Sean Sasser, Pedro Zamora’s Couple in MTV’s ‘The Real World,’ Dies

Sean Sasser, the man who, along with partner Pedro Zamora, changed the perception of gay people and humanized those HIV-positive, has died. He was 44.

According to the New York Times, Sasser died on Aug. 8 of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer. Back in 1994, Sasser took part in MTV’s reality show “The Real World San Francisco” as he was struggling to open a restaurant in the city and also wanted to publicize issues about AIDS. It was there that he met Pedro Zamora, a 22-year-old Cuban-American who was also HIV-positive and gay.

Their relationship became the focus of the season, culminating with a wedding ceremony performed at the Real World house. One day after the final episode of the show aired, Zamora died of  progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, a rare and usually fatal viral inflammation of the brain.

More recently, Sasser had concentrated on baking. He was the pastry chef at Ris, a restaurant in Washington and was married to his husband, Michael Kaplan, the Times reports.

He is survived by his mother, Patricia, his sister, Staci White and his husband.

“I feel a connection or a closeness to Pedro,” Sasser said in his vows. “I know one thing for sure: I don’t want that to go away.

Like us on Facebook

  • Latest Comments