The unexpected death of True Life star Charlie Balducci

MTV True Life's Charlie Balducci sadly passed away at the age of only 44 years old, as reported by TMZ. The details are currently still unfolding, but according to law enforcement officials, the reality star was found unresponsive in his bed on July 25, 2020. Tragically, Balducci was pronounced dead at the scene. The New York City Medical Examiner's Office told Page Six that his cause of death is still pending.

Balducci's mother spoke with TMZ and disclosed that his passing was sudden and unexpected, as he was not battling any kind of sickness. Balducci leaves behind a wife, Sabrina, who MTV fans may recognize from their 2002 episode of True Life. The couple had two sons together, ages 17 and 19. According to Balducci's mother, the last words her son spoke to her were about how happy he was to have them in his life. 

Keep reading to learn more about Balducci and how he first made a name for himself on reality television.

Charlie Balducci went viral for being a groomzilla

Charlie Balducci is probably best remembered for appearing on MTV's True Life episode titled "I'm Getting Married." Per Daily Mail, on the day of the wedding, Balducci was alerted that the limo driver responsible for dropping him off at the church was running an hour late. In a fit of rage, the groom called the limo driver and unloaded an expletive-filled rant: "Besides the fact that it's my f**king wedding, I'll f**king cut you... I will gut you like the f**king piece of s**t that you are, do you understand? Don't you f**king dare come after me like that on my f**king wedding, 'cause I'll hunt you down like f**king cattle and I'll gut you, do you understand?" In the end, Balducci ended up being not only one, but two hours late to his very own wedding.

Later in an interview with ABC's 20/20 in 2013, the self-proclaimed pioneer of reality TV explained his angst and why he was so hell-bent on not being late to his wedding. According to Balducci, the priest officiating their wedding took him aside a few days prior and warned him to not be late. But it appeared that Balducci had zero regrets about his wedding day meltdown. "In defense of myself, I really did what any Staten Islander would have done in that situation," he professed.

Our deepest condolences go out to Balducci's family and friends as they mourn this tragic loss.