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MTV's "Real World' housemate gravely ill

Pedro Zamora, a young Cuban-American man who has left national audiences in tears as he pleaded for more-humane responses to people afflicted with AIDS, is dying of the disease in a Miami hospital. A doctor said the housemate on the MTV series the Real World has a severe neurological disorder, cannot walk, speak or eat and often cannot recognize family and friends. Zamora can barely move his lips and sometimes tears run down his cheeks when he recognizes family and friends, Dr. Corklin Steinhart said Friday in a news conference at Mercy Hospital. Steinhart said it is impossible to say how much time Zamora has left, but he made it clear it won't be long: "The deterioration is continuing and unrelenting."

Jolly old Dave

goes to England

David Letterman is taking his show overseas in May for a weeklong series of broadcasts from London. Late Show with David Letterman, which has aired in the United Kingdom since April 18 on British Sky Broadcasting, will originate from the London Studios on the south bank of the river Thames, CBS announced this week. The British visit will feature "a stellar lineup of American and British stars" and "signature video segments where Letterman and his television cameras take to the streets of London," CBS said.

Petty drummer quits

Stan Lynch, drummer for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, has quit the band to work as an independent writer and producer. "It feels strange," said Lynch, 39, "but I think it'll be a real good change for everybody." His last concert appearance with Petty was Oct. 2 in San Francisco. The split with his longtime mates was amicable, Lynch said, and had been brewing for more than a year. Although the band was formed in Los Angeles, the original Heartbreakers had been friends in Gainesville _ Petty, Lynch, bassist Ron Blair, organist Benmont Tench and guitarist Mike Campbell. Blair left the group in 1982 and was replaced by Howie Epstein.

_ Compiled from wire reports