Thursday, August 8, 2013

Sean Sasser, HIV activist, co-star of Real World, and lover to Pedro Zamora

Image via Towleroad

Via USAToday

He was an early Real World cast member and AIDS activist.

Sean Sasser, whose marriage to fellow Real World star Pedro Zamora was considered a landmark moment in TV history and pre-dated legal marriages in California by nearly a decade, has died. He was 44.

Judd Winick, who also appeared on The Real World: San Francisco, mentioned the news on Twitter, writing, "Our friend Sean Sasser has died. Our love goes out to his family & husband Michael. We will miss u so much."

Zamora died in 1994, hours after the season finale aired, says MTV. Sasser, who was also HIV-positive, went on to work for political and social organizations and become a well-known AIDS activist, says MTV.

According to his life partner, Michael Kaplan, Sasser died of mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the lungs. According to Queerty, Sasser was living in Washington and working as a pastry chef.

3 comments:

becca said...

so sad

whkattk said...

Very sad...

whkattk said...

I thought this was caused by asbestos getting into the lungs... Was he, at one time, involved in a building collapse?