Reality TV star Ahmad “Real” Givens has died after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 33.
Givens, along with his brother, Kamal, aka “Chance,” first came to fame as contestants on the VH1 reality dating show “I Love New York.” The duo became so popular from the program that network execs put together a spin-off show for the brothers called “Real Chance of Love.” Their show ran for two seasons before being canceled.
In 2013, Givens was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Though initially not given much time to live, it was reported that after chemotherapy and other treatments, he was doing better. According to TMZ, Chance disclosed that Real had recently suffered a bad fall and was bedridden.
On Friday, Feb. 20) Real expressed that he was having difficulty seeing and speaking and died shortly
Chance wrote the following tribute to his brother on Instagram:
“To my favorite guy in this whole world be in peace we love you forever bro I’ll see you one day soon we shall dance again in God’s kingdom forever and ever bro words can’t describe my pain world pray for me!”
In an interview last fall, Givens said he wants his son to know he did the best he could for him and that he is content to live through him.
“For my son, I want him to know that his father did everything that he could to provide the best life for him. That his father was there for him, that his father was honest,” Givens said. “Through my son, my legacy will continue.”
Givens is survived by his wife and young son.