Ryan Knight, alum of “The Real World: New Orleans,” was found dead by his friends Thursday morning in his apartment after a night of partying.
Currently, no announcements have been made concerning the cause of his death.
In addition to “The Real World,” the 29-year-old reality TV star also appeared on MTV’s “The Challenge: Rivals II,” “The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II,” and “The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons.” According to US Magazine , Knight had been in a great mood on Wednesday evening, and had been telling his friends that he was in a new relationship that was making him very happy.
Prior to his death, Knight had also been paying tribute to his good friend and MTV reality star Diem Brown, who recently passed away after a long battle with multiple types of cancer.
The day before her funeral, he changed hisTwitter profile picture to feature one of him and Brown together, tweeting, “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 was quick to respond to news of Knight’s death, stating , “The Real World family has lost another member…
Our thoughts are with Ryan Knight’s family and friends.” His friends and costars also expressed their grief, mainly through Twitter.
Ex-girlfriend Jemmy Carroll wrote , “Words will never be enough to justify the connection we shared and the pain I will forever feel.
RIP,” and costar Ashlee Feldman tweeted , “And in an instant your entire day can change.
I slept in a room with Ryan Knight for 3 months and we laughed, yelled, cried, screamed and then laughed again.
He had the personality that could charm a rattlesnake.
He had the personality that makes him unforgettable.
Today we lost a good one.
I love you roomy.” Two days before his passing, Knight tweeted a poignant quote reading, “Have the type of life, that when you die no one will dare say, ‘he left us for a better place.'” Hopefully this was rendered true for Knight.