Jordan Cashmyer Death



Jordan Cashmyer, who appeared as a teenager on MTV’s reality show “16 and Pregnant” in 2014, died last month at age 27 of fentanyl and cocaine intoxication, according to the Maryland Department of Health Office of Chief Medical Examiner.

The former reality star’s manner of death is undetermined, Department of Health representative Andy Owen confirmed to USA TODAY.

The Chief Medical Examiner’s office and Cashmyer’s representative previously confirmed to USA TODAY that Cashmyer died on Jan. 14, just nine days after her 27th birthday.

“This has been a very sad couple of days,” representative Howard Wood told USA TODAY in an email Jan. 17, calling Cashmyer a “sweet, caring and good hearted person. I’m honored to have been able to know and work with Jordan for many years and wish life would have been kinder to her. I hope she is in a better place.”

Cashmyer’s episode of “16 and Pregnant,” which first aired on MTV in the summer of 2014, detailed her and then-boyfriend Derek Taylor’s struggles with homelessness during her pregnancy. Cashmyer would later welcome daughter Genevieve Shae Taylor, born on March 7, 2014, according to an announcement from MTV at the time. She gave birth to a second daughter, Lyla, last year.

The official account for MTV’s “Teen Mom,” a reality spinoff from “16 and Pregnant” that followed many of the original show’s young stars adjusting to parenthood after they welcomed their newborns, mourned Cashmyer on social media, though Cashmyer did not appear on any of the franchise’s spinoffs, according to her IMDb page.

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“We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Jordan Cashmyer,” the post read. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Cashmyer wasn’t the first “16 and Pregnant” alum to face an untimely death. Season 2 alum Valerie Fairman was found dead in 2016 in Pennsylvania at age 23. Fairman’s episode, which first aired in 2010, followed her pregnancy with daughter Nevaeh, who was 7 at the time of her death.