01/23/2014 03:58 pm ET

'The Real World': Jay Learns His Mother Died

In easily one of the saddest sequences of events in the history of "The Real World," Jay's address book was ripped up. When he realized it was gone, he also realized he couldn't remember his parents' phone number. He wanted to call home to check in with his mother. She was the one who urged him to audition for "The Real World," despite the fact that she was battling cancer.

Jay knew his mother was going in for surgery, but he had no way of seeing how it went until his dad called the house. "She didn’t make it," his dad told him. "She didn’t make it. She passed.” Jay couldn't believe what he was hearing. "No, you're lying to me," he insisted. "I wish I was," his dad said.

It had been only two weeks since Jay hugged his mother goodbye. "That was definitely the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten in my life," Jay told MTV after the episode aired. He went on to say that his new roommates were there for him in that moment. "We’re so different, yet every one of them was just there to give me a hug," he said. "I would have been lost without my roommates.'

During the episode, Jay took to Twitter to urge viewers to support breast cancer research through his page, or by purchasing awareness products.

"The Real World: Ex-Plosion" airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. EST on MTV.

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