Right around Thanksgiving, just after the news of Diem Brown passing away, Ryan Knight, better known as Knight also passed away. The way he died isn’t important, it is important to remember the way that he lived and how he will be remembered on MTV for the rest of eternity.
Knight was one of those cast members that a lot of people either loved or hated, he spoke his mind and wouldn’t take shit from anyone. Personally, I loved him. I loved that he wasn’t politically correct, I loved that he would stand up for what he believed in, I mostly loved that he was the one to smack Frank. For those of you who don’t remember it was during a reunion and a clip of Frank bashing Knight’s ex-girlfriend Jemmye, Knight stood right up and gave the dude a smack.
So last night was his final appearance ever on MTV which really breaks my heart. I feel as though Knight’s death wasn’t as talked about as Diem’s was which again isn’t fair in my opinion. Both of the players always played their hearts out and seemed to be good friends off of the show.
Seeing Knight sitting with Zach telling him to throw anyone in against him was a big thing for Knight to say. He was a competitor that was for sure. He may not have been the best, or went to a final, but he still gave it all that he had which showed true character.
There was a tweet that Cara Marie sent out after the passing of Knight which I will never forget. She said “his heart was bigger than his horns.” That was something that really stuck out to me. Although he was known for causing trouble he did have a great heart. Jemmye his ex-girlfriend also stated that she was going to end her MTV career (Challenge wise at least) now since she started it with Knight, she should end it with Knight.
After following his story closely on “Real World Back to New Orleans” and then seeing him on his many seasons of The Challenge, he will be missed. His raw humor, his honesty, and that gap tooth smile.
As I stated before in the piece about Diem Brown (its here if you are interested https://lagunabiotchcelebritea.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/remembering-diem-brown-on-the-night-of-her-final-episode-of-the-challenge/) you feel like you know these competitors. You watch them for years on your television and feel as though you see a real side of them. Watching these upcoming challenges without Diem and Knight will suck since they brought so much light to these challenges.
Knight I hope you have found your peace and those around you have as well. Thanks for all of the laughs.
“I’m realizing that no matter how organized your ducks are, life can change in two seconds, so you can’t keep on waiting. If you keep on waiting, it’s gone.”
“If you have a positive outlook on anything, you’re able to heal yourself, and I think that my mindset right now is really positive. I want to prove to myself that I’m strong and that I can do everything that anybody else can do.”
So tonight was the final episode of ‘The Challenge’ that Diem Brown will ever star in which hurts. Being an avid fan of the show for the past ten years or so it is so hard to say goodbye to a competitor like Diem. On the show she was one of the stronger female players and off the show, she had the fight of her life. She fought cancer for years and she absolutely did an incredible job doing it. She documented the whole thing just to show the world that there is living when it comes to living with cancer. Diem had always been so open about it for so long,
While watching this episode you can see the pain and the agony that is occurring to her body, but she is still there willing to compete. It is only when she can no longer stand up that she finally is taken to the hospital, then flown back to New York to start treatment immediately. One of the most interesting things that I noticed was that Avery, one of the rookies, was helping pack up her bags. Someone who had only known her for a few weeks felt so close to her that she wanted to help pack her things. (I don’t actually know how long they knew each other but I assume that it wasn’t very long).
While typing this there are tears in my eyes and people would probably make fun of me if they could see me. One thing that I can say is that I genuinely felt like I knew Diem, like how you feel like you know all of the regular cast members from The Challenge. After watching her on my television set for such a long time, following her story as a warrior, it is hard to not feel some sort of connection with her, even if you had never met her in real life.
I just wanted to say thank you Diem for sharing your story. For showing that living with cancer doesn’t need to be done in fear. Thank you for showing me that you can be fearless and that girls can look pretty badass with their heads buzzed. Diem Brown is a name that will not be forgotten any time soon due to her strength and courage for the world to see. Also thank you MTV for airing it all, that is what Diem would have wanted according to what everyone close to her had said.
Rest in beautiful peace Diem and thank you for sharing your story with the world. You will be truly missed.
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