We still cannot believe the entertainment community has lost someone so lovely as Diem Brown.
Diem may have passed away over two months ago after loosing a long battle with cancer, but her co-stars on MTV‘s The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II continue to cherish the time spent with her.
The reality TV star’s final episode aired on Tuesday, and her show mates have shared their heartbreak over the loss.
In a recent interview, co-star and longtime friend Johnny “Bananas” Devenanzio had this to say about her passing:
“She maintained such an optimistic, positive outlook in life. That girl fought until her f—ing last breath.”
Meanwhile castmate Jordan Wiseley offered up some words on her resilience:
“She was like, ‘I don’t want to know what stage I am. I’m gonna f—ing beat this thing. Just having that optimism when everything looks bleak, dude…It was that mental strength that she had to never give up. She never did, until her last breath… She was a fighter. That’s what these shows were for her, [a chance] to go out there and show everybody that it doesn’t matter what’s wrong ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ she’s gonna fight. She’s gonna compete. And nobody’s going to tell her not to.”
Leroy Garrett added that were it not for her illness, Demi might have won the whole thing:
“I first met her on Battle of the Exes I, and she and CT [Tamburello] took second place. Had she not been sick…I’m sure they probably would have won it if she were in a healthier state. It definitely sucked.”
Leroy’s partner, Nia Moore, who had roomed with Diem, said she wants to live her life in a way that honors Diem:
“I felt like she was really an open book. What I admired about her was her poise. She was obviously somebody who battled something she didn’t deserve and couldn’t avoid. She was just a testament to human strength. She didn’t complain. She made no excuse. She took whatever card she was dealt.”
In addition, Nia keeps a photo of Diem as a screensaver on her phone:
“The first person I look at in the morning is Diem. Because if I can be half of that woman, I’m straight, you know? She never complained or played the victim…I could never have done what she did. It just makes me strive to be a better woman and not worry about the trivial s–t that’s going on in my life.”
Rest in peace, Diem.