Valerie Fairman, the mother of a seven-year-old daughter Nevaeh, was found dead in Coatesville, Chester County, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, six years after she appeared on MTV’s hit show, “16 and Pregnant.”
According to her mother, who spoke to TMZ, Valerie was out at a friend’s place on Wednesday when the tragedy happened. She was found dead in her friend’s bathroom when her friend had to break down the door as she was not responding to her friend at all.
The Chester County Coroner’s office confirmed the death in a statement saying that Valerie Fairman aged 23 died in suburban Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Family and friends took to the social media on Thursday which was another confirmation of Valerie Fairman’s death.
The cause of death has still not been officially released and police investigations into the cause and circumstances of death are under way. However, based on her past history of drug addiction and related issues, speculations are rife that it may have been a case of drug overdose.
MTV, the channel responsible for “16 and Pregnant” said in a statement:
“We are saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.”
During her brief life, she had big time drug-related issues and dependency – had problems with the police and was arrested a number of times for different reasons including a prostitution arrest in 2015.
According to TMZ, Valerie was last arrested on December 15, this month, for resisting arrest and providing false identification. Reportedly, she was out on bail in the continuing case when she died.
She leaves behind a seven-year-old daughter Nevaeh (Heaven when spelled backward).
“She looked healthy and was doing well,” Karla Bowers, a close friend of the deceased, said in a Radraonline.com exclusive, “She never wanted to leave her daughter.”
When anyone as young as 23 dies it breaks, or should break, your heart. The fact that Valerie Fairman was a celebrity, in her own rights, does not make it any different. The heart grieves for the young life lost and not the celebrity status at whatever level it may have been.
The difference lies in the newsworthiness of the death; there are hundreds, maybe thousands, or even more, similar cases every year that go unmentioned. They may find a place in the obituary section of dailies, but that’s about all the interest these deaths generate in terms of public interest and concern.