Friends and Family Remember Diem Brown on Her 35th Birthday

The reality star died last November after a long battle with cancer

Photo: Courtesy Diem Brown

Diem Brown would have turned 35 years old on Friday, and her loved ones celebrated her life and remembered the continuous strength she showed throughout her battle with cancer.

Brown’s sister Megan shared a childhood picture as well as the family birthday tradition on Instagram Friday.

“Any other morning on June 12th for as long as I can remember I started it with a phone call. A tradition our family has to never let our birthdays go by without being sung the birthday song … the whole song, full out, every word. Nine times out of 10 I’d get your voicemail and leave an obnoxious rendition, similar to the one I would receive from you on my birthday. I yearn so badly to make that call,” she wrote.

Brown’s best friend Alicia Quarles posted a touching tribute to Instagram that included “I Carry Your Heart,” by E.E. Cummings.

After losing Brown last November, Quarles said at her funeral that “Diem was the happiest person I know.”

Brown’s friend Julie Rotondi also posted a touching memorial on her Instagram account, urging fans to donate to MedGift, the charity Brown founded to raise funds and awareness for cancer.

Jamie Chung also posted a photo with her friend, saying, “You are incredibly missed. Your spirit has and will continue to remain with us as a daily reminder to live a boisterous, joyful life. ”

Other friends took to Twitter to pay tribute to their friend and costar, many of them using the hashtag #DiemStrong:

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