Published On: Apr 03 2013 12:29:59 PM CDTUpdated On: May 04 2016 06:11:22 AM CDT
Ashley Sawyer, who appeared on MTV's hit reality show "Catfish" in 2013, died Saturday in Hoover, Alabama, according to the Jefferson County Coroner's Office. She was 23. Hoover Police Department Capt. Greg Rector said officers were called to an apartment shortly after midnight and were unable to revive Sawyer. Rector told CNN that the death is being investigated as a likely drug overdose. Sawyer appeared on "Catfish" in a memorable episode in which it was revealed that she and Michael Fortunato, 26, had been exchanging altered images of each other during a seven-year online relationship. A month after their episode aired in 2013, Fortunato died of a pulmonary embolism.
Style expert Daisy Lewellyn, who starred in Bravo's "Blood, Sweat & Heels" reality series, died April 8, 2106, at age 36 from a rare form of liver cancer. She was diagnosed in February 2014 with stage-three bile duct cancer and underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments, according to Bravo. Besides appearing on the show, which follows the careers and personal lives of a group of women in New York City, she worked in the fashion industry for 15 years and wrote the book "Never Pay Retail Again."
Angela "Big Ang" Raiola, the flamboyant reality star who rose to fame on the VH1 series "Mob Wives," died Feb. 18, 2016, at age 55 after a battle with lung and brain cancer. Known for her raspy voice, large stature and love of plastic surgery, Raiola's success on "Mob Wives" led to the spinoff series "Big Ang," which focused on her life as proprietor of the Drunken Monkey Bar and Grill and Big Ang's Secrets beauty salon, both in Staten Island. That show resulted in another spinoff, "Miami Monkey," about Raiola opening an outpost of her bar in Miami.
Vincent Margera, a "Jackass" franchise regular known for his antics as crazy uncle "Don Vito" on MTV's "Viva La Bam," died Nov. 15, 2015, at age 59. His sister-in-law April Margera told CNN that he had struggled with kidney and liver issues for a while before his death. He's seen here (at left) with fellow "Jackass" and "Viva La Bam" stars, his nephew Bam Margera (center) and Ryan Dunn, in 2006. Dunn is another reality TV star who has passed away, dying in a June 2011 car crash.
Tony Lara, who appeared on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" in 2011, died on Aug. 8, 2015, according to law enforcement in South Dakota and the show's Facebook page. He was 50. Lara died while in Sturgis, South Dakota, for the famed motorcycle rally that takes over the city each August, according to Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin. No cause of death was immediately available. Lara captained the F/V Cornelia Marie following the death of Captain Phil Harris, who also appeared on the show. He appeared in six episodes of the reality series, which follows fishing crews working the inhospitable Bering Sea southwest of Alaska.
Sharon Tucker, the mother-in-law of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kandi Burruss, died in New York City on Dec. 2, 2014, after suffering a stroke the day before. She slipped into a coma overnight while hospitalized, according to TMZ. Tucker frequently appeared on the hit show and was known as "Miss Sharon."
Ryan Knight, a cast member on MTV's "Real World: New Orleans" in 2010, was found dead on Thanksgiving morning 2014 at a home in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was 28. Police said Knight had complained of "stomach issues" the last two days. No foul play is suspected.
Another MTV alum, Diem Brown, passed away on Nov. 14, 2014, following a nine-year battle with cancer. Three months earlier, Brown was filming her eighth appearance on MTV's series "The Challenge" in Panama when she collapsed on set and was airlifted to a hospital in New York. Take a look at other reality show stars who have passed away.
"Shipping Wars" star Roy Garber passed away on Jan. 17, 2014, after suffering a major heart attack. According to his family, Garber, 49, had an on-going heart condition.
Former "Bachelor" contestant Gia Allemand, 29, was discovered unconscious and suffering from self-inflicted wounds by her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, at her home in New Orleans. She was rushed to the hospital, where she remained on life support until she died on August 14, 2013.
Shain Gandee, 21, who was featured on the MTV reality show "Buckwild," was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning on April 1, 2013, in a vehicle that was partially submerged in mud on a dirt road in West Virginia. His uncle and his friend were also found dead in the vehicle.
Mindy McCready, who appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," battled years of addiction before dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in February 2013, one month after her boyfriend and the father of her son also took his own life.
Rodney King, who became nationally known after being beaten with excessive force by Los Angeles police officers in 1991 and who later appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," died from accidental drowning related to drugs and alcohol in 2012.
Joey Kovar, star of "The Real World: Hollywood" and "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," died of a suspected drug overdose in August 2012 at 29.
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," was found dead in Salt Lake City in 2011 at age 44. His dead was a result of a prescription drug overdose.
Russell Armstrong, husband of "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Taylor Armstrong, committed suicide in 2011 at age 47.
Julien Hug, 35, was a contestant on "The Bachelorette," before committing suicide in San Diego in 2010. In a suicide note, he stated that he suffered from "severe depression."
Ryan Dunn, a star of MTV's "Jackass," and member of the "Viva La Bam" crew died in a car crash at age 34 in June, 2011 in Pennsylvania. He was intoxicated and driving over 100 mph before he crashed into trees, killing himself and his friend.
Known for his roles in "Grease" and "Taxi," actor Jeff Conaway died from pneumonia in 2011 at age 60 and it was reported that long-term drug use contributed to his death. He was also featured on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."
Phil Harris, captain of the Cornelia Marie fishing boat featured on the Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch," died in 2010 in Alaska at the age of 53 from a stroke.
Jennifer Lyon, a contestant on "Survivor: Palau," died at age 37 from breast cancer in 2010.
Frankie Abernathy (far left), a cast member on MTV's "The Real World: San Diego," in 2004, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and died in 2007 at age 25.
Actress and Playboy Playmate of the Year Anna Nicole Smith died in 2007 at age 39 in a Hollywood, Fla., hotel room as a result of an overdose of prescription drugs. She appeared on the "The Anna Nicole Show" from 2002-2004.
Pedro Zamora was a cast member on 1994's "The Real World: San Francisco" and shared his struggle with HIV/AIDS, which took his life in 1994. President Bill Clinton said the reality star "changed the face of HIV and AIDS in America forever."
Did you see the bright ball of light in the sky Wednesday night? It's wasn't a meteorite or meteor, and it wasn't an alien from outer space coming to visit us. The bright light in the sky is actually more "earthly."