Ugh, a ’16 & Pregnant’ star has died of an apparent overdose

According to a statement from her family on Thursday, 16 and Pregnant star Valerie Fairman died from an apparent drug overdose on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old mom was found “unresponsive” in a bathroom at a friend’s house Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Fairman’s 7-year-old daughter, Nevaeh is now with her mom. Chester County police are still determining the cause of death, but TMZ reports that Fairman’s family said it was a possible overdose. MTV released a statement to People saying, “We are saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.”

Fairman didn’t have her daughter with her at the time and was staying with a friend who became worried when she locked herself in the bathroom and didn’t respond to her friend’s calls. The friend broke down the door and called 911.

Fairman had a rough go all around. While on the reality show, she had to get a DNA test from her then-boyfriend Matt to confirm the paternity of her daughter. She’s been arrested for theft and assault, as well as prostitution in 2015. She’s also struggled openly with her substance abuse. On the EMS dispatch call, the operator told officers responding to the scene that they would need “containers for needles.”

Fairman’s story, sadly, is not even remotely uncommon. Pennsylvania has some of the highest rates of opioid and heroin overdoses in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2015, there were a total of 3,500 people who died from a drug overdose in Pennsylvania alone, which is a 20 percent increase from the year before. Chester County, where Fariman lived, accounted for 135 of those deaths. In Pennsylvania, around 14 percent of overdose victims also had buprenorphine or Narcan in their system at the time of death in 2015.

Fairman had been to rehab five times in the past five years and it’s not known if she was taking one of those drugs to help with her addiction, but either way, the system is obviously failing addicts in a major way.

Last week, Fairman was reportedly “way up” and “very good,” according to her mom, Janice. But she had been arrested on December 15 for resisting an arrest and giving false ID to police. She was released on bail and had a hearing just after the New Year.