Reality TV star Ahmad “Real” Givens has died at the age of 33 after battling colon cancer for two years.
Back in 2007, Ahmad and his brother Kamal “Chance” Givens were featured as contestants on VH1’s dating show, “I Love New York.” The brothers, who were also members of rap group The Stallionaires, went on to appear in spinoffs “Real Chance of Love” and “Real and Chance: Legend Hunters.” While the brothers Givens have been quieter in recent years, they were a powerful force on reality television from 2007 to 2010.
Following three reported misdiagnoses (hepatitis A, mono and the Norovirus) and a 30-pound weight loss caused by diarrhea, Givens was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer in 2013. Givens shared that the doctor came into the room crying before giving him the devastating news.
“She said, ‘I have bad news to tell you. You have cancer. You have stage four colon cancer,’” Givens recalled.
During his two-year battle with the deadly disease, Givens was candid about the ups and downs, and despite surgeries and various other treatments, the reality star and devoted family man announced two months ago that he had been taken off chemotherapy.
Recently, Givens’ condition appeared to worsen, and after complaining of having trouble with his vision on Thursday, he reportedly died only a few hours later.
In a touching tribute, Givens’ brother Kamal posted, “Bye to my favorite guy in this whole world be in peace we love you forever bro.”
Givens, at one time considered to be a partying bachelor, was a committed husband and father in recent years and is survived by his wife Racquel and young son Mahdi.