Aussie reality star’s sudden death
Micah Downey, who starred in Channel 7's reality show Bride and Prejudice, passed away suddenly over the weekend, his ex-fiancee has revealed.
Milly Johnson, who appeared on the show with Downey when the pair were a couple, took to Instagram to share the news that the 26-year-old died on Saturday.
"It is so sad & unbelievably surreal that I am making this post," Johnson wrote under an image of Downey with a guitar.
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It is so sad & unbelievably surreal that I am making this post 😣 On the 28 December 2019 Micah Patrick Downey passed away. I am struggling to put into words how sad & heartbreaking this is 💔 I just hope he is at peace wherever he is & that he will always be watching over his babies 🙏🏼 A bad, bad dream. I can’t believe you’re not here. Rest In Peace Micah 💙
Johnson revealed that the father of two died on Saturday, December 28.
"I am struggling to put into words how sad and heartbreaking this is," Johnson continued.
"I just hope he is at peace wherever he is and that he will always be watching over his babies. A bad, bad dream. I can't believe you're not here. Rest in Peace Micah."
In a statement, Channel 7 said: "The team at Bride & Prejudice is devastated by the news of the loss of Micah Downey. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time."
Fellow participants from the show's most recent season, as well as previous season's also took to social media to share tributes to Downey.
"We love you so much, Milly," co-star Tori Ciseau said on Instagram.
"We will always be there for you no matter what you need. Micah will be watching over you and your boys, always remember that."
"Sorry for your loss," Seyat Abazovski, from the show's second season, commented. "Wish you all the best."
Downey and Johnson shared a son, Julian, with another baby on the way.
The couple appeared on the third season of the reality show in an attempt to convince Milly's mother to approve of their relationship, but made the decision to break up while filming.
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For those who tuned into last nights @BrideandPrejudiceAU episode and have gone out of their way to send me such kind supportive messages, thank you. 🙏🏼 I’m trying to get back to as many of you as possible. Leading up to the decision I made, I felt sick, heartache, deep sadness and then I just felt numb. Breaking up with someone is awful and also a very private moment. In our case it was done with many eyes on us on national television. Not easy. We had been on and off for sometime. I loved him. He is the father to my son and baby on the way 🤰🏻 It was such a hard decision to make not only breaking off the wedding but also breaking up with Micah for the last time. Everything I hoped and dreamed for just came crushing down 😔 Breaking up with someone is so hard especially when you have a child involved 💔 Please refrain yourselves from saying anything nasty to either one of us. Be mindful that mental trauma and illness does play a role so respect us all and keep your strong views or opinions to yourself. If you want to talk about it talk to your friends or family. Please don’t go out of your way to cause hurt to someone publicly on social media. It is a deeply sensitive topic and re-living it by watching the show has been hard enough. An emotional rollercoaster; beautiful moments, funny moments, upset, sadness and heartache. I am so very lucky I have beautiful friends and family that have supported me and also having the support from @channel7 @leanne_hall_therapist and members of the cast who have been very kind and mindful of how I could be feeling especially due to the fact I’m heavily pregnant. Yes that’s what you are reading. I am pregnant and I am happy! So please refrain from any judgemental, negative comments as in the end it’s not your life. Just be happy someone else is happy. I am so excited Julian gets to grow up with a sibling, as I grew up as an only child. 🙏🏼 I don’t regret going on @BrideandPrejudiceAU as it helped me make the hardest decision. So I’m so very grateful for the opportunity. #brideandprejudiceau #channel7 #realitytv #hope #love #communication #heartbroken #sadness #toxicrelationships #therapy
Johnson revealed on Instagram afterwards that the couple "rarely spoke" and that Downey had moved back to America.
"We had been on and off for sometime," Johnson told her 28,000 Instagram followers, addressing the split.
"I loved him. He is the father to my son and baby on the way. It was such a hard decision to make not only breaking off the wedding but also breaking up with Micah for the last time. Everything I hoped and dreamed for just came crashing down."
Downey's cause of death has not been revealed.