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Former MTV Star Danny Dias Found Dead - Thought To Be A Suicide

Danny Dias, a former star of the MTV reality series 'Road Rules,' has been found dead of a possible suicide. The New York Police Department has confirmed his death, and a spokesperson notes that he was pronounced dead on the scene when first responders arrived at his Brooklyn home. As Yahoo shares, the investigation into the 34-year-old’s death is still ongoing.

Police note that they found evidence of drug use at his home. Hallucinogenic mushrooms and LSD were noted as specific evidence, but no further information has been released on a potential substance abuse problem. TMZ has provided some further details on the disturbing news, and the outlet reports that Dias was discovered with two vertical lacerations on his arms.

“We're told Dias was at his Brooklyn apartment Saturday with a friend. Law enforcement sources say the friend told them he saw Dias take what he believed was LSD and mushrooms. The friend says Dias freaked out, ran in his room and that was the last the friend saw of him,” TMZ reports.

Although the friend was concerned for the former reality star’s well-being, he would leave the apartment. That appears to be the last time that Dias was seen alive.

“We're told the friend left the apartment and over the next 2 days called Dias, getting no response. The friend became concerned and on Monday called 911 to get a welfare check on Dias. First responders had to force their way in, and found Danny dead in the room,” TMZ continued.

The ultimate cause of death will be determined by a medical examiner, but there doesn’t appear to be much question that this was a suicide. Whether this was a result of his drug use or some other psychological issue is unclear.

Dias appeared on the 2004 season of ‘Road Rules,’ which was the 13th in the show’s history. That season included names such as Derrick Kosinski, Ibis Nieves, Jodi Weatherton, Kina Dean and Patrick Maloney, and Dias was voted off the program about halfway through.

He would go on to appear on a network program known as ‘The Challenge: Gauntlet 2’ in 2005, and he would be eliminated early on in that contest, which was based in Trinidad and Tobago.

"We are saddened by the news of Danny Dias' passing," a statement from MTV read. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."

"Our thoughts are with the Dias family during this difficult time. Danny was a beloved member of the 'Road Rules' and 'The Challenge' communities," noted Bunim/Murray Productions in a statement.

Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the young star. This is a tragic loss at far too young of an age, and we can only hope that he is now at peace if this was, in fact, a suicide. Thoughts and prayers also go out to the concerned friend of Dias, as that friend must be incredibly traumatized right about now.

Source: Yahoo
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