'Real World' star Sean Sasser dies at 44

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By Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

He was an early Real World cast member and AIDS activist.

Sean Sasser, whose marriage to fellow Real World star Pedro Zamora was considered a landmark moment in TV history and pre-dated legal marriages in California by nearly a decade, has died. He was 44.

Judd Winick, who also appeared on The Real World: San Francisco, mentioned the news on Twitter, writing, "Our friend Sean Sasser has died. Our love goes out to his family & husband Michael. We will miss u so much."

Zamora died in 1994, hours after the season finale aired, says MTV. Sasser, who was also HIV-positive, went on to work for political and social organizations and become a well-known AIDS activist, says MTV.

According to his life partner, Michael Kaplan, Sasser died of mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lungs. According to Queerty, Sasser was living in Washington and working as a pastry chef.

USA TODAY

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