MTV 'Road Rules' and 'The Challenge' Star Danny Dias Dies at 34

When authorities arrived, Dias was unconscious and unresponsive, paramedics pronounced him dead on scene

MTV star Danny Dias has died, PEOPLE can confirm. He was 34.

According to Police, Dias — who appeared on the network’s Road Rules and The Challenge — was found on Saturday around 5 p.m. after they received a call about male who needed assistance at 896 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn. When authorities arrived, Dias was unconscious and unresponsive; paramedics pronounced him dead on scene. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

A source tells PEOPLE Dias was found with lacerations on his wrists and surrounded by hallucinogenic drugs.

According to TMZ, who was first to report the death, Dias invited a friend to his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday. They parted ways that day, but then when the friend returned to Dias’ apartment later, he was found dead in his bedroom.

14th Annual amfAR Rocks Benefit
Carley Margolis/FilmMagic

“We are saddened by the news of Danny Dias’ passing,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

“Our thoughts are with the Dias family during this difficult time. Danny was a beloved member of the ‘Road Rules’ community,” Bunim/Murray Productions said in a statement about Dias’ passing.

Dias first appeared on season 13 of MTV’s Road Rules, Road Rules: X-Treme, which took place in Argentina and Chile and aired in 2004. The reality game show features a group of young people who compete for prizes in a series of challenges.

Originally a native of Linden, New Jersey, Dias went on to appear on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet 2, the 11th season of MTV’s The Challenge, which premiered in 2005. (MTV did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.)

After Dias left the reality TV world, he held jobs in finance, studied acting and co-founded an AIDS research charity called Generation Cure, per LinkedIn.

Related Articles