The star of the former MTV show “16 and Pregnant,” Jordan Cashmyer, has died at the age of 26.
News of Cashmyer's death was revealed on her mother on Cashmyer’s father’s Facebook page. She did not reveal the cause of death.
Cashmyer, who struggled with homelessness and teen pregnancy, was disowned by her parents on the show who did not approve of her relationship with her boyfriend, Derek Taylor. After being kicked out of her parents’ home, Cashmyerand her boyfriend struggled to find work and housing. She eventually gave birth to her daughter Genevieve.
"Last night I received a call no parent ever wants," the Facebook post reads. "My oldest beloved daughter, Jordan has passed away, she was only 26 years old. Our hearts are truly broken. No parent should ever have to go through losing a child, EVER."
The post added: "Please keep my family in your thoughts prayers as we navigate through this terrible tragedy. Please understand and respect our privacy at this time. We are surrounded by the love and support of our children, granddaughter Lyla and family members."
As detailed by Fox News, Cashmyer's struggles continued well after the show ended. In 2015, she signed over the custody rights of her daughter to Taylor’s mother. Deadline reports that in 2017, Cashmyer was arrested for drug possession, but had apparently celebrated a year of sobriety early last year.
Her representative told E! News that he learned of her death on January 15.
"This is an incredibly sad day. Jordan was a sweet and caring person," he stated. "Last we spoke she was doing well 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 rooting for her and am grateful I had the chance to know and work with her all these years."
"Life wasn't always kind to her so now she is able to be at peace."
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