Valerie Fairman (1993 - 2016)

Valerie Fairman, a former reality television personality who starred on the MTV series "16 and Pregnant," died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, in Coatsville, Pennsylvania, of a suspected overdose, according to multiple news sources. She was 23.

Fairman had been staying at a friend's house at the time of her death, which is under investigation.

Fairman was a 15-year-old girl who hailed from Oxford, Pennsylvania, when she starred on the second season of the show in 2009-10. In the show's third episode of the season, the baby's father, Matt, breaks up with Fairman and tells her he only wants to hear from her if it pertains to the baby. On Sept. 14, 2009, Fairman gave birth to a daughter, Nevaeh Lynn Fairman. Later in the episode, the father starts to show interest in his infant daughter as well as Fairman. The couple parted ways, however, though they were co-parenting Nevaeh at the time of Fairman's death.


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Nevaeh Fairman was not with her mother at the time of her death.

An ex-boyfriend, David Pryce, took to social media in reaction to the news.

"I will always miss you Valerie," he wrote.

MTV also issued a statement: “We are saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this time.”

Other MTV reality stars expressed condolences in posts on Twitter and Facebook, among other platforms.

"How incredibly sad," "Teen Mom 2" star Chelsea Houska wrote in a tweet. "My heart goes out to her daughter and family."

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