, famed reality star of MTV
's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge," who openly spoke about her battle with cancer and regularly supported Super Saturday
, the Hampton's premier summer shopping bash which annually raises millions for ovarian cancer research, passed away on Friday, November 14, 2014 in a New York City
hospital. She was 32.
Diem was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer at 23-years-old, and then again in 2012. After collapsing on the set of MTV's "The Challenge" in August, she announced that she had been diagnosed with cancer for the third time, and underwent emergency surgeries to remove a tumor blocking her colon.
"She's a fighter," Brown's sister, Megan Brown, told "People." "It's definitely an uphill battle, but I know if anybody can do it it's her."
Last month, Diem, who founded MedGift, a support registry for medical patients, revealed that the cancer found in August had spread to her liver and lymph nodes, news that she told "People" was "a shocker." Although Diem said she was "blown away," she never lost hope for surviving what she called "the roller coaster of recovery."
"I NEED prayers and advice, my doctors are seemingly giving up but I won't & can't roll over," the reality star tweeted to her 194,000 Twitter followers on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. "Whatever option I have to LIVE I'm grabbing!"
Diem was scheduled to undergo additional chemotherapy next week, but on Thursday, November 13, 2014 decided to forgo treatment. "In the end, there is nothing they can do. It just became so aggressive, so fast," Diem's friend Julie Rotondi said to "People." "The cancer was just multiplying at such an aggressive rate that nothing could keep up. Any treatment that could have maybe prolonged [her life] for a week or two and it would have been a horrible, horrible ending."
In a statement, MTV said they are "tremendously sad" over Diem's death. "We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends. Diem was a true fighter and brought passion to everything she touched."
According to Diem's family and friends, her spirits remained high till the very end, and, she will forever be remembered as a survivor, because of her love for life and her ability to keep her smile and sense of humor through it all. She was a fighter with inspiring perseverance.
"No matter what it is, you're going to have the bad days, but if you have hope throughout, you won, no matter what the results," Diem told "People" last month. "Life is so beautiful."
In her perfect life, Brown hoped, "I'm going to have a family and get married and the whole American, 2 ˝ kids, white-picket fence dream."
Cancer tragically took that dream from her, but it also lead her to inspire thousands with her everlasting positive energy. Diem's legacy is sure to live on through the hearts of survivors and supporters around the world. After finding out about her death, fans took to Twitter to pay their respects. One described her as "a beautiful, graceful fighter," and another remembered their favorite Brown moment "when she removed her wig on the Challenge."
Just after Diem's death, the hospital fire alarm went off and her loved ones said they knew it was her. "There were strobe lights, and it was so loud - like a dance club," Rotondi said. "All of our hearts stopped. It was classic Diem. She was up there having her dance off. It could not have been more fitting."
Although Supper Saturday and summers in the Hamptons may never be the same without her, we can only hope that Brown will be dancing over us.
Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home
We pay less,and so do you.With over 1,000 stores in our buying group, we can get the lowest prices
from the best flooring manufacturers — and pass the savings on to you.Visit our other locations: Hamptons Carpet One Floor & Home, 675 North Sea Road,Southampton, NY 11968
Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff.
Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant.
Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.
Southrifty Drug 54 Jagger Lane, Southampton Village
Southrifty Drug is a small, neighborhood pharmacy with limited shelf space, and we have to be very selective about which over-the-counter items we carry. As a result you'll find a no nonsense concentration of very effective, high quality and useful products on our shelves. In this new section, we feature a number of these products that we feel are especially worthy of your consideration.
Burner Law Group, P.C.
Burner Law Group, P.C. are full service elder law attorneys concentrating in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation, Special Needs Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law. Offices in East Setauket‚ NY, Westhampton Beach, NY, and New York, NY.