Even though it’s been decades since AIDS surfaced the earth, it still remains as one of the frightening realities that the world just can’t cope with. There was a time when it was believed that AIDS would affect only a certain kind of people. But as the years flew by, it has proven that it shows no bias and will strike anyone with no discrimination when it comes to race or sexuality. Initially considered a stigma that needed to keep the victim aloof, now it is more open for acceptance and space to learn to live with the disease without the fear of disapproval from the masses. Now with a boom in technology, people have a better understanding and approach toward this life-altering disease and have even gone to spread awareness about its gravity. There are a number of agencies that are even related to the government that work tirelessly to support advocacy efforts that will help both the victims and the general public about HIV and AIDS. This gruesome disease didn’t spare the lives of the artists and game-changers in Hollywood either! Legendary singer Freddie Mercury fell victim to HIV which claimed his life at the age of 45. American actor Rock Hudson, model Gia Carangi, author Isaac Asimov, and singer/actor Antony Perkins are some of the many who succumbed to this deadly disease. Keep reading and you will probably be blown away by the number of artists you never knew were affected by HIV!
Freddie MercuryFreddie Mercury
05 September 1946, British
Singer-songwriter
Eazy-EEazy-E
07 September 1964, American
Rapper

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920, American
Writer, Professor

Rock HudsonRock Hudson
17 November 1925, American
Actor

LiberaceLiberace
16 May 1919, American
Pianist

Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926, French
French philosopher
Keith HaringKeith Haring
04 May 1958, American
American artist

Rudolf NureyevRudolf Nureyev
17 March 1938, Austrian
Ballet Dancer & Choreographer

Gia CarangiGia Carangi
29 January 1960, American
Model
Arthur AsheArthur Ashe
10 July 1943, American
Tennis Player

Denholm ElliottDenholm Elliott
31 May 1922, Spanish, British
Actor
Ryan WhiteRyan White
06 December 1971, American
 

Alvin AileyAlvin Ailey
05 January 1931, American
Choreographer

Paul ShenarPaul Shenar
12 February 1936, American
Actor

Allan BloomAllan Bloom
14 September 1930, American
Philosopher

Roy CohnRoy Cohn
20 February 1927, American
Lawyer
Nkosi JohnsonNkosi Johnson
04 February 1989, South African
Activist

Anthony PerkinsAnthony Perkins
04 April 1932, American
Film actor, Film director, Singer, Screenwriter,

Robert ReedRobert Reed
19 October 1932, American
Actor

Kevin Peter HallKevin Peter Hall
09 May 1955, American
Actor
Derek JarmanDerek Jarman
31 January 1942, British
Film director, Actor, Screenwriter, Diarist,

Kenny EverettKenny Everett
25 December 1944, British
Radio personality
Howard RollinsHoward Rollins
17 October 1950, American
Actor

Tony RichardsonTony Richardson
05 June 1928, British
Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Actor

HalstonHalston
23 April 1932, American
Fashion designer, Costume designer
Ofra HazaOfra Haza
19 November 1957, Israeli
Singer, Voice actor, Actor, Composer, Journalist,

Steve RubellSteve Rubell
02 December 1943, American
Entrepreneur
Dan HartmanDan Hartman
08 December 1950, American
Singer

Klaus NomiKlaus Nomi
24 January 1944, German
Vocalizer

Howard AshmanHoward Ashman
17 May 1950, American
Composer, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Songwriter, Film
Ian CharlesonIan Charleson
11 August 1949, Scottish
Scottish actor

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Tina ChowTina Chow
18 April 1950, American
Model
Tim RichmondTim Richmond
07 June 1955, American
Racing driver

Pedro ZamoraPedro Zamora
29 February 1972, Cuban, American
Educator

Perry EllisPerry Ellis
03 March 1940, American
Fashion designer

Bruce ChatwinBruce Chatwin
13 May 1940, British
Writer
David WojnarowiczDavid Wojnarowicz
14 September 1954, American
Photographer, Painter, Writer
Leigh BoweryLeigh Bowery
26 March 1961, Australian
Dancer, Entrepreneur, Actor, Model

Félix González-TorresFélix González-Torres
26 November 1957, Cuban, American
Visual Artist

Max RobinsonMax Robinson
01 May 1939, American
Broadcaster

Franco MoschinoFranco Moschino
27 February 1950, Italian
Fashion designer
Grethe RaskGrethe Rask
1930 AD, Danish
physician, surgeon

CazuzaCazuza
04 April 1958, Brazilian
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter,

SylvesterSylvester
06 September 1947, American
Singer-songwriter

Michael PetersMichael Peters
06 August 1948, American
Choreographer

Dambudzo MarecheraDambudzo Marechera
04 June 1952, Zimbabwean
Novelist
Paul MonettePaul Monette
16 October 1945, American
Author

Jay ScottJay Scott
04 October 1949, Canadian
Film critic
Peter AllenPeter Allen
10 February 1944, Australian
Songwriter, Musician, Singer, Pianist

Brad DavisBrad Davis
06 November 1949, American
Actor

Nestor AlmendrosNestor Almendros
30 October 1930, Spanish
Cinematographer