MTV’s Diem Brown Dies: When Reality TV Starts Getting Real

November 14, 2014 10:14 PM

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For all of the charges that reality TV celebrates the most vapid elements of humanity and creates a grotesque, booze-fueled carnival out of normal interpersonal reaction, the medium can, at the best and worst of times, actually realize its truest purpose: as a voyeuristic lens into the grittiest moments of life.

MTV personality Diem Brown died Friday morning, at the age of 32 after a long battle with cancer, something she spoke about openly and bravely in her many years competing as part of the network’s long-running Real World/Road Rules Challenge series.

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