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Published on Mar 3, 2012
Today, on January 21st 2012 at 6:45pm, our dear friend Sam took his last breath, and transitioned after a brutally/mercifully(?) fast bout with inoperable liver cancer.
Those of us fortunate enough to be at his bedside are but a small handful of people lucky enough to call Sam their friend.
Sam's spirit transcended this particular earthly-realm on August 13th, 1965 and left an imprint on our hearts like no other ever will...
Interestingly, what often determined how well one actually knew Sam, sometimes deepened the more one understood Sam's spiritual & God-loving essence. It's as if Sam had this built-in radar for those who were either striving for some kind of spiritual enlightenment, or at the very least acknowledged in something bigger than ourselves in the Universe.
Most who knew and loved Sam were also privy to the fact that he was one of the most popular Brazilian/Portuguese gay porn stars (as Sergio Real) to ever 'machismo' his way across a screen! This phenomenally 'contrasty' (to say the least) juxtaposition of devoted 'Disciple-Of-God-By-Day' and 'Swarthy-Brazilian-Porn-Star-By-Night,' was truly at the core of Sam's uniqueness. Not merely because this juxtaposition is virtually impossible to find anywhere, but because everything about Sam was utterly genuine where this is concerned, from the inside out. There was no pretense, no artificiality, no arrogance in what made him so good at what he did.
I would be remiss If I didn't also mention a third component to what made Sam a true 'Wizard' in every sense. He was without a doubt, one of the most phenomenally talented singer/musicians I have ever come across in all my years in the business. Sam could effortlessly 'turn you into putty' the minute he picked up his guitar, and opened his mouth to sing...
As a filmmaker, camera man & editor who thanks his lucky stars daily that I am able to do what I love and make a living at it, It is an honor to be able to say that Sam's cabaret debut at The Triad in 2005 (ironically and humorously titled 'The Naked Me') was one of my first professional filming gigs. Sam opened his show with 'Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries.' a most fitting opener.
Having faced religious persecution from his family, Sam was keenly aware of the importance of looking inwards for that 'spiritual fix' and although not his aim or goal, he could even shake the faith of the most hardened, 'self described Atheists' from time to time.
As I type this now with tears streaming down my face, I sit in absolute awe at this man's bravery, and willingness to accept the hand that life gave him with class, dignity, and an unwavering respect for his maker...