Naked & Afraid Star Melanie Rauscher, 35, Dies While Dog-Sitting for Friends
The reality star – who was known for having been a long-running contestant on the Discovery survival series ‘Naked and Afraid’ – was found dead last Sunday in the guest room of a house in Arizona.
Corey Kasun of the Prescott Police Department told TMZ: “Melanie was dog sitting at a residence in Prescott… while the homeowners were away on vacation. The homeowners returned on the afternoon of July 17 and found Melanie deceased on the bed in the guest room. Several cans of compressed air were found near her body.”
While it is unclear whether the cans of compressed air – which are typically used to clean dust from computer keyboards – played a part in her death, the outlet went on to claim that the Yavapai County Medical Examiner will determine Melanie’s cause of death in due course.
Melanie was mainly a contestant on “Naked and Afraid” in 2013 and the spinoff show ‘XL’ in 2015.
Duck, Sarah, and Melanie: WELCOME 2 AFRICA! 🐅
— Naked and Afraid (@NakedAndAfraid) April 4, 2018
RIP Melanie Elizabeth Rauscher (1986-2022)
UPDATE: On September 2nd, TMZ obtained an autopsy report from the Yavapai County Medical Examiner, in which the official cause of death was listed as difluoroethane toxicity. The report noted that drugs and alcohol did not play a role in her death.