Mychael Knight, &#zero39;Challenge Runway&#zero39; Fashion Designer, Dies at 39 – NBCNews.com

Georgia dressmaker Mychael Knight, who was a finalist on the favored TV competitors present "Challenge Runway," died Tuesday at age 39.

Knight died exterior Atlanta surrounded by household and buddies, mentioned buddy Jerris Madison, the editor and photographer of Apparent Journal, a style, life-style and cultural publication.

An official reason for loss of life has not been launched, however Knight had extensively shared his 5-yr struggles with irritable bowel syndrome, writing in now-deleted Fb posts that he suffered persistent stomach ache, a "leaky intestine," excessive fatigue and exhaustion.

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Former "Challenge Runway" finalist, dressmaker Mychael Knight, handed away on Tuesday in Georgia after battling intestinal points. He was 39 years outdated. Moses Robinson / Getty Photographs

"He was progressive, unapologetic, sort and giving," Madison mentioned of Knight. "He made certain that anyone who was in his core circle, his household, his buddies, did not must need for something. He was simply a tremendous man."

Knight appeared on Season three of "Challenge Runway," which aired on Bravo, ending fourth that yr. He returned for "Challenge Runway All-Stars," ending eighth on the present that now airs on the Lifetime community.

"We're saddened to listen to concerning the passing of a member of the Challenge Runway household," mentioned Lifetime spokeswoman Dee Perez in a press release. "It is a lack of an ideal expertise and we want his household peace and solace throughout this troublesome time."

Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, however graduated from Washingtonville Senior Excessive Faculty in Washingtonville, New York, in 1996. Later that very same yr, he started his freshman yr of school at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia. In 2001, he earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in attire design and merchandising.

After finishing his undergraduate research, Knight broke into the style business in Atlanta by working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in 2001 earlier than turning into a style stylist within the music business in 2002.

In 2006, Knight turned a contestant for "Challenge Runway," and went on to win that season's fan favourite award. The subsequent yr, he launched his label, Mychael Knight, on BET's "Rip the Runway" and he designed a line of customized tees for the Starbucks Corp.

In 2008, Knight launched Kitty & Dick, his lingerie label for women and men, and his unisex perfume, MajK.

Madison mentioned "Challenge Runway" undoubtedly helped increase Knight's model, which caught the attention of celebrities like Toni Braxton, Sheri Shepard and Eva Marcille, who in the end turned his shoppers.

"His identify was nonetheless on individuals's minds," Madison mentioned. "The business may be very aggressive, however he continued to do it his method."

Madison mentioned Knight, who had been dwelling in Los Angeles, was all the time sharp and stylish in his private type and that carried over into his collections.

"He died doing what he liked," Madison mentioned. "And you'll see that in his remaining assortment introduced (final month) at New York Fashion Week. It was superb. The business has misplaced a real innovator. Mychael was simply attending to that time the place individuals had been saying 'Hey, I keep in mind this man.' He was about to be enormous and actually wished to capitalize on inexpensive sportswear for ladies of all sizes."

Along with his dad and mom, Michael Sr. and Pamela Knight, Knight is survived by two sisters.

"Mychael meant every part to us and we liked him dearly. He was beneficiant and so energetic. That is how we select to recollect his legacy," the household mentioned in a press release.

Funeral preparations had been pending.

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Mychael Knight, &#zero39;Undertaking Runway&#zero39; Fashion Designer, Dies at 39 – NBCNews.com

Georgia clothier Mychael Knight, who was a finalist on the favored TV competitors present "Undertaking Runway," died Tuesday at age 39.

Knight died outdoors Atlanta surrounded by household and pals, mentioned pal Jerris Madison, the editor and photographer of Apparent Journal, a style, way of life and cultural publication.

An official reason behind dying has not been launched, however Knight had extensively shared his 5-12 months struggles with irritable bowel syndrome, writing in now-deleted Fb posts that he suffered power belly ache, a "leaky intestine," excessive fatigue and exhaustion.

Image: FILE: Fashion Designer Mychael Knight Dies At 39

Former "Undertaking Runway" finalist, clothier Mychael Knight, handed away on Tuesday in Georgia after battling intestinal points. He was 39 years previous. Moses Robinson / Getty Photographs

"He was modern, unapologetic, type and giving," Madison mentioned of Knight. "He made positive that anyone who was in his core circle, his household, his pals, did not need to need for something. He was simply an incredible man."

Knight appeared on Season three of "Undertaking Runway," which aired on Bravo, ending fourth that 12 months. He returned for "Undertaking Runway All-Stars," ending eighth on the present that now airs on the Lifetime community.

"We're saddened to listen to in regards to the passing of a member of the Undertaking Runway household," mentioned Lifetime spokeswoman Dee Perez in an announcement. "It is a lack of an amazing expertise and we want his household peace and solace throughout this tough time."

Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, however graduated from Washingtonville Senior Excessive Faculty in Washingtonville, New York, in 1996. Later that very same 12 months, he started his freshman 12 months of faculty at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, Georgia. In 2001, he earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in attire design and merchandising.

After finishing his undergraduate research, Knight broke into the style trade in Atlanta by working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in 2001 earlier than changing into a style stylist within the music trade in 2002.

In 2006, Knight turned a contestant for "Undertaking Runway," and went on to win that season's fan favourite award. The subsequent 12 months, he launched his label, Mychael Knight, on BET's "Rip the Runway" and he designed a line of customized tees for the Starbucks Corp.

In 2008, Knight launched Kitty & Dick, his lingerie label for women and men, and his unisex perfume, MajK.

Madison mentioned "Undertaking Runway" positively helped broaden Knight's model, which caught the attention of celebrities like Toni Braxton, Sheri Shepard and Eva Marcille, who finally turned his purchasers.

"His title was nonetheless on individuals's minds," Madison mentioned. "The trade may be very aggressive, however he continued to do it his method."

Madison mentioned Knight, who had been residing in Los Angeles, was at all times sharp and stylish in his private type and that carried over into his collections.

"He died doing what he beloved," Madison mentioned. "And you'll see that in his closing assortment offered (final month) at New York Fashion Week. It was superb. The trade has misplaced a real innovator. Mychael was simply attending to that time the place individuals had been saying 'Hey, I bear in mind this man.' He was about to be large and actually needed to capitalize on reasonably priced sportswear for ladies of all sizes."

Along with his mother and father, Michael Sr. and Pamela Knight, Knight is survived by two sisters.

"Mychael meant all the pieces to us and we beloved him dearly. He was beneficiant and so lively. That is how we select to recollect his legacy," the household mentioned in an announcement.

Funeral preparations had been pending.

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