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Monday, June 18, 2007

Frankie Abernathy, castmember of 'The Real World: San Diego', passed away last week

News that has hit fans hard this past week, The Real World: San Diego's Frankie Abernathy died Saturday, June 9. She was only 25.

Frankie had moved to Shorewood, Wisconsin to be with her mother, when the disease she was living with, cystic fibrosis, had gotten progressively worse. Frankie passed away Saturday night in her mother's home after a rough patch with the disease.

Since last Saturday, internet communities and Real World fans have been taken aback by the news. Frankie, who left the show early because she reportedly said that it wasn't for her, was a fan favorite because she stood out for her unique style and personality.

Services were held this past weekend in Blue Springs, Missouri, and a scholarship fund has been established in Frankie's name at Blue Springs High School, Frankie's alma mater. In lieu of flowers, fans can send donations to the Frankie Abernathy Scholarship Fund, c/o Jackie Langston, 1205 NW Roanoke Drive, Blue Springs, MO, 64015.

The following is a list of links to major stories about Frankie and provides a pretty complete view of the events of the past week.

Our prayers and condolences are with Frankie's family, her mother Abbie, her father Joe, her stepfather Perry, her sister Mamie, and her many friends.

MTV announces Frankie's death
MTV explains Cystic Fibrosis

MSNBC announces Frankie's death
People Magazine announces Frankie's death
TMZ announces Frankie's death
Variety announces Frankie's death

The Kansas City Star announces Frankie's death
The Kansas City Star covers Frankie's funeral
The Kansas City Star profile of Frankie after she left the show
Leave your condolences for Frankie

Jacquese, Jamie, and Cameran respond to Frankie's death
MM Agency tells cast about Frankie's death
Wes and Dan react to Frankie's death

Frankie's MySpace

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is so sad! sometimes viewers forget that the people on the real world are actually REAL! so it's a shocking tragedy to hear that a cast member has past away. I wish the best of luck to Frankie's family and friends.

Anonymous said...

its such a sad thing, I LOVED SAN DIEGO AND THE CAST, in my opinion, it was the best so its saddens me to hear that someone from my favorite season passed. Hopefully they will show the season in tribute to frankie and her great personality! RIP FRANKIE

Anonymous said...

HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I LOVED HER AND STLL DO !!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think that it's only right that they play a Real World: San Diego marathon in memory of her.

I know that I never got to see that season and I really want to.

Anonymous said...

Her sisters name is MAMIE not Marnie.

Anonymous said...

aaaah the blog is always fucking up

RIP Frankie

Anonymous said...

I never saw San Diego either!! one of the few I didn't see. What are the odds they will show it??

Anonymous said...

well that might play it before Sydney first airs... before Denver airred there was a poll on which season people wanted to see, San Diego was on the list.. even though they played Las Vegas, and I have no idea why because it's on DVD

Anonymous said...

omg you guys dont know what your missing, san diego was amazing..it had the best cast ever!! i really hope they show it in memory of her!

Anonymous said...

Did everyone hear that Coral just came out as gay. Funny didnt see that one coming..lol

Anonymous said...

"ven though they played Las Vegas, and I have no idea why because it's on DVD"

it's pretty obvious--to get viewers up to date before REUNITED airs.

Anonymous said...

reunited i doubt was even thought of when denver started, so i dont think it was for that reason

Anonymous said...

I hope Frankie has some peace now.

Anonymous said...

Ya they definately should play the Real World San Diego on MTV in honor of Frankie. That was a great season! It was one of my favorites.

Anonymous said...

this is such terrible news. frankie was definitely an inspiration to millions. she will be missed dearly.

Anonymous said...

i heard about this on TRl its so sad i wanted to cry. rest in peace frankie

Anonymous said...

Frankie was an inspiration? She sucked. I feel bad that she is dead but lets not confuse facts - she was an absolute suck in the house and did little to help her cause.

Elliott said...

RIP Frankie. You were my favourite cast member on my favourite season, and I will miss you terribly. I suffered from a cutting, and after you do it on The Real World, I slowly got myself to stop doing it.

RIP.