Popular reality show star dies aged 43 from 'heart failure' at his home

Cheryl Kahla
Apr 06, 2018
10:31 A.M.
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The MTV Road Rules contestant, Brian Lancaster, passed away at the age of 43. He joined the cast of the popular reality show in 1999.


Lancaster died on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at his home in Pennsylvania, and leaves behind his fiance, Sarah, whom he was madly in love with since the day they met. 

As reported by Daily Mail, Lancaster became a household name in 1999 when he first appeared in season seven of MTV Road Rules. He was 23 years old at the time. 

The show took him to Costa Rico and Mexico and he completed more than 12 different mission over the course of 15 episodes during that season. 


The show followed young contestants as they helped each other reach a set destination. They were given clues to solve, and the grand prize was $43,000. 

The series aired from 1995 until 2007 and was a spin-off to the popular The Real World Show. Lancaster didn't win the grand prize, but he was popular among fans. 

In the very first episode, he described himself as waking up from a 'punk rock and skater' phase, and added that he was in a 'transition area of his life.' 

Besides his passion for reality TV, Lancaster was an adventurer who enjoyed the outdoors. He also had a BA degree in journalism, as well as a masters degree in elementary education. 


Lancaster had a history of heart arrhythmia and substance abuse. His family suspects that heart failure may have been the cause of death. 

His chequered past also includes several arrests and drug-related charges, including possession of controlled substances, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

He pleaded guilty and was given a probation period of one year. He also leaves behind his parents, Dennis and Carol Lancaster.