19 Reality TV Tragedies

The genre has seen suicides, murders, overdoses

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 18, 2013 8:32 AM CDT

(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.

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.
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)
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