Jordan Cashmyer, whose struggles with homelessness and teenage pregnancy were documented in the MTV show “16 and Pregnant”, has died at the age of 26.
Cashmyer’s mother shared the news of her death on her father’s Facebook page. A cause of death has not yet been announced.
“Last night I received a call that no parent ever wants,” reads the Facebook post. “My oldest beloved daughter, Jordan has passed away, she was only 26 years old. Our hearts are really broken. No parent should ever have to go through the loss of a child, EVER.
The post continues: “Please keep my family in your thoughts as we navigate through this terrible tragedy. Understand and respect our privacy at this time. We are surrounded by the love and support of our children, granddaughter Lyla and family members.”
The Maryland Department of Health Office of Chief Medical Examiner confirmed the reality star’s death to Fox News Digital. However, it did not give a cause of death.
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Deadline reports that Cashmyer appeared on the show in 2014, which documented her pregnancy with boyfriend Derek Taylor. After being denied by her parents, who did not approve of her relationship with Taylor, the two struggled to find work and thus housing. She eventually gave birth to daughter Genevieve “Evie” Shae Taylor.
As her fights continued, Cashmyer signed custody of her daughter to Taylor’s mother in 2015. In 2017, the business reported that she was arrested for possession of drugs. But by January 2021, she had apparently celebrated a year of sobriety.
A representative of Cashmyer told E! News exclusively that he was told about the reality star’s death on January 15th.
“This is an incredibly sad day. Jordan was a sweet and caring person,” he said. “Last time we talked she was fine and seemed to be in a good place mentally and physically. I wish people had the opportunity to know her beyond her struggles. I was always happy for her and am grateful that I had the chance to get to know and work with her all these years. “
He added: “Life was not always kind to her, so now she is able to be at peace.”
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