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Exclusive: Horrifying Death of Reality Star's Baby

9/26/2006 10:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joseph SimmonsA rapper's wife gave birth Thursday, but the scene quickly turned to tragedy after their newborn girl was pronounced dead.

Rev. Run, a.k.a. Joseph Simmons, shocked fans last year when he announced that his wife Justine was pregnant on his MTV reality show "Run's House."

Justine's pregnancy was the cliffhanger on the MTV show last season. It generated intense interest among viewers who have been anxiously following the pregnancy and awaiting the birth.

Simmons, a member of the legendary rap group Run-DMC, was at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ Tuesday for the birth of his child. Doctors delivered the baby via c-section, revealing a cruel twist of fate -- the baby girl was born with organs outside the body. The newborn died a short time later.

TMZ has learned that MTV cameras were inside the hospital at the time of the birth, though we do not know if they were in the delivery room.


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My prayers are with him and his family! This is such a very sad situtation

2957 days ago


MY CONDOLENCES! You will be in my prayers.

2957 days ago


Isn't something like this detected through ultrasound during pregnancy? I don't understand why cameras were there if they knew the baby was going to die.

Very sad, though.

2957 days ago


It is a horrible, sad thing to lose a child! :(

2957 days ago


Oh wow. They were so happy when they found out she was pregnant.
I can't believe it.

2957 days ago


That's my question Stephanie. They didn't know they're was a problem before the baby was born.

2957 days ago


I want to say I think this is horrible for the family, I watch the show during season, all I can see is Justine buying baby clothing early before pregnancy is known. I love this family, and show, and things happen for a reason. He is the "REV" and I know his family is praying. This has Happened but for this something Big Will Happen in Return. My thoughts are with this family.

2957 days ago

Jennie Pie    

So very sorry, Godbless you all

2957 days ago


How awful for the family.

2957 days ago


prayers go out to the family

2957 days ago


" a cruel twist of fate " ????

TMZ, have a heart! what kind of sensationalized writing is that?????

2957 days ago


I'm SO sorry!

2957 days ago


That's so sad...I hope they can get some time to themselves through this tragedy...

2957 days ago

No Need For A Name    

Such a tragic event, I feel for the Rev and his family. I did not follow the show but either way it still is so sad. My prayers are with them to get through this terrible time.

2957 days ago

the wise old owl    

WOW ! That is really heavy. I know what it's like to lose a baby at birth. It is devestating. So sad. You've decorated the baby's room. Bought all the furniture and had the baby shower. You never forget the loss. Her grief must be ten fold, with the media attention to add to it.

At least I suffered my loss in privacy. Thank goodness she has the support of her family and friends to get through this. My thoughts and prayers go out to this family in their time of need. It's time to turn off the CAMERA'S and let them grieve.God bless that little baby. God Speed. He or she had a higher calling.

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