How Did Melanie Rauscher Die? Cause of “Naked and Afraid” Star’s Death at 35 Explained

Melanie Rauscher, former Naked and Afraid star who appeared on two seasons of the series, passed away at a residence in Prescott, Arizona, where she was dog sitting. The reality tv star was 35 years old. Find out how did Melanie Rauscher die and what was the cause of her death.

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The adventurous woman’s body was found at the residence where she was dog sitting. The owners discovered her body in the guest room bed upon returning from the vacation. The dog was fine and there were several cans of compressed air present near the deceased.

Corey Kasun, a representative for the Prescott Police Department, confirmed the news to TMZ Sunday. Tributes have started pouring ever since the headline emerged. Rauscher’s co-star on the show, Jeremy McCaa also shared a heartfelt tribute.

What happened to Melanie Rauscher? How did she die?

As per the reports, Melanie Rauscher was dog sitting at a residence in Prescott, Arizona while the owners were on a vacation. On Sunday, July 17, 2022, the owners returned and found Rauscher’s dead body on the guestroom bed.

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The police also found several cans of compressed air, which is usually used to dust off computers and other electronics, near the dead body. It’s assumed that Melanie could have consumed the contents of the cans, leading to her demise.

There were no signs of foul play present at the scene, and police didn’t find a suicide note either. Rauscher’s body has been sent for autopsy and the Yavapai County Medical Examiner will present a report soon.

Fortunately, the dog that Rauscher was taking care of is fine and healthy.

What could be Melanie Rauscher’s cause of death?

Melanie Rauscher’s body was found last Sunday in a residence in Prescott. However, the cause of death wasn’t released immediately. The police are investigating if it was an accident, suicide, or homicide. The spray cans found near her body are suspected to have a role.

It’s speculated that Rauscher was using the cans to “get high” as some people do. They are generally used by younger people as they are cheaper and easier to find than regular drugs. When the contents are consumed, people may get a brain stroke or cardiac arrest.

The same could have happened with Rauscher if she consumed the contents knowingly or unknowingly. However, nothing is official at the moment. We’ll have to wait for the reports of the autopsy to know about Melania Rauscher’s actual cause of death.

Melanie Rauscher Early Life and “Naked & Afraid” Stint

Melanie Rauscher was born in 1987 in Philadelphia. She later moved to Virginia and eventually settled in Arizona in 2014. She always had an interest in adventures and exploration. In 2017, Rauscher rose to fame after appearing as a contestant on Discovery Channel’s survival show “Naked and Afraid.”

She appeared on Season 7 of the show and then appeared in the spin-off titled “Naked and Afraid XL” a year later. This was an all-star edition of the series where multiple known reality stars were present.

During her first stint in the jungle, Melanie partnered with Jeremy McCaa. She was able to survive in the jungle for 21 days without food, water, shelter, and clothes. Viewers enjoyed watching the two struggling in the forest.

Jeremy McCaa posts an emotional tribute for Melani Rauscher

Jeremy McCaa, Melanie’s partner on “Naked and Afraid” has posted an emotional tribute on Facebook remembering her ‘best friend’ and ‘swamp wife’. In the long post, he wrote:

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“She came into my life in a way I can’t explain. We had such a chemistry on the show and it blossomed into a friendship that goes beyond words could describe. Her laughter was one of a kind. Her friendship was amazing.”

“Even tho we wasn’t blood, we was family. I could always count on her. We had so many moments when we would just be there for each other. She was my swamp wife, a best friend, a strong woman, an amazing person and I’ll always cherish our moments together.”

“You’re gone to soon and taken from us to early. You’ll always be my Mel. I love you and I’ll see you again one day. The world lost an amazing person. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers. See you again my Queen.”

Jeremy’s heartfelt post has left the fans teary-eyed. He also posted some videos of Melanie fishing and doing other activities to pay tribute. It’s clearly visible how close the two reality TV stars were.

Our condolences go out to Melanie’s soul for the untimely demise. May God let her rest in peace.

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