MTV's 'Challenge' Stars Pay Tribute to the Late Diem Brown and Ryan Knight

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 5:07 PM PST, January 20, 2015
Playing MTV's 'Challenge' Stars Pay Tribute to the Late Diem Brown and Ryan Knight

Two reality stars from MTV's The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 died after the show wrapped production, and now, their fellow cast members are speaking to ET as they share fond memories of their friends in a touching tribute.

Diem Brown was battling cancer while competing on The Challenge, passing away at the age of 32 on Nov. 14, 2014. Real World: New Orleans star Ryan Knight died at the age of 29 on Nov. 27.

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Brown and Knight were a part of the season in Panama a couple months prior, and the episodes that are currently airing are dedicated to the pair.

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Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio has been on The Challenge 11 times, and he's seen plenty of personalities. "Having people like Knight and Diem on the show, they both bring such energies to the show," Devenanzio said. "Knight was always up for a good time. Diem was this innocent little sheltered girl from Florida who came on these challenges bright eyed and busy tailed."

He spoke of how Brown captivated America as viewers watched her battle with cancer. "More than anything, Diem wanted to get her message out there and she wanted to bring awareness to this awful battle she was fighting," he said. "Out of all the people I've ever met, she's one of the strongest human beings this planet has ever seen, and we're really going to miss her. We lost a great soul."

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Jordan Wiseley, Sarah Rice, Jay Gotti and Averey Tressler recalled Brown's love for dancing.

Tressler, who was Brown's bunkmate on the show, remembered sitting and watching her dance. "She just brought a light to whatever she's doing like you couldn't not notice her," she said. "She was just so full of life, love and charisma. You were just drawn to her."

As for Knight's ex Jemmye Carroll, she remembers their time off the show, sharing that the two lived together for a year after they filmed The Real World in 2010. Her favorite memories with Knight were the small moments, from watching Teen Mom to hanging out with their dog. "We never got tired of each other," she said.

Gotti lived with Knight for a month and talked about his genuine spirit. "He would go out of his way to call me and make sure I was OK, see how I was doing," he said.

It's clear both Brown and Knight are missed, and the cast continues to honor them this season. Watch the video above to hear the cast pay tribute to their late friends.

The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2 airs Tuesdays on MTV.

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