“Real World” star Sean Sasser died from Mesothelioma , a rare form of cancer, confirmed his friend, Judd Winick on Twitter. Sasser an influential AIDS activist, was also HIV Positive. The rare form of lung cancer, Mesothelioma is believed to have weakened his immune system further as he already had HIV.
During the 90s, when the Real World – San Francisco, was aired on MTV, Sasser was known to be Pedro Zamora’s boyfriend. The US Weekly reports that their commitment ceremony was one of the first aired on national television, a good ten years before gay marriage was legalized in the US. Zamora passed away due to AIDS on November, 11, 1994 at the age of 22. Sean Sasser was working as a pastry head at RIS restaurant in Washington D.C at the time of his death.