MTV star Chris "CT" Tamburello posted a heartbreaking tribute to Diem Brown, who died Friday after a long battle with cancer.
Tamburello shared a touching message to Brown, whom he dated on-and-off after meeting on MTV's "The Challenge" back in 2006, on Instagram Wednesday. The message was posted alongside a photo of a prayer card with Brown's portrait and rosary beads with a ring.
You have always been My Angel. And now you have your wings. We've been thru so much over the years. Thru the ups and downs we somehow managed to keep our promise. We never gave up on each other. Our plan to be together forever hasn't changed... it's just going to take a little longer now. And I'm going to hold onto this ring for you till we are together again. So don't worry mama, I'm not afraid. I know you will always be with me to give me your strength. You are The Love of My Life. My reason to be a better man. I Love You Always and Forever
Last year, Brown wrote about being with her ex on "The Challenge: Rivals II" in a blog for People.
"Yes, I am on a reality TV show with my ex, an ex who ironically met me back in 2006 when I was in this exact same stage of emotional recovery after cancer," she wrote. "There is comfort there – I'm not sure what that means but when I think of those moments, I just felt comfort and an acceptance of who I was."
Brown, 32, was diagnosed with cancer for the third time this summer. After battling ovarian cancer twice, she learned she had colon cancer in August. In October, she revealed the cancer had spread to her liver and kidneys.
Tamburello shared a photo of him holding Brown's hand in a hospital room in September, writing: "Sometimes just being there for someone can be the difference between a good and bad day."
Brown's funeral was held in New York City Tuesday at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Us Weekly reported. Tamburello attended the ceremony along with other MTV stars, including Kenny Santucci, Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio and Paula Meronek.