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The cause of death is not yet known, but TMZ’s report says that Knight was out partying on Wednesday night and was found dead by friends on Thursday morning.
“We are saddened to hear the news of the passing of Ryan Knight,” said MTV in a statement. “Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Knight was the star of the 2010 New Orleans edition of the MTV reality show, and he later went on to feature on The Challenge. Knight’s death is barely weeks after the death of fellow Real World star Diem Brown, who tragically lost her fight with ovarian cancer at the age of 32.
A number of Real World alums took to Twitter to remember the larger-than-life Knight.
You lived your life in the fast lane, and your smile was contagious. My bunkmate, my buddy. Rest easy pal, I’ll miss you. @Knight_MTV
— ZachMTV (@ZachMTV) November 27, 2014
— Jasmine Reynaud (@JazMTV) November 27, 2014
I don’t understand what’s happening lately but @Knight_MTV you will be dearly missed my man rest easy well play hockey together in heaven !!
— JohnnyReilly™ (@JohnnyReilly_) November 27, 2014
I’ll never forget all the laughter & good times we shared. Always in my heart #RIP Knight ??
— Nany Carmen González (@NanyMTV) November 27, 2014
Nov. 28, 12:25 p.m. updated with MTV’s statement.
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