Frankie Abernathy, who died last weekend at 25, was one of three Kansas City area residents to appear on MTV's "The Real World." In recent years, though, each of them was living elsewhere.
Abernathy, a star of "Real World: San Diego," had moved to the Milwaukee area last fall with her family. Reaction to her death from KC's other two "Real World" alumni:
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WES BERGMANN, "Real World: Austin" (2005): "I had not met her, but always wanted to. Even though Frankie, Dan and I could not have been more different from one another, I felt like all three of us had an unspoken connection. 'Real World' fans from Kansas City know who their representatives are, and whenever I come home they don't let me forget it.
"From everything I know about life and television now, I would never try to venture a guess as to what Frankie was like in her (own real) world, from what I saw on (TV). Nevertheless, I remember her as a vibrant, well-spoken and intelligent representative of my hometown of Kansas City. I wish her family and friends the best of luck. I know that they are as proud of her as my family and friends are of me."
DAN RENZI, "Real World: Miami" (1996): "I never met her ... but it's still very sad to hear."
A memorial service for Abernathy will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Webb-Freer Funeral Home in Blue Springs. Her body was to be cremated.
Her family didn't hold a service in Wisconsin because they know so few people there, her mother, Abbie Hunter, said.
Abernathy, who left the San Diego "RW" house before filming wrapped in the fall of 2003, apparently hadn't been in contact with castmates.
"It's been a reality check for all of us that we need to keep in touch, because you never know what's going to happen," cast member Jamie Chung told MTV News.
"We're all going to miss her and are shaken up by this."
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