Missouri "Real World" Participant Dies at 25

1 decade 11 months 6 days ago Thursday, June 14 2007 Jun 14, 2007 Thursday, June 14, 2007 10:10:27 AM CDT June 14, 2007 in News
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BLUE SPRINGS (AP) - A Missouri native who was a housemate on MTV's "The Real World" has died at age 25. Frankie Abernathy grew up in Blue Springs, and her family moved to Wisconsin last fall. Abernathy had the lung disease cystic fibrosis, and was known on the program's 2004 San Diego season for her 17 tattoos and the same number of piercings. She dealt with emotional pain by cutting herself, and had a fear of big boats. She died at her parents' home in Wisconsin last Saturday. The medical examiner's office said the cause of death is pending autopsy and toxicology test results. Abernathy's health had been deteriorating over the past year. A memorial service is Saturday in Blue Springs.

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