Our deepest sympathies go out to her loved ones, friends, and supporters as they grieve her passing.
“Naked and Afraid” star Melanie Rauscher, who starred in two seasons of the well-known Discovery Channel program, was discovered dead next to dust-cleaning cans for an undetermined cause.
According to Corey Kasun, a spokesperson for the Prescott Police Department, who provided TMZ with a statement, Rauscher was dog-sitting at a residence in Prescott, Arizona, while the owners were away.
When they got back, they found the reality star dead in their guest room, close to a number of compressed air-filled dust cleaning cans. Whether she ate the contents of the cans is still unknown.
No criminal activity or drug paraphernalia were discovered by the police. Along with the fact that the dog was in good condition, Rauscher did not leave a suicide note.
In a heartfelt memorial posted on his Facebook page, her close friend and fellow cast member Jeremy McCaa wrote, “She came into my life in a way I can’t explain.”
“We had such a chemistry on the show and it blossomed into a friendship that goes beyond words could describe. Her laughter was one of a kind. Her friendship was amazing. Even tho we wasn’t blood, we was family.”
“I could always count on her. We had so many moments when we would just be there for each other. She was my swamp wife, a best friend, a strong woman, an amazing person and I’ll always cherish our moments together,” he added.
“You’re gone to soon and taken from us to early. You’ll always be my Mel. I love you and I’ll see you again one day. The world lost an amazing person. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers. See you again my Queen.”
Both “Naked and Afraid” and its follow-up program, “Naked and Afraid XL,” featured Rauscher as a participant in 2013 and 2015, respectively.