Reality television fans were saddened earlier this month to learn that “Naked and Afraid” star Melanie Rauscher had passed away. She was 35 years old.
The cause of Rauscher’s death is yet to be revealed
According to Fox News, Rauscher was found dead on July 17 at a house in Prescott, Arizona where she was reportedly dog sitting.
The couple who owned the animal returned home and discovered that the television star was deceased although their pet all was all right.
The cause of her death has yet to be revealed and authorities said that there were no “obvious signs” of foul play and that neither a suicide note or drug paraphernalia were found. However, several compressed air canisters used for cleaning computers were discovered.
In addition to appearing on the Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid” in 2013, Rauscher returned the following year for “Naked and Afraid XL.” Jeremy McCaa stared alongside Rauscher, and he lamented her death in a Facebook post.
Former co-star says Rauscher was “an amazing person”
“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,” McCaa recalled.
“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,” he continued.
McCaa went on to describe Rauscher as his “swamp wife, a best friend, a strong woman, an amazing person and I’ll always cherish our moments together.”
“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,” he pledged.
“The world lost an amazing person,” McCaa said of his fallen co-star. “Please keep her family and friends in your prayers. See you again my Queen.”
Fox News noted that before her time on the small scree, Rauscher served in the Navy aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt CVN-17 during the Iraq War.
Originally from Philadelphia, she had moved to Arizona and found work at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical in Arizona.