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Former 'Pirate Master' contestant Cheryl Kosewicz found dead

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    82821016

    [1]Jul 30, 2007
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    Former 'Pirate Master' contestant Cheryl Kosewicz found dead in home


    By Steve Rogers, 07/29/2007

    Former Pirate Master contestant Cheryl Kosewicz was found dead in her home from an apparent suicide on Friday.

    Kosewicz, a 35-year-old deputy district attorney that had recently relocated to Sparks, NV, had been thefourth contestant eliminated from the recently canceled CBS reality series. Prior to moving to the Washoe County District Attorney's Office in Reno, NV, Kosewicz had spent six and a half years working in the Clark County District Attorney's Office in Las Vegas. According to her CBS biographical information, she had specialized in the prosecution of sexual abuse cases.

    Kosewicz's death, which is still under investigation, occurred less than two months after her boyfriend, Ryan O'Neil, also took his own life, Reno's KOLO-TV ABC affiliate reported Sunday.

    O'Neil, a 26-year-old heavy equipment operator from Gardnerville, NV, died on June 12, according to a June 15 obituary in The Nevada Appeal. Based on comments posted via her myspace.com account, Kosewicz had been having a very difficult time coping with O'Neil's death.

    "Truthfully, I've lost the strong Cheryl and I'm just floating around lost," Kosewicz wrote in a June 28 comment posted on the myspace.com webpage of fellow Pirate Master contestant Nessa Nemir, a 29-year-old make-up artist from Berkeley, CA. "And this frik'n show doesn't help because it was such a contention between Ryan and I and plus its not getting good reviews."

    Kosewicz had graduated as valedictorian from Lake Roosevelt High School in Coulee Dam, WA in 1990. After high school, she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she played on the school's Lady Rebels womens basketball team. She graduated from UNLV in 1994. In 2000, Kosewicz received a law degree from Lewis and Clark School of Law.

    Kosewicz is survived by her parents Ted M. and Elizabeth Ann, her brother Mike, her grandmother Wenona Ried, and extended family and friends.

    Kosewicz's funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday at 10AM at Walton Funeral Home inReno. An interment will follow in Las Vegas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Kosewicz's family requests that donations be made to Kids Kottage, a Washoe County protective shelter program for children that have been removed from their families. Donations can be sent to: Washoe County Social Services, P O Box 11130, Reno, NV 89520.

    Last Monday, CBS announced that due to poor ratings, it had decided to pull Pirate Master, a Mark Burnett-created reality competition show that was filmed on Dominica earlier this year, from its summer primetime programming schedule effective immediately.

    Rather thancontinuing to air in the Tuesday night time period that the show had move to earlier this month, Pirate Master's five remaining episodes --beginning with the episode that had been scheduled to air last Tuesday --will now made available for streaming on CBS.com every Tuesday morning beginning at 3AM ET.

    Should Kosewicz's death be conclusively ruled a suicide, it will be the second to hit a Mark Burnett reality show. In 2005, Najai 'Nitro' Turpin, a 23-year-old boxer from Philadelphia, PA, fatally shot himself following an early morning Valentine's Day argument with Angela Chapple, his longtime girlfriend. According to Chapple, the couple had been arguing over custody of their 2-year-old daughter.

    Turpin's death camea monthbefore The Contender, a Burnett-produced reality boxing series thathad filmed in late 2004 and included Turpin among its cast, premiered in March 2005. Like Kosewicz's Pirate Master elimination, Turpin's The Contender elimination occurred during the show's fourth episode.

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    codegashdragon

    [2]Jul 30, 2007
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    Um, that pretty much sucks.
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    SoylentYellow

    [3]Jul 30, 2007
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    She definitely had issues that went way beyond this show and the suicide of her boyfriend. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Its a shame when people take their own lives for whatever reason.

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    royboycrashfan

    [4]Jul 31, 2007
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    ^Completely right.

    Is it so hard to work out that you have to take your own life?
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    Trisetta

    [5]Jul 31, 2007
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    royboycrashfan wrote:
    ^Completely right. Is it so hard to work out that you have to take your own life?

    While I'm not advocating suicide, the fact is that most people that question it don't understand depression. Everybody is depressed from time to time, but if you're life is completely shrouded in depression it's hard to continue going on. Suicide sucks, but at the same time when you're at the lowest moment it's hard to hear somebody say "is it so hard to work out what you have". That just comes off as simplistic and maybe even a little naive.

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    silverwraith720

    [6]Aug 4, 2007
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    i have to agree with both of you, i've struggled with mild depression before and it comes and goes on an irregular basis, but i've worked through it, and though i realize now that i never would do it, the thought of suicide had crossed my mind before, i don't think there really is any way to fully justify or understand it, but there's a quote that i think definitly fits the situation from "Speak Easy" by 311 "If there's a shadow in your life then there's sunshine" basically, not everything can be wrong all the time, unfortunately cheryl was unable to see that, hopefully now she can rest in pecae
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    Synetech

    [7]Sep 1, 2007
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    She even helped with the grand prize and scored and extra $25,000 before she left.
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    royboycrashfan

    [8]Sep 3, 2007
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    I'm sure her family has made good use of that money.
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    Synetech

    [9]Sep 10, 2007
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    royboycrashfan wrote:
    I'm sure her family has made good use of that money.


    Yeah, funeral expenses.
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