Real World star dies: Sean Sasser dead at 44

Real World star Sean Sasser dies of cancer, announced his friend Judd Winick via social media earlier this week. He was 44 years old.

Sean Sasser

The actor, who became AIDS activist and pastry chef after he was introduced on MTV’s “The Real World: San Francisco,” died of mesothelioma, a rare form of lung cancer that was diagnosed last July.

Sasser, who had been HIV positive for 25 years, died in a Washington home he shared with his longtime partner, Michael Kaplan.

Sasser became a household name after he started dating and entered into a relationship with the late Pedro Zamora in 1994 during their show’s third season. They exchanged vows in a commitment ceremony, a first in the history of US television.

He worked for AIDS United, a non-profit group headed by Kaplan, and a restaurant called Ris where he shared his expertise with pastries.