’16 & Pregnant’ Star Dead at 26


MTV "16 and Pregnant" star Jordan Cashmyer died, TMZ wrote in an exclusive report on January 16, 2022. She was 26 years old.

Former “16 and Pregnant” star Jordan Cashmyer died, TMZ reported on January 16, 2022. She was 26 years old.

Her cause of death was not provided by the medical examiner who confirmed the death for TMZ.

As first noted by Variety, news of Cashmyer’s death was first shared on the Facebook page of her father, Dennis M. Cashmyer.

“Last night I received a call no parent ever wants,” the post began.
“My oldest beloved daughter, Jordan has passed away, she was only 26 years old. Our hearts are truly broken. No parent should ever have to go through losing a child, EVER.
“Please keep my family in your thoughts prayers as we navigate through this terrible tragedy,” Cashmyer’s stepmother continued. “Please understand and respect our privacy at this time. We are surrounded by the love and support of our children, grand daughter Lyla and family members.”

MTV issued a brief statement.

“We are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Jordan Cashmyer,” they wrote on the “Teen Mom” Instagram page. “Our hearts go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.” 

Cashmyer’s untimely death follows that of Valerie Fairman, who also appeared on “16 and Pregnant.”

Fairman, who was 23 at the time, died of a suspected overdose in 2016, Us Weekly reported. She appeared on the second season of “16 and Pregnant” alongside “Teen Mom 2” stars like Jenelle Evans and Chelsea Houska.

“We are saddened by the news of Valerie Fairman’s passing,” MTV said in a statement at the time, per Us Weekly. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this time.”

A GoFundMe Campaign Was Launched in September 2021 for Cashmyer

Cashmyer appeared on “16 and Pregnant” with her boyfriend, Derek Taylor, in 2014. MTV documented the couple’s journey as they welcomed their first daughter, Evie. At that time, Cashmyer’s family didn’t like her relationship with Taylor. When it came time for Cashmyer to give birth to Evie, she and Taylor were homeless, as noted by TMZ.

Cashmyer temporarily relinquished her parental rights of Evie to Taylor’s mother the year after she gave birth, TMZ reported. At the time, the “16 and Pregnant” star was “struggling with mental health issues, addiction and had suicidal thoughts,” the outlet reported.

In 2017, Cashmyer, who was working at a strip club, was arrested for drug possession, according to TMZ.

Cashmyer’s death came just four months after her fiance, Michael Schaffer, died in September 2021, according to his obituary, which asked for donations to Cashmyer or the National Alliance on Mental Illness in lieu of flowers. Their daughter, Lyla, was born in June 2021, according to posts on Facebook by Cashmyer’s father.

Following Schaffer’s death, his sister launched a GoFundMe campaign to “help Jordan lay Mike to rest without having to worry about a financial burden.” The original goal was increased to “provide additional support to Michael’s daughter and partner while they navigate a path forward after this tragedy.”

Cashmyer Said Evie Was the ‘Best Blessing’

For her second birthday, Cashmyer penned a special message for her daughter.

“Happy 2nd Birthday to the best blessing I have ever been given,” the MTV star wrote at the beginning of the post. “You are growing up so fast & mommy doesn’t want to miss another moment of it.”

“I will spend the rest of my life trying to make up for my wrongs, princess,” she continued. “You mean more to me than anyone/anything in this world, could ever understand. The day you were born was the day I actually knew what love is, I will never be able to love another the way that I love you.”

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