19 Reality TV Tragedies
The genre has seen suicides, murders, overdoses
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2013 8:32 AM CDT
In this TV publicity image released by ABC, Tenley Molzahn, Gia Allemand, and Vienna Girardi are shown on "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love."   (AP Photo/ABC, Greg Zabilski)

(Newser) – Reality TV isn't all relationship drama and crazy fights, as Gia Allemand's recent suicide sadly proves. Radar rounds up 18 more genuine tragedies that have come out of the genre:

  • Bruce Beresford-Redman, the Survivor producer accused of killing his wife, has been ordered to return to Mexico and stand trial.
  • Estranged Real Housewives husband Russell Armstrong killed himself in 2011.
  • When Danny Bonaduce attempted suicide in 2005, it was actually captured by reality show cameras.

  • Two years after he appeared on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Joseph Cerniglia jumped to his death off a bridge.
  • And after appearing on Ramsay's other show, Hell's Kitchen, Rachel Brown shot herself.
  • Paula Goodspeed, who auditioned for American Idol but didn't make it, killed herself in front of Paula Abdul's house.
  • Deadliest Catch captain Phil Harris died from a stroke in 2010.
  • Jackass star Ryan Dunn died when his Porsche ran off the road into a tree in 2011. Alcohol was involved.
  • Buckwild star Shain Gandee was found dead in his truck in West Virginia; he had been off-roading with friends, and carbon monoxide poisoning was suspected.
Click for the complete list, which includes one eerie unsolved murder.

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right2dave
Aug 19, 2013 8:42 AM CDT
And we to know this why?
BANTOBACCOUSA
Aug 18, 2013 1:13 PM CDT
Never heard of any of the "people" and certainly have never seen the "shows." Must be on cable or something.
K.KRANK
Aug 18, 2013 12:01 PM CDT
That's a tragedy. Beautiful young woman wasting her life like that. Very sad.