04:15 PM EDT 10/21/2013

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The Real World's Sean Sasser Dies

Sean Sasser, of The Real World, Dies at 44

Originally posted 08/08/2013 12:05PM

Sean Sasser, an AIDS activist and The Real World cast member, has died, his friend and fellow cast member, Judd Winick, announced via Twitter Tuesday night. He was 44.

"Our friend Sean Sasser has died. Our love goes out to his family & husband Michael. We will miss u so much," Winick Tweeted.

Sasser, who was HIV positive, died of mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lungs, according to his life partner, Michael Kaplan, Dan Renzi of Queerty, reports.

Sasser became known in the early 1990s for his relationship with Pedro Zamora, who starred on The Real World: San Francisco. Their commitment ceremony was one of the first ever televised prior to Zamora's death in 1994.

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