Reality television is a controversial concept, since some feel that many of the reality shows on television are contrived. Secrets behind some of the most popular reality shows have revealed some surprising features that make audiences wonder whether or not these shows are truly real. A great example is how The Real Housewives franchise is said to give cast members extra money for taking trips together, so they may not really be as chummy as they might seem.
However, not all reality shows are the same. From competition shows to survival shows to weight loss shows, the public seems to be more interested in the real lives of people rather than something scripted. Since the Osbournes became the first family to make a reality television show, the public continues to crave a more in-depth look at what happens off-stage and off-screen. Since then, more and more families are opening their doors to a camera crew, and a plethora of other reality shows have made their mark on television. With the fact that Survivor is going on 32 seasons strong and new survival shows keep popping up with each passing year, it doesn’t seem like reality television shows are going anywhere anytime soon.
With the public being introduced to so many different families, contestants, and participants; it’s inevitable that some of them would make their mark on the world. From endearing personalities to over-the-top characters, some reality stars have become full-fledged celebrities in their own right. However, there have been some shocking tragedies that have befallen some of our favorite reality TV stars, and snuffed out their light before their time. Check out our list of 15 shocking tragedies related to reality TV, and see how even those in the limelight can fall victim to misfortune.
15 Ashley Sawyer - Catfish
14 Ryan Knight - Battle of the Exes
13 Damien Gurganious - Biggest Loser
Damien Gurganious was first introduced to audiences through the reality show, Biggest Loser. The show is revered for being far more than just a voyeuristic appeal to the public in seeing individuals that have become clinically obese. Giving heart wrenching details on the background of the individual's, fans begin rooting for the contestants to better themselves. Knowing their backstory helps audiences pick their favorite contestants and helps to make for a great storyline on a competition reality show.While one might think that Damien’s death would be due to something related to obesity, he actually died from the rare disease, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP). This was a sudden onset disease that caused inoperable bleeding in his brain, and it was revealed that he succumbed to the inoperable disease in 2014. Because the show offered such detail in Gurganious background, it really helped audiences to feel familiar with him and his situation. The news of his passing was shocking to audiences, who felt that he would use his weight loss to embark on a whole new journey in life. Since losing all of that weight helped to gain a new persona altogether, it was a shame that he wasn’t able to fully enjoy all the hard work he went through to pursue a healthier lifestyle.
12 Caleb Bankston - Survivor
11 Jennifer Lyon - Survivor
10 Russell Armstrong - Real Housewives
9 Mindy McCready - Celebrity Rehab
8 Shain Gandee - Buckwild
7 Gia Allemand - The Bachelor
6 Captain Tony Lara - Deadliest Catch
5 Pedro Zamora - Real World
4 Diem Brown - Real World
3 Captain Phil Harris - Deadliest Catch
2 Angela “Big Ang” Raiola - Mob Wives
1 Steve Irwin - Crocodile Hunter
Steve Irwin became known as “The Crocodile Hunter” and was a beloved television personality through his daring adventures with animals. He had an over-the-top persona that many found endearing, especially when coupled with his thick Australian accent. As one of the few animal activists and television personalities to gain true success and commercial appeal, it seemed like he created a persona that would live in infamy with many more years of success to follow. However, his time in the public eye was not always filled with love and admiration. Famously drawing near to a crocodile while holding his baby girl, this controversial act caused many to wonder whether or not he was being too risky while dealing with animals. Yet, it wasn’t a crocodile incident that led to his death. In 2006, he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb and died from the injury. He was survived by his wife, and their child even went on to try and follow in his footsteps. Audiences seemed to enjoy the fact that his daughter would still be in the public eye, and she even competed on the popular dance competition show, Dancing with the Stars. With an emotional heartfelt emotional tribute to her late father, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Sources: cnn, ibtimes, usmagazine
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