Sean Sasser, who became an unlikely pioneer of gay marriage during the 1994 telecast of
Sasser, who was 44, suffered from a rare form of
"We will miss u so much," Judd Winick, one of Sasser's "Real World" costars, tweeted earlier this week.
Sasser gained prominence when he joined boyfriend Pedro Zamora in a commitment ceremony telecast on Nov. 3, 1994. Held at the "Real World" house, the event included the pair exchanging vows and wedding rings.
Zamora, who suffered from
The "Real World" episode introduced many young people to the idea of gay marriage and was telecast years before the issue attracted mainstream political attention. In 1996, a national poll found 68% of respondents opposed to gay marriage. By 2012, the figure had dropped to 48%.
Sasser, who was