Ashley McNeely, a Wyoming East football standout who went on to appear in reality TV programs, passed away on Thursday in Beckley. He was 35.
McNeely was a member of the Warriors 1999 state championship team and won the Hunt Award as the state’s best defensive player in 2000.
He went on to play college football at Marshall.
McNeely appeared in reality TV shows on MTV, including “A Shot at Love with Tia Taquila” and “That’s Amore.”
He took part in the crystal ball dropping cermeony at Times Square in 2004 along with Ryan Seacrest.
A memorial service will be held in his honor, but a date has not yet been announced.
A complete obituary will appear in a future issue.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.