The Real World San Francisco cast member Pedro Zamora died 20 years ago today, just a few hours after the finale of the MTV show’s third season was broadcast; he was 22.
Earlier this year, The National AIDS Memorial Grove announced a scholarship was renamed in his honor: the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship is for “the academic efforts of emerging young leaders who share Pedro’s passionate commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic.”
The man who oversees that fund, Eric Ciasullo, wrote in the Advocate that “20 years after his death, Pedro remains relevant because he’s a compelling example of how social and cultural changes are often driven by the restless hearts and the capacity for commitment and innovation found especially among young people.”
SiriusXM’s Out Q has been doing a series on the 20th anniversary, and in this clip, Pedro’s friend and fellow cast member Judd Winick talks about their time on the show:
Housemate Judd Winick remembers his time with Pedro Zamora on the 20th anniversary of his death. https://t.co/4Z4BW5H3yV
— Bunim/Murray (@BunimMurray) November 12, 2014
If you did not watch that season, or want to revisit it, MTV has the all Real World San Francisco episodes online, free. They are, of course, much better than the well-intentioned fictional movie MTV aired five years ago that was based on his life and used recreations of the series with actors.
Here’s a compilation of clips from his appearance on the show: