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"Pirate" Contestant Found Dead of Apparent Suicide

7/30/2007 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cheryl KosewiczCheryl Kosewicz, from the recently canceled CBS reality show "Pirate Master," was found dead in her home on Friday, KOLO-TV in Reno is reporting. Officials told the station the death is believed to be a suicide, but is still under investigation.

Just two months earlier, Kosewicz's boyfriend also took his own life.

Her death was confirmed by fellow "Pirate Master" contestant Nessa Nemir, who posted on the show's Facebook page, "All of the pirates and Cheryl's friends and family are shocked and devastated. It is a tragic loss that we all feel very deeply."

Another contestant, Joycelyn "Joy" McElveen, wrote on her MySpace page, "I lay in my bed tossing and turning waiting on someone to wake me up from this horrible nightmare. What nightmare you may ask? The nightmare that I thought I would never have to deal with the news that my best friend is dead. I immediately scream out in pain and sorrow."

Kosewicz was the fourth person eliminated (on the show), which was canceled just last week.

UPDATE [2:55PM PT]: A rep for "Pirate Master" tells TMZ: "Everyone at CBS who knew her is shocked and saddened by the news of Cheryl Kosewicz's untimely and unexpected passing. We will remember Cheryl for her extraordinary energy and compassion and we extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends."

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1.

Robert    

I like turtles.

2581 days ago
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Zenophobe Alien    

Never heard of it.

2581 days ago
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Ace    

Only YOU can save Amy Sedaris from certain suicide by taking a meeting with her.

Anyone?

2581 days ago
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Sloane    

so very sad and tragic
her pain must have been unbearable--too bad she was too depressed to realize that things would get better with time and help from qualified people
so sorry for what the families face over the next few weeks

2581 days ago
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Bridget    

She appeared to be a bright woman and was cut from the crew because she was a competitor and a threat. I can't believe that the show was canceled. BUMMER.

2581 days ago
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tim    

he does look like a pirate...

2581 days ago
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Victoria    

My prayers to her family.

2581 days ago
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Dawn Day    

How sad to be in that much termoil enough to end it all.

2581 days ago
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jeeze    

That's very sad news, both the suicide and the cancellation of the show. I loved this show :(

I understand why she did it though. My boyfriend died unexpectedly and I was so angry and distraught that I almost did myself in. Luckily I had the support system to get me through it and now my life is back on track although I still miss him dearly. It's too bad nobody had been able to help her :(

2581 days ago
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RageFace    

I can only imagine how much she was hurting.... To lose a loved one, then lose your own? Tragedy strikes more than once in the same place, I suppose...

2581 days ago
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Tonya    

Very sad. I just checked her myspace page and she logged in Thursday, July 26th and posted her mood as crushed. Very, very sad.

2581 days ago
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big joe    

some people are so weak.

2581 days ago
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Amy    

I hope they make SURE these weren't possible murders. Especially when there are 2 of them so closely related. That is very, very sad. My condolences to Joy and to this woman's family. That has to be one of the hardest thing for survivors to live with. The grief, I wouldn't want to even have to imagine losing a loved one in that manner. They could use alot of people's prayers right now.

2581 days ago
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Janis W    

I'm really sad to hear this. From watching her on the show, she seemed like she had a real sadness about her. It's a tragedy she didn't have someone she could go too and talk things over with. RIP Cheryl. Also, shame on CBS for canceling this show, I enjoyed it, I hate when they cancel shows once you've really started watching them.

2581 days ago
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admin    

When is the world going to realize only losers sign up to be reality show contestants?

2581 days ago
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