'16 and Pregnant' Star Valerie Fairman Reportedly Dies From Drug Overdose

By McCarton Ackerman 12/27/16

Fairman was found unresponsive in a friend's home in Pennsylvania last Thursday.

 Valerie Fairman
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Valerie Fairman, best known from her 2010 appearance on the MTV reality show 16 and Pregnant, has tragically passed away from a reported drug overdose last Wednesday. She was just 23 years old.

Fairman’s mother told TMZ that her daughter wouldn’t come out of the bathroom while visiting a friend in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. When the friend finally broke the door down, they found Fairman unresponsive. The reality star’s seven-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, whose birth was documented on the MTV series, is currently with her grandmother.

MTV released a statement saying they were “saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.” Teen Mom cast members also took to Twitter to comment on the tragic death. Chelsea DeBoer tweeted, "My heart goes out to her daughter and family,” while Jenelle Evans wrote, “This really upsets me. Thanks for letting me know. I told her to stay on track.” Both women also appeared on Season 2 of 16 and Pregnant.

Fairman's ex-boyfriend, David Pryce, spoke to Us Weekly in the aftermath of her death. He told the magazine that “people don’t know how she really was. She was very loving. She was very insecure. She always wanted to go places with me … I wish that I could have done more for her, that’s basically how I feel. She was trying so hard … It’s a lifelong problem.” 

Prior to her death, Fairman was arrested on several occasions and reportedly struggled with substance abuse. She was arrested a week before her death for resisting arrest and giving false identification to police, and was charged last year with prostitution.

Sadly, Fairman isn’t only the teen mom on MTV to struggle with substance abuse. Jenelle Evans has spoken openly about her heroin addiction, while Farrah Abraham from Season 1 was arrested for DUI in March 2013 after blowing double the legal limit. She later bizarrely justified her actions by declaring that she was "not really trying to drink" that night and claimed she was “not driving at the time. I was simply turning a corner and parking my vehicle and that’s when I was approached.”

Amber Portwood’s fentanyl addiction led to her spending 16 months behind bars after she shockingly requested prison over court-ordered rehab, but she has reportedly remained sober since being released in November 2013.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.