Love After Lockup reality star Tracie Wagaman died from an "accidental meth overdose" one week after giving birth to her daughter, according to a new report.
The 41-year-old gave birth to a baby girl after struggling with years of addiction, her brother, Mark Wagaman previously told the outlet. “She’s had a habit for quite a while, half her life. It’s been 20 years on and off," he candidly said, pointing out that she's also "had a history of jail and prison."
"When you get out you go back to it. We’ve tried to help her," the grieving brother insisted. The siblings had been estranged at the time of the late reality star's death, Mark revealed, as they hadn't spoken in over a year.
Nevertheless, Mark declared: "She was my sister, I still loved her.”
Mark learned his sister died from the police. "They told me she passed away the night before in Las Vegas," he shared of the call he received from the authorities. "I was the first person contacted." Mark then told their mom of the heartbreaking news. "She’s handling it as a mom should," he said, noting: "We have so many questions we need answered.”
Despite Tracie battling her demons for years — as she was very open about her struggle with drugs — Mark previously urged fans "not to speculate" about how she died until the coroner was able to confirm her cause of death.
Mark later revealed her cause of death on YouTube channel Sharrell's World, posted Monday, August 16. He also created a GoFundMe page to help pay for her funeral arrangements. Mark had a goal of $5,000 and said the family would use any additional earnings to create a "savings account for her son and if at all possible her daughter."
He also said on the GoFundMe page that the family wanted to "donate the remainder of the money to a domestic violence organization that will be named later."
"Our family is deeply saddened with our loss. We know she had many friends and followers who were pulling for her," he wrote on the campaign page. While recalling some of their childhood memories, Tracie's older brother said she "was always that annoying younger sibling."
"I remember her dressing up our dogs growing up and thinking she was crazy," Mark fondly remembered. He praised her for being athletic, confessing she was "always faster than me." Mark said the two grew really close after high school, and he even took Tracie on her first trip to Mexico.
"She had a heart of gold," he said while praising the mother-of-two for her kindness. "I had some medical issues a few years back and wasn't able to work. She gave me $500 so I could catch up on bills," he wrote. "If you had the chance to meet her I guarantee she would consider you a friend."
He lovingly concluded: "She was such a people person."
The Love After Lockup star had a 4-year-old son, named Isaac, and announced in May that she was pregnant with baby No. 2. She delayed sharing the exciting news because, according to Starcasm, she wanted to wait for the baby's dad, Luke Leora, to be released from jail. Tracie gave birth to her baby girl on Friday, June 25.