10/03/1997 AT 12:00 AM EDT
Michael Cuccione, one of the stars of MTV's boy-band spoof series "2gether" (he played Jason "Q.T." McKnight, a character who suffered a fictional disease), died of complications from respiratory failure on Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. His death comes just eight days after his 16th birthday. According to MTV, Cuccione, a Hodgkin's disease survivor who was diagnosed as cancer-free, had his breathing affected by his chemotherapy treatments and was not able to appear in the most recent episodes of the show. During his all-too-brief life, Cuccione established a cancer research foundation, co-authored a book with his grandmother and played a cancer victim on "Baywatch."