Reality producer Denise Cramsey has died, according to friends and colleagues

Former Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition executive producer and showrunner Denise Cramsey has died, according to messages posted on Facebook and Twitter. Most recently, she produced Jeff Probst’s reality series pilot Life for the Moment; NBC’s School Pride, which concludes this Friday; and ABC’s True Beauty.

Posts on Facebook and messages on Twitter written by friends and colleagues say she died yesterday, Tuesday. Many people have posted messages on her Facebook wall about her death, while actor Marlee Matlin, who appeared on the ABC makeover show, wrote on Twitter, “So sad to hear of the passing of Denise Cramsey. She produced Extreme Makeover Home Edition. A lovely lady. Prayers for her family. RIP.”

A contractor who did work on Extreme Makeover wrote on Twitter that the cause of death was a “Brain Aneurism,” and says she was 41.

Denise’s bio on the web site for Expedition Inspiration, a documentary “about taking your body back from breast cancer,” said the film will be her first documentary feature.

Update: Via Deadline comes a statement that Denise’s agency released that gives more details:

“It is with tremendous sadness that the immediate and extended family of Denise Cramsey is confirming her death yesterday due to a brain aneurysm suffered in the morning. At Denise’s side were her fiancé Scott, best friend Risa and brother Billy. Continuing the spirit of charity and kindness that embodied Denise, her organs will be donated. We thank everybody for their thoughts and prayers and words cannot express our sadness with the loss of Denise.”

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Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

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