Ahmad Givens, aka Real, rapper and star of the VH1 reality dating game show Real Chance of Love, has died at age 33 after battling colon cancer for almost two years, TMZ reports.
The sad news was confirmed by his brother and co-star Kamal "Chance" Givens, who posted a touching tribute to his brother on Instagram.
Real is also survived by two more brothers, his mother, grandmother, his wife of four years, Racquel Givens, and their son.
He and Chance appeared together on two seasons of Real Chance of Love, starting in 2008. They had made their reality show debuts on the VH1 dating series I Love New York in 2007 and also starred in Real and Chance: The Legend Hunters in 2010. Real also appeared on the cable network's show I Love Money.
Real was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2013. He underwent chemotherapy and at least two surgeries to remove cancerous cells in his colon and liver. He was also treated for a brain tumor, according to UrbanDaily.com.
"God was number one and my family was number two," he said. "God just really blessed me with abreast strong support system. I just kept a positive outlook. And on those days when I was down, I didn't let anybody see that because I didn't want them to get down. My son kept me going because I knew he needed me and I needed him so I fought to be here for him."
Real often posted updates about his health on Instagram. In December, he shared a post-operation photo showing him sporting a large vertical scar, or "battle wound," on his torso and stomach. "I don't let this stuff bring me down," he wrote. "I just roll with the punches."
Our condolences go out to Givens's family.
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