A hard night of partying the night before Thanksgiving may have led to the death of a 29-year-old Real World star. Ryan Knight, who appeared on the New Orleans version of the hit MTV show and its spinoff The Challenge, was found by friends yesterday morning, the Hollywood Reporter notes. MTV's Twitter feed acknowledged Knight's death, saying, "The Real World family has lost another member. … Our thoughts are with Ryan Knight's family and friends"; the channel also posted a link of co-stars' reaction to Knight's death. His death comes just a couple of weeks after the death of Diem Brown, another MTV reality-TV star, from cancer.
Several of Knight's pals say that he had been partying with others Wednesday night, TMZ reports; "people who were in contact with Knight while he was partying" tell TMZ Knight had ingested "some pills," with no further details. The friend who found Knight's body indicated he had choked on his own vomit. Knight had reportedly been seeing someone new and was "extremely happy," as well as "upbeat" his last night alive, TMZ notes. "You lived your life in the fast lane, and your smile was contagious. My bunkmate, my buddy. Rest easy pal, I'll miss you," castmate Zach Nichols tweeted yesterday.