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Former Host of ‘The Challenge’ Dave Mirra Found Dead

Dave Mirra during Inferno II

Dave Mirra during Inferno II

The Challenge family has lost yet another member.

Dave Mirra, who hosted the “Inferno” season of the show in 2004, as well as “The Inferno II” in 2005, was found dead in his truck yesterday in Greenville, North Carolina. According to Greenville Police, Dave’s death was caused by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was only 41.

In addition to being a two-time ‘Challenge’ host, Dave was a Pro BMX star and one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the X Games.

While little is currently known about Dave’s death, it was suggested at a press conference held today in Greenville that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) may have played a role in Dave’s suicide. (CTE  is a degenerative brain disease that has been found in athletes who have suffered repeated concussions or brain trauma due to their sport.)

TMZ reported that Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman said that Dave had shown signs of depression in the past. However, according to the friends of Dave whom investigators have spoken with, Dave didn’t appear suicidal even minutes before his death when he was with them.

Dave (center) with cast members of 'Inferno II' in 2005.

Dave (center) with cast members of ‘Inferno II’ in 2005.

Dave leaves behind a wife and two children, as well as many friends and colleagues who remembered him on their social media accounts.

Brad Fiorenza, who starred on ‘The Inferno II’ with Dave in 2005, also offered his memories of Dave.

“You will live forever in our hearts & heaven,” Brad tweeted. “Shocked the world lost such a great man & role model. He was the most friendly guy, always positive vibes, and really cool to hang with!”

TJ Lavin, the current host of ‘The Challenge,’ posted a photo of himself with Dave and fellow BMX riders Tim Fuzzy Hall and Corey Bohan.

“Really love you guys,” he captioned the throwback photo.

Dave also appeared on an episode of MTV Cribs. You can watch a clip of that episode here.

You can watch Dave in action during “Inferno II” in the clip below:

(Photos: MTV, Twitter)


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CT Tamburello: Returning to ‘The Challenge’ Was “Blessing in Disguise”

Faith and CT will appear on tonight's episode of 'The Challenge.'

Faith and CT will appear on tonight’s episode of ‘The Challenge.’

It’s been over year since fans of The Challenge have heard from show legend CT Tamburello. CT, who had previously been a staple on the MTV reality show, bid his fans farewell in November 2014 after his longtime girlfriend, ‘Challenge’ star Diem Brown, passed away after her third battle with cancer. Following an Instagram post in which CT thanked fans for their support, he essentially disappeared from social media and the spotlight.

Tonight, CT returns to ‘The Challenge’ to make a special appearance on the current “Bloodlines” season. MTV has  confirmed that he will be accompanied by Faith Brown, Diem’s beloved little sister.

In an interview with MTV News, CT discussed his surprising return to reality TV.

“Originally, I didn’t think I was going to do anything related to TV anymore,” CT said. “After what had happened, I basically dug myself into a hole and detached myself from everything.”

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‘The Challenge’ Baby Bump-o-Meter: Which Stars Are Currently Pregnant?

The new season of MTV’s The Challenge premiered Monday night and, while “Battle of the Bloodlines” features many familiar faces, there were a few ‘Challenge’ mainstays missing. Many of the “regulars” were forced to decline to participate in ‘Bloodlines’ for a very good reason— they were (or are currently) pregnant!

A staggering amount of stars from ‘The Challenge’ and ‘The Real World’ are currently pregnant, expectant fathers, or new parents.

Let’s take a look at the ‘Challenge’ Baby Bump-o-meter…..

Baby Bumpin’

laura wallerLaura Waller (RW: St. Thomas):

Laura, who was most-recently seen on ‘The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons,” is currently about 27 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. She plans to name the baby Kodie and has not stated who the baby’s father is.

maddy wallsMadison Walls (Real World Skeletons):

Madison is currently about 28 weeks pregnant with her first child, a girl she plans to name Harper. While she has never starred on ‘The Challenge,’ her ex-boyfriend (and fellow ‘Skeletons’ co-star) Tony Raines is currently starring on “The Challenge: Bloodlines.” He is the father of Madison’s child, but the couple split this summer after Madison discovered that Tony had been unfaithful to her. This was (sort of) discussed on Monday’s ‘Bloodline’ premiere.

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Honoring Diem Brown: How MTV is Remembering the Late ‘Challenge’ Star

We miss you, Diem!

We miss you, Diem!

On this day last year, the world lost the amazing Diem Brown: MedGift founder, ovarian cancer spokesperson and star of MTV’s The Challenge. Diem died on November 14, 2014 after a long, hard battle with her third bout of ovarian cancer. Diem was one of The Ashley‘s personal heroes, and during the last months of Diem’s life, The Ashley did her best to keep readers posted on Diem’s battle. 

Today, we honor Diem’s life, which was cut short by this terrible disease. MTV is also remembering Diem in a number of ways.

The network recently released the mini-documentary, “Honoring Diem,” which features interviews with Diem’s sister, Megan Brown. Megan has worked tirelessly since Diem’s death to keep her sister’s memory and passion alive. She recently helped launch the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, a Congressional caucus that helps spread awareness of ovarian cancer.

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Watch the First Trailer for MTV’s ‘The Challenge: Battle of the Bloodlines!’

the challenge bloodlines

Months after The Ashley first told you all about the plotline for MTV’s The Challenge Season 27, MTV has confirmed the season’s theme and cast! As The Ashley stated back in June, the upcoming season of ‘The Challenge’ will be called “Battle of the Bloodlines” and will feature new and old ‘Challenge’ favorites who have all brought a family member with them to compete with!

Us Weekly released the first official trailer for ‘The Challenge: Battle of the Bloodlines’ this morning, as well as additional information about the upcoming new season.

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‘The Real World’ is Filming in Downtown Las Vegas– Exclusive Details on the Season’s Big Twist!

Vegas! Vegas! Vegas!

Vegas! Vegas! Vegas!

The 31st season of MTV’s The Real World began filming a few days ago, and while it has been speculated for months that the show would be returning to Las Vegas for a third time, the network has finally confirmed the location to be Downtown Las Vegas! While two ‘Real World’ casts have called Vegas home–once in 2002 and again in 2011–this marks the first time that the show is located in Downtown Vegas. The new cast will be staying in the Penthouse suite of the Gold Spike hotel.

“Las Vegas is an iconic film destination and I’m thrilled to welcome MTV downtown,” Las Vegas mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said in a statement. “While ‘Real World’ viewers have seen the show in Las Vegas before, they haven’t seen it played out with a vintage flair in our vibrant downtown.”

The Ashley has all the exciting details on the season, and she can confirm that this season will have a very cool twist! The past two seasons of ‘The Real World’ have featured a twist (last season’s “Skeletons” brought out people from the cast’s pasts, while the previous season “EX-plosion” brought out exes of the roommates.) This season will be no different in that you should expect the unexpected!

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