dead and two days later, Allemand’s life support was removed at age 29. Allemand was living in New Orleans and dating Ryan Anderson, NBA player of the New Orleans Pelicans at the time of her death. Her funeral was held in a nondenominational Christian church at Trinity Grace Church, in Chelsea in Manhattan.
29) Eric Hill
Eric Hill (image credit:www.usmagazine.com)
Eric Hill died at age 31, on April 23, 2014 of paragliding accident in Salt Lake City, Utah. Eric Hill, a reality TV personality and one of Andi Dorfman‘s potential suitors on the upcoming season of ABC’s reality series, Bachelorette 2014, an adventurer traveler from Citrus Heights, California, though residing at in Salt Lake City in Utah at the time of his death. On April 20, 2014, Hill was paragliding with some friends in Draper, Utah near Point of the Mountain, when his canopy collapsed at about 15 to 20 feet from the mountainside, due to velocity of the fall it caused him trauma, and was rescued by a team who was called at the scene of the accident, and he was immediately transported by helicopter in a hospital. Hill was in induced coma until Wednesday and in critical condition. Before the tragic accident, Eric Hill was eliminated from the Bachelorette show.
30) Mark Balelo
Mark Balelo (image credit:www.tvguide.com)
Mark Balelo, owner of an auction house featured on the reality show Storage Wars an A&E reality TV show was found dead at age 40, on February 11, 2013, by killing himself due to carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Ventura County Star report. Mark Balelo, former owner of a chain of thrift stores, had special talent for bargaining and find treasure among the trash, was one of the deep-pocketed buyers who was featured on the reality show, that represent storage-unit auctions. Balelo was named Rico Suave because of his flamboyant style, and one example during a live auction show before the Halloween, he was wearing a Superman costume. Balelo was best known for carrying always his man purse or murse, which he believed his good-luck bag, and this murses became so popular with fans that later, Balelo sold them to eBay. Mark Balelo became an instrument to recover a 1938 Action comic book owned by actor Nicolas Cage, which was valued for $1 million, that was stolen from the actor’s storage locker. Mark Balelo was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance, before he committed suicide, E! Online reported, and also was reportedly distraught after being released from jail. Balelo’s body was found by one of his employees inside his home garage at Simi Valley, California, according toe TMZ.com report. Senior deputy medical examiner, Armando Chavez, refused to provide any information about the cause of death of Mark Balelo, however an autopsy will be conducted. According to sources close to Balelo, stated that he was found dead inside his car, which was parked and running in the garage at his Simi Valley, California auction house.
Caleb Bankston (image credit:www.people.com)
Caleb Bankston was born on September 27, 1987 in Collinsville, Alabama, a former contestant on the reality TV series 2012s Survivor: One World and Survivor: Blood vs. Water in 2013, has died in a railway accident, on June 24, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama, at age 26. Bill Yates, the Jefferson County Deputy Coroner, stated that Caleb Bankston, who was working at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham, was thrown away from a train in a partial derailment on Tuesday. The Alabama Warrior Railway, was only a few miles long, and is used by industries in Birmingham to haul coal and other materials. According to the CBS website’s show, Caleb Bankston, was a contestant on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” last year, along with his fiance, Colton Cumbie, according the CBS show’s website.