Ryan Knight, Star Of The ‘Real World,’ Dead At 29
Ryan Knight, who was a castmate on the 2010 Real World New Orleans, was pronounced dead Thursday morning. He was staying at a friend’s house following a night of partying in Kenosha, Wisc., and reportedly choked on his own vomit. After his 2010 stint, Knight appeared on several other MTV series including The Challenge: Rivals II, The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II and The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons.
Police and EMTs attempted to resuscitate Knight upon their arrival but were unsuccessful. No drugs or paraphernalia were found on premises, though his friends noted that they had been ‘partying hard’ the night before, noting that Knight had taken some pills, but did not know what or how much he had taken. As noted on Real World New Orleans, Knight battled an addiction with pain killers following shoulder surgery and had gone through a stint in rehab.
Knight is the second Real World star to pass along in the last few weeks. Diem Brown, who had been on the Real World in 2006 passed away earlier this month from ovarian cancer, which had spread to her liver and lymph nodes as well.
Knight’s former castmates took to social media to express their sadness at their friend’s passing.
Still trying to stomach the loss of Knight. But I can hear him telling me “Cooke, (insert inappropriate joke)” and cue smiles and laughter!
— Heather Cooke (@iamheathercooke) November 28, 2014
Life is so precious. You were taken too soon. #RIPRyanKnight
— Em Unleashed (@EmFitMTV) November 28, 2014
Early this morning, Kenosha police revealed that an autopsy on Knight had been completed, but the cause of death still remains unclear. They are waiting for the results of a toxicology test in the hopes that will shed light on what happened.