We have an update on the unfortunate death of Danny Dias.
As previously reported, the former Road Rules cast member was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Monday.
He was only 34 years old.
When this sad news first broke yesterday, very little was known about the circumstances surrounding Dias' death, although those close to the situation believed the passing was drug-related.
Friends of the ex-reality star say that Dias took hallucinogens (presumed to have been LSD and mushrooms) over the weekend and then started to panic.
He locked himself in his bedroom as a result.
This same acquaintances tried to urge Dias to come out, but after he continually refused to do so, they left the residence.
They thought Danny simply wanted to be left alone in order to ride out this bad reaction to whatever substance he had taken.
But then two days passed without anyone having head from Dias; therefore, his friends called the police, who eventually entered Danny's apartment and found his corpse.
Such sad stuff.
According to the latest information, per TMZ and Us Weekly, Dias was found with two vertical lacerations on his forearm.
Authorities are therefore treating the death as a suicide.
The New York Police Department also says that drugs were found at the scene.
"Police discovered a 34-year-old male unconscious and unresponsive," officials told Us Weekly on Thursday morning, adding:
"The EMS responded and pronounced the male deceased at the scene. No criminality suspected at this time. The Medical Examiner is going to determine the cause of death.
"There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing."
The Linden, New Jersey, native starred on season 13 of Road Rules in 2004 and MTV released the following statement in the wake of his passing:
"We are saddened by the news of Danny Dias' passing. 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' community."
Dias majored in music education from 2001 to 2003 at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton.
Sources say he actually left the school in his home state after receiving a call from MTV about his Road Rules audition tape.
He then landed a role on the series and turned into a fan favorite, returning after his season was finished to appear on MTV's The Gauntlet.
He’s the third former MTV reality star to pass away this year:
- Just last month, ex-Rob & Big cast member Christopher "Big" Boykin died.
- Prior to that, former Newport Beach star Clay Adler shot himself in the head.
We send our condolences to the family of Danny Dias and to all the reality stars who left this planet too soon.
May they all rest in peace.
We'll update this story with more information if or when more news breaks.
For now, we join everyone who knew Dias in expressing our sympathy and in shaking our heads. This sounds like a tragic situation all around.