'Catfish' Star Michael Fortunato Dies at 26: His Sister & Nev Schulman React


On Saturday night, Catfish star Michael Fortunato died of a pulmonary embolism. Fortunato had appeared on a September episode of MTV's Catfish, with his online girlfriend Ashley Sawyer seeking the show's help to finally meet Fortunato.

When the couple's episode ended they were not dating, but they had since rekindled their relationship and Sawyer expressed her grief to MTV about the loss of Fortunato.

Fortunato's sister, Gena, confirmed his death and explained that as Fortunato was driving himself to the hospital in Hartford, Conn., his car swerved to the side of the road and crashed into a fence. Later the medical examiner of Farmington, Conn. confirmed that Fortunato died of a pulmonary embolism following deep vein thrombosis, a type of blood cot that occurs deep within a vein.

Gena also spoke to MTV about the loss of her older brother.

The host of Catfish, Nev Schulman, also remembered Fortunato on Twitter.