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Sahara Davenport, RIP: Five Other Reality Stars Who Died Young

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Sahara Davenport was just 27.

Here's a look at other reality stars who, like RuPaul's Drag Race alum, died before the age of 30:

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1. Joey Kovar: In August, the aspiring actor and fitness buff, whose battles with sobriety caused him to move out of The Real World: Hollywood, and later led him to Celebrity Rehab, was found dead in his native Chicago of a suspected overdose. He was 29.   

2. Leslie Carter: Her show-biz clan's reality series House of Carter was short-lived; her family's troubles were not. Leslie, a younger sister of pop stars Nick Carter and Aaron Carter, died this past winter of an overdose at her father's home in Buffalo, New York. She was 25.  

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3. Frankie Abernathy: The flame-haired housemate from the 2004 iteration of The Real World: San Diego died in 2007 at age 25. She'd battled cystic fibrosis since she was a toddler. "Tomorrow is a privilege," Abernathy said on the show, "so live like tomorrow isn't happening."

4. Daniel Smith: In 2006, the likeable, low-key son of the larger-than-life Anna Nicole Smith, a reluctant costar on The Anna Nicole Show, passed away in the hospital room of his mother shortly after she gave birth to his half-sister. The younger Smith was 20. A lengthy investigation ruled the case an accidental overdose.  

5. Pedro Zamora: In 1994, the pioneering Real World: San Francisco cast member, who used the the show as a platform for his AIDS-education efforts, died of the disease hours after his season's final episode aired. He was 22. 

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