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Former 'Catfish' star Michael Fortunato dead at 26 from pulmonary embolism

UPI News Service, 10/16/2013 

Michael Fortunato, a cast member of the reality series "Catfish," has died from a pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis in Hartford, Conn., MTV said.

He was 26.

Fortunato died while driving himself to the hospital. His car swerved off the road and hit a fence, MTV said.

He enjoyed brief celebrity in the second season of the show when he was seen meeting his girlfriend Ashley Sawyer for the first time face-to-face after having a seven-year relationship online, said.

"I didn't know him well, but feel lucky to have known him at all. A great guy & even better friend. He will be missed," "Catfish" host Nev Schulman tweeted Tuesday.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Michael Fortunato," MTV said in a statement. "Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."

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