AIDS is a disease attributable to HIV, an ailment that reduces a person’s immune system’s capability to fight infection. As of 2009, 33.3 million people have been infected with HIV, and millions die from AIDS-related diseases each year.
AIDS virus has been linked to the gay community since a large percentage of notable people who died from that disease are homosexuals. Countless of celebrities have previously died ever since the spread of the disease. Among the twelve most notable AIDS-related casualties were:
He was by far the most popular and well-known movie stars of his time. Actor Rock Hudson was one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS-related diseases prior to his 40th birthday on October 2, 1986. His death led his friend Elizabeth Taylor to dedicate her life raising money for AIDS exploration and research.
Freddie Mercury, was lead singer of the rock group Queen. He was 45 when he died on November 24, 1991, just days after admitting that he was HIV-positive and had contracted AIDS.
Anthony Perkins, was 69 when he died on September 12, 1992 from complications of AIDS. His career-defining performance was as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho.” He was rumored to have had numerous affairs with Hollywood’s male stars.
Actress Amanda Blake, was 60 when she died on Aug. 16, 1989. She was most recognized for her red-haired saloon proprietress role in”Miss Kitty Russell” on the television western Gunsmoke. During the time before her death, she had cancer, but it was deemed; she contracted HIV infection from her ex-husband who died of AIDS-related complications.
Actor Robert Reed, was a famous American actor who played father Mike Brady on “The Brady Bunch” sitcom. His death on May 12, 1992, at age 59, was extensively associated with AIDS. While he was HIV, positive medical officials said he was without AIDS.
Ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev, was considered as one of the premiere dancers of his time. He depicted to the U.S. in the middle of his career. When he died at 54, on January 6, 1993, he was battling with an advanced level of AIDS.
Tony Richardson was a British actor, director, and producer who died of AIDS in 1991. He was married Vanessa Redgrave, whom he had two daughters Joely and Natasha Richardson. His movie “Tom Jone” won the 1963 Best Director and Best-Picture Oscars.
Arthur Ashe was a former tennis player who contracted AIDS through blood transfusion. He addressed the 1992 World Health Organization (WHO) meeting on the World AIDS Day and spoke on AIDS issues until his death on February 6, 1993. He was 49.
Isaac Asimov, an American author and a biochemistry profession at Boston University, contracted HIV during heart bypass surgery from a blood transfusion. Though it was recorded that the cause of his death on April 6, 1992 was heart and kidney failure, 10 years later his widow disclosed that it was AIDS-related.
Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer renowned for his black-and-white photos and portraits of flowers and nude men. He was 42 when he died on March 9, 1989, of AIDS complications. Since his death, Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation has raised millions of dollars for scientific and medical research to battle against HIV infection and AIDS.
Wladziu Valentino Liberace
Liberace, was a celebrated piano virtuoso and vocalist and was the highest paid entertainer across the world all through the 1950s – 1970s. He died on February 4, 1987 at age of 67. Though his death was not listed as AIDS-related complications, several years later it became known that he was HIV positive years before he died.
Actor Michael Jeter, was an American film, television, and stage actor. His most popular role was on “Evening Shade” sitcom. He was 50 when he died of AIDS-related diseases, on March 30, 2003.
Written by: Janet Grace Ortigas