Ashley Sawyer, ‘Catfish’ Alum, Dies at 23

Sawyer appeared on Season 2 of the MTV show

Last Updated: May 2, 2016 @ 6:06 PM

Ashley Sawyer, who appeared on Season 2 of MTV’s “Catfish” has died at age 23. The cause of death is unknown.

“MTV is deeply saddened to learn that Ashley Sawyer has passed away,” the network said in a statement Monday. “Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.”

Tragically, Sawyer appeared on the same episode of  Michael Fortunato, who died from a pulmonary embolism at the age of 26, a month after their installment aired.

Sawyer, who was originally from Georgia but passed away in Alabama, appeared on a 2013 installment of the docu-series after she contacted host Max Joseph and his partner Nev about finally meeting her longtime digital companion, according to MTV News.

When the two — who both used altered images of themselves after striking up a conversation in an online chat room — interacted in the flesh, they were unsure of how to proceed with their relationship.

Sawyer had recently completed a program at a sober-living facility after struggling with addiction and was currently residing in her own apartment in Alabama while working at Panera, her sister Jessica Ross told MTV News.


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