Chris Carney, a former MTV reality star, the husband of Disney actress Tiffany Thornton and the son of the mayor of Hot Springs, died in a car crash on Friday morning in Arkansas. He was 35.
The single-vehicle crash occurred on Highway 70, which has seen 12 deaths since November 2014, in Hot Springs, Ark., just before 2 a.m., local news station KTHV reports.
Both Carney and the driver, 37-year-old Ezekiel Blanton, were pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle slammed into a tree after failing to navigate a curve.
Carney, the former lead singer of the band The Prom Kings, was featured in the 2006 MTV reality show “twentyfourseven” alongside his younger brother when they moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.
Thornton toplined “Sonny With a Chance” and is currently a radio personality on Hot Springs’ KLAZ 105.9.
“Tiffany will always be a member of the Disney family and our thoughts and prayers are with her and her children at this difficult time,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said.
KLAZ posted a statement on Facebook.
“Our hearts are breaking at KLAZ and Noalmark Broadcasting. Our Tiffany Thornton’s husband died in an auto crash last night. Please send up your prayers for Tiffany and her family. She is loved by us and our many listeners.”
The Hot Springs city board also released a statement.
“The City of Hot Springs Board of Directors, staff and employees extend their heartfelt sympathy to Mayor Ruth Carney, Rev. Ken Carney, Tiffany Thornton Carney and the entire family upon the death of Chris Carney in a car accident which occurred early this morning. Please keep the Carney family in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”
MTV did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Carney is survived by Thornton, who he wed in 2011, and their two children.