On June 4, Danny Dias, best known for his participation in the hit MTV show “Road Rules,” was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment. The 34-year-old reality TV star was reportedly found lying next to hallucinogenic drugs with lacerations on his wrist.
MTV took to social media to inform fans of his tragic passing:
— MTV (@MTV) June 8, 2017
However, officials weren’t clear on whether those drugs or lacerations were what led to his untimely death. In fact, until now, they were unable to determine the cause of his death.
But on Monday, People confirmed with a New York City Chief Medical Examiner spokesperson that Dias passed away from neither the hallucinogenic drugs nor the lacerations.
Instead, he died from “complications of chronic substance abuse.”
The 34-year-old reportedly did not pass away from any “lethal injuries,” according to People, but rather from “natural causes brought on by years of drug abuse.”
First responders discovered his body after a friend called 911 saying a man needed help. It’s been reported that Dias did, in fact, ingest drugs leading up to his death; however, those drugs were reportedly irrelevant to his passing.
He was found in the bathroom of his Brooklyn home.Screenshot/Google Maps
Dias first graced the small screen in 2004 when he competed on Season 13 of MTV’s “Road Rules: X-Treme.” He then went on to compete on several MTV shows like “Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet 2” and “The Challenge.”
In a statement obtained by People, an MTV spokesperson said:
We are saddened by the news of Danny Dias’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
Bunim/Murray Productions echoed that sentiment, saying:
Our thoughts are with the Dias family during this difficult time. Danny was a beloved member of the ‘Road Rules’ community.
But MTV reality shows weren’t the only endeavors Dias was dedicated to.
The New Jersey native was a co-founder of “Generation Cure,” an AIDS research nonprofit.Mike Lawrie/Getty Images
According to amfAR, he and his co-founder, John Cafarelli, shared an admirable goal. Cafarelli said:
“I dream of the day when I wake up in the morning, pick up The New York Times, and on the cover it says: ‘Cure for HIV Is Found.’ I truly believe it is going to happen in my lifetime.”
Although Dias has tragically passed away, the 34-year-old reality star made sure to leave a legacy behind that would help others long after he’s gone.