We are heartbroken to report that Ashley Sawyer, who appeared on Catfish, has passed away. She was only 23 years old, and her family has not revealed the cause of death.
MTV released a statement, saying, "MTV is deeply saddened to learn that Ashley Sawyer has passed away. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends."
Host Max Joseph offered his condolences to her family.
Shocked and saddened by the death of Ashley Sawyer. So sweet and kind. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/fC6qG84gfC— Max Joseph (@maxjoseph) May 2, 2016
Nev Schulman also paid his respects.
So sad to lose both Mike & Ashley. I hope they are happy & together now where nothing can hurt them. pic.twitter.com/ETXiaTYvDt— Nev Schulman (@NevSchulman) May 3, 2016
Ashley appeared on an episode in 2013, after she started dating Michael Fortunato online. Although they both didn't use accurate photos of themselves, they realized that they had a real connection when they met up IRL. Sadly, he passed away when he was 26, shortly after their episode aired.
Our thoughts are with Ashley's friends and family. Send your kind words to her loved ones in the comments.