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