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08/08/2013 03:02 pm ET Updated Aug 08, 2013

Sean Sasser Dead: 'Real World' Star Dies Of Cancer At Age 44

Sad news for the MTV family.

Sasser, who was HIV positve, was also an influential AIDS activist. He died of a rare form of lung cancer called mesothelioma, his partner Michael Kaplan told Queerty. No other information was released immediately about Sasser's medical condition, but mesothelioma has been linked to a weakened immune system in some people with AIDS.

Sasser was best known as Pedro Zamora's boyfriend on "The Real World: San Francisco," which aired on MTV in the early 1990s. According to Us Weekly, their commitment ceremony was one of the first ever shown on national television and was done a decade before gay marriage was legalized in the U.S. Zamora died of AIDS at the age of 22 on Nov. 11, 1994.

Sasser was working as a pastry chef at RIS restaurant in Washington, D.C. at the time of his death.

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