MTV star Diem Brown dies at 32 after battle with cancer

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Reality star Diem Brown has died after a long battle with cancer, MTV confirmed Friday.

Brown, 32, first competed on the network’s “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” in 2006 when she was 23.  During her first challenge, Brown surprised producers and contestants by sharing her diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

After receiving treatment, Brown’s cancer went into remission and she continued appearing on “The Challenge.”  In 2012, however, the cancer returned.

In  February, 2013, she announced that her chemotherapy had been successful, and that she was cancer-free.

In August of this year, however, she collapsed on the set of “The Challenge” in Panama and had to be airlifted to New York City for surgery, where she was diagnosed with colon cancer.

While Brown fought cancer for the third time, she founded Medgift.com from her hospital bed, a site that connects ill people with those seeking to give financial, physical and emotional support.

Brown stayed strong until the very end, tweeting on Tuesday, “I need prayers and advice my doctors are seemingly giving up but I won’t & can’t roll over.  Whatever option I have to LIVE I’m grabbing.”