by pat howard

REALITY | ‘Blush’ mystery haunts finale

In Lifetime, Mysteries, Reality TV on December 17, 2008 at 10:40 pm

I’ve read more about Lifetime’s reality series Blush in the last few days than I did in the entire time it’s been in production or on the air. Described as “Project Runway for makeup artists,” the show concluded last night.

Thus, the news today that one of its three finalists died of unknown causes over the weekend is eerie. Given all the dangerous things reality contestants undertake (bungee jumping, stunts, fake weddings), it’s a little surprising that the genre boasts relatively few casualties after nearly a decade of prominence. But Blush would seem to rate pretty low on the danger scale, and Todd Homme’s death occured well after production wrapped.

The only other reality show death I can recall is NBC’s Contender suicide a few years back. The Newsday article suggests that Homme and his partner were happy and planned to relocate to Los Angeles soon. Natural causes (or perhaps an undetected malady) are a possibility, but Homme was the same age as me — 23. Natural causes are usually pretty low on the cause of death list for twentysomethings. It’s not unheard of, just unsettling.

No word on when a cause of death will be determined.

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