Danny Dias Dies; MTV Reality Star Was 33

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Tragic news from the world of MTV today: Danny Dias, a reality star best known for his appearance on Season 13 of Road Rules, has died.

He was only 33.

Danny Dias Photo

There's been no official word on Dias' cause of death, but sources close to the situation say that his passing appears to have been drug related.

According to police reports, Dias was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Monday morning, following a bizarre incident over the weekend.

Friends of the reality star tell a chilling tale:

Dias reportedly took hallucinogens - believed to be LSD and mushrooms - began to panic, and locked himself in his bedroom.

Ignoring friends' pleas for him to emerge, he wouldn't come out, and his friends ultimately (and tragically) left the apartment.

Assuming Dias simply wanted to be left alone after suffering a bad reaction to drugs, they let him be. It was the last they saw of him.

Danny Dias Image

After nearly two days passed and there was still no word from Dias, the friends called police, who found Dias' lifeless body in bed.

Drug overdoses caused by hallucinogens are virtually unheard of, so it's believed that Dias may have consumed something else.

He could have taken a third substance his friends weren't aware of, or engaged in some sort of fatal self-harm while under the influence.

The NYPD has reportedly launched a full investigation, but it may be weeks before we have any definitive answers regarding the tragedy.

It's all incredibly sad, to say the least.

After first appearing on Road Rules in 2004, Dias later returned to the same network for a season of The Gauntlet as well.

The Linden, New Jersey native quickly became a fan favorite on both series and befriended fellow his cast members.

Derrick Kosinski, Jodi Weatherton and Patrick Maloney were among his closest friends from the MTV family.

Dias attended the Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he majored in music education from 2001-2003.

He reportedly left the university in his home state after receiving a call from MTV about his Road Rules audition tape.

Sadly, Dias is not the first early 2000s MTV talent that we've lost prematurely in just the last couple of months.

In April, former Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County cast member Clay Adler committed suicide.

Clay Adler Pic

Prior to the tragic passing of Adler (above), former Rob & Big star Christopher Boykin passed away at the age of 45.

Fans have already taken to social media to express their condolences to Dias' family and mourn a life taken far too soon.

We'll have further updates on this developing story and more information becomes available in the coming days and weeks.

In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers go out to Dias' family and friends during this tremendously difficult time.

R.I.P.

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