Over the years, MTV has been at the forefront of the reality TV craze and as such has spawned numerous shows which have lifted otherwise ordinary people into the spotlight. Unfortunately, quite a few of those ordinary people turned MTV stars have met untimely deaths under truly tragic circumstances. This list takes a look back at 14 MTV reality stars who were lost far too soon:
14. Christopher Boykin’
Christopher “Big Black” Boykin was only 45 years old when he passed away on May 9, 2017. The TV personality was best known for his longtime friendship with MTV’s Rob Dyrdek which led to the pair’s show Rob & Big. After the series came to an end, Boykin made many more appearances on MTV on Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory as well as Ridiculousness. Prior to his surprising death, Boykin was hospitalized in order to monitor his heart, and while an official cause of death was not revealed, his death was widely reported to be due to a heart attack.