Diem Brown, the reality star most famous for her stint on the
After a brief battle against cancer in her stomach, colon, liver and lymph nodes, Brown died at a New York City hospital on Friday morning with friends and family by her side, according to the Associated Press.
She had been diagnosed with the disease twice before, battling ovarian cancer in 2005 and again in 2012. She blogged about her 2012 battle for People.com. She signed off from that blog in early 2013.
In August she gave an interview with People in which she stated she was cancer-free.
However, while filming her eighth season of "Challenge" in Panama a few weeks later, she was diagnosed with a return of cancer in her stomach and colon. It later spread to her liver and lymph nodes.
In a statement on its website, MTV said, "MTV is tremendously sad to hear the news that Diem Brown has lost her long battle with cancer. We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched. We will miss her.
In addition to her MTV appearances, Brown was also the creator of MedGift, a website to send gifts of support to those battling serious illness.
A premiere date for "Challenge's" 26th season, which would include Brown's final episodes, has not yet been announced.