"Our love goes out to his family and husband Michael," said Judd Winnick, Sasser's friend and "Real World" costar, on Twitter Tuesday.
Sasser, who was working as a pastry chef at RIS Restaurant in Washington, D.C., was HIV positive but died of mesothelioma, a rare kind of lung cancer.
The reality star made a name for himself by holding a commitment ceremony with "Real World" costar Pedro Zamora, the first ever on national television and a decade before same-sex marriage became legal in the U.S. Zamora passed away from AIDS in 1994 at age 22.
Our friend Sean Sasser has died. Our love goes out to his family & husband Michael. We will miss u so much. pic.twitter.com/2WsaChdcAQ— Judd Winick. (@JuddWinick) August 8, 2013
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