Jordan Cashmyer, whose struggles as a teenage homeless mother were detailed by MTV, died in Maryland at 26. His death was confirmed by his mother in a Facebook post. No cause was given by a medical examiner cited in numerous reports.
MTV aired its 16 and pregnant segment on Cashmyer and her boyfriend Derek Taylor in 2014. She had been disowned by her family, who did not approve of the relationship, and the duo became homeless when Taylor could not find employment. She eventually gave birth to a daughter, Evie.
The two broke up after filming for the show ended, but the struggles continued. Cashmyer’s father passed away, and ultimately Jordan Cashmyer temporarily ceded custody rights in 2015 to her boyfriend Derek’s mother.
“Last night I got a call that no parent ever wants,” mother Jessica Cashmyer said, posting on her husband’s Facebook page. “My beloved eldest daughter, Jordan passed away, she was only 26. Our hearts are truly broken. No parent should have to experience the loss of a child, EVER.
Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers as we navigate this terrible tragedy. Please understand and respect our privacy at this time. We are surrounded by the love and support of our children, our granddaughter Lyla and our family members.
In 2017, Jordan Cashmyer was arrested for drug possession. She used to work at a strip club, but was apparently committed to healing, celebrating one year of sobriety in January 2021.
16 and pregnant ran for six seasons on MTV starting in 2009. It spawned several spin-offs, including Teen mom, Teen mom 2, Teen mom: young and pregnant, Teen mom 3, and 16 years and recovery.