Tragedy has struck again this week in the world of Reality TV. According to various news reports, Valarie Fairman, the 23-year-old former star of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” was at a friend’s house when she was found unresponsive inside a bathroom on Wednesday. The Chester County Coroner states that the family has been notified and her death is currently under investigation. A spokesperson from MTV told People magazine that they were sadden to hear of the news of Fairman’s passing, and that their thoughts and prayers are with her family.

During the second season of the popular MTV reality show, Fairman’s struggles with substance abuse was well documented. Since her passing, other “16 and Pregnant” stars quickly took to Twitter to express their condolences. Chelsea Houska tweeted that her heart went out to Valerie Fairman’s 7-year-old daughter, Nevaeh Lynn. Jenelle Evans wrote of being upset, lamenting that she told Fairman to stay on track. Evans also added a word of caution, advising everyone to not take life for granted and to hold and love your children.

A life of turmoil

Even before appearing on “16 and Pregnant,” Fairman lived a life filled with conflict, struggle, and substance abuse problems. In 2011, she was arrested and held at the Chester County Youth Center for allegedly beating up her adoptive mother. The following year, Fairman was arrested again for three misdemeanors and three felonies. After a 2014 probation violation, Fairman was sentenced to a 22-month prison term but served less than two.

In 2015, she was arrested for prostitution after allegedly propositioning an undercover cop in New Castle, Delaware.

A sad ending to such a young life

During her pregnancy while on “16 and Pregnant,” Fairman was 15-years-old and would have constant battles with boyfriend Matt, who she had to convince was the father of their daughter. As recent as last week, the former reality TV star was busted for showing a fake ID and resisting arrest.

Prior to her death, it seems as though Valerie Fairman was indeed trying to get back on track. Over the past five years, she checked into several rehab treatment facilities, only to relapse repeatedly.

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