We were all heartbroken when we learned Ahmad “Real” Givens lost his battle with cancer last Saturday.
The former VH1 reality TV star was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in March of 2013 and fought for his life like a titan.
Real was very transparent with his fans throughout his treatments and multiple surgeries by posting updates and videos on his Instagram page.
For many of us, who became emotionally vested in his recovery, his passing was like losing a family member.
Real’s family recently released a statement remembering their loved one and thanked his fans for loving him as much as they do.
From the entire Givens family on behalf of Ahmad:
To all who have supported and loved him, we are forever appreciative for your thoughts and prayers, throughout his struggle over the past two years. For all that didn’t know him personally, he is not just the “Real” you knew on TV. He is a loving father and husband and cherished member of our family. He was the sweet little boy who was born with health problems, who overcame them. Throughout his struggles, he became the man God wanted him to be. How fitting it was that his last day was God’s Sabbath day, which Ahmad honored faithfully.
He holds a special place in our lives and we will always remember him as our Mahdi, the faithful brother, the exceptional son, the easy smile, and the way he could put others at ease. He will be sorely missed and our entire family will always be forever grateful for having him in our lives.
From his parents, Robert and Claudia, to his loving brothers, Sean, Kamal, and Micah, it was a privilege to have him in our lives and to love him for 35 years. We thank you for loving him as we did.
Ahmad told his mother that he hopes God lets him live to see his 35th birthday, and God granted him that last wish, on January 8, 2015.
On the morning of February 21, 2015, Ahmad was called home, and we ask everyone that loved him, to help carry on his legacy.
Rest in grace, Ahmad.