The Real World star Sarah Becker dies aged 52

The Real World star Sarah Becker has died aged 52 (Pictures: Facebook)

The Real World star Sarah Becker has died at the age of 52.

The MTV favorite, who appeared on the Miami-based version of the reality series, died by suicide.

Her family confirmed the news to TMZ, explaining that she was at her home in Illinois at the time.

She’d moved to the area to care for her mom and sister, but had planned to eventually head to California when she could.

According to the outlet, she had struggled with mental health issues in the last few months – while also recovering from a skateboarding accident.

She was described by her loved ones as a ‘selfless’ person who took care of everyone.

Sarah came to fame on season five of the Real World (Picture: YouTube)

Becker worked in the comic book industry but switched things up in 1996 when she appeared in season five of the Real World, which was set in Miami.

The hugely popular series ran on MTV for 33 seasons, before it ended in 2016, and followed a group of young people living in a house together across several months.

Her castmates included Cynthia Robert, Melissa Padron, Flora Alekseyeva, Dan Renzi, Joe Patane and Mike Lambert.

‘I am beyond myself and sad to just hear that my roomate Sarah died. I can’t believe this,’ she wrote.

‘She was the most selfless person I knew. She was always kind and helpful to everyone. I haven’t spoken to her in years and never knew she was troubled.

Tributes poured in for Sarah on social media (Picture: Facebook)

‘My prayers go out to her family. RIP my roomate, my friend. May you skate with angels and never feel pain again #therealworldmiami [sic].’

Fans rushed to offer her support in the comments below, while also honoring Becker’s memory.

‘Im super sorry for your loss Flora. Sending you and your fellow cast mates healing and strength [sic],’ Mike Lewis podcast replied.

Maryluce113 agreed: ‘Oh Flora! I am thinking of you. Such a special season and time in all of our lives. Sarah was special and I am so sad to hear this.’

Alexptaylor1 wrote: ‘Beyond sad. Will always remember her sayings- Ba-Wow, Bunny save me, jumping in the pool… RIP Sarah. So sorry @realityfloramtv.’

Kellythebaroness80 agreed: ‘Ohhhh wow!! I can’t believe it!! She was such a rad chick on the RW Miami. I’m so sorry @realityfloramtv.’

The Real World: Miami filmed at the beginning of 1996 and aired that summer, following the seven housemates as they went about their daily lives.

That season was the first where the cast were given their own task to complete as a house, and were given $50,000 to begin a business – which ultimately did not end up happening.

Becker later opened up about her time in front of the cameras, explaining that she initially applied as a joke, and wanted to use the platform to further her career.

Sarah appeared on the Miami version of the MTV series (Picture: MTV)

‘For me, The Real World was a six-month long vacation,’ she told the Chicago Tribune. ‘I knew from the get-go that it couldn’t be a steppingstone to bigger and better things.

‘I want my own magazine some day, and I don’t think Sarah from The Real World is going to have anything to do with that.

‘I kind of liked being anonymous. Now I go into a place and people recognize me and say, “Hey, Real World girl!” So when I go out I sometimes wear a hood.’

Despite this, she conceded that she had a ‘blast’ on the series, adding: ‘I learned that I’m pretty happy about who I am.’

Need support?

For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

If you’re a young person, or concerned about a young person, you can also contact PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide UK. Their HOPELINK digital support platform is open 24/7, or you can call 0800 068 4141, text 07860039967 or email: pat@papyrus-uk.org between the hours of 9am and midnight.

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