Family, friends and fans are still in shock over the death of Project Runway designer Mychael Knight who passed away on Tuesday. As we reported, the 39-year-old was surrounded by loved ones during his last few moments and the case of death was not released.

Now, it’s be discovered that Knight shared his battle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) online, which put him in constant pain. “This year has really taken a toll on my health… badly,” Knight reportedly said in a social media post. “In short, IBS is a gastro-intestinal disorder in which the food I eat, my body doesn’t absorb (malabsorption) the nutrients from what I eat.”

Despite his sickness, TODAY reports that IBS isn’t likely the direct cause of his death and that Knight’s family still doesn’t know the cause of his demise.

“My deepest condolences on the passing of Mycheal Knight,” The Real Housewives Of Atlanta star Sheree Whitfield —one of Knight’s celebrity clients— told ESSENCE. “He distinguished himself among his peers as one of the best students of the fashion world. With much enthusiasm for the art of fashion, he will continue to live on through all he touched. Mycheal will be greatly missed.”

Similar sentiments came from comedian, Sherri Shepherd who was recently working on a clothing line with the talent.

“Through tears I write this… my heart is pounding with sadness,” Shepherd told ESSENCE. “Mychael was like my little brother —he had a beautiful spirit and he made whomever he styled feel like a million bucks. I always left Mychael feeling like a princess. He knew how to bring out the best in my features and showed me how to shimmy and suck it in while simultaneously smiling.”

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