As you just saw, one of the characters from True Life: I Don't Trust My Partner died during the filming process. Here, one of the show's producers shares his reaction to the sad news and explains how Shawny impacted his life.
The morning I got word Shawny passed away, I was in utter shock. I hung up the phone in my car, pulled over to the side of the road and sat in silence for a few minutes. He was someone I had grown very close to over the two months of filming. We spoke on the phone almost every day and I was fond of our chats. Most of the time we talked about things other than the show (i.e. how Shawny loved video games and wanted to be a product tester for Guitar Hero).
Watching footage of my hours spent with someone no longer around to answer my calls -- or talk future goals with -- is difficult. But, in the end, I was happy for being able to meet a person who made me look at the world a little differently.