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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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Reality shows have to be stopped!!!!

Some people just should not be on T.V. Is there a mental evaulation done on people who are on these shows?

C.B.S. do they do proper screening?

I can't imagine taking my life for being dropped out of a reality show!!!

I could never see my self even being on a reality show, television Is made for acting!!!

Reality shows are the cheapest way these network big wigs make the big bucks with thier shoestring budget!!!

Shame on all these Media Mongers who exploit people to live high off the cow!!!

2650 days ago


I'm vary sad to have read this news about this loss of life my family and I watch the show all the time . i just said to my kids to night july 30 th . we for got to watch the show now we don't get to see if lue wins or not . the show was great please tell mark berrnet to put it back on the air in honner of cheryl .. and my prayers go out to her family she was one tuff chick . life just got to tuff for her to handle that's to bad . my we all say JOHN 3:16 and pray really soul heartly for her soul to be saved . rest in peace cheryl... from cheryl MN..

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