Famous People Who Died of AIDS People

Famous People Who Died of AIDS

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When the AIDS epidemic first gained notice, the world was terrified. A gruesome and deadly disease, it even managed to infect some of the most famous actors, musicians, and other celebrities in the world. This is a list of famous people who died of AIDS, including pictures, birth dates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died by AIDS are listed alphabetically and include the famous aids victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. List is made up of many different people, including Robert Chesley and Marlon Riggs. These notable aids deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers.

Although AIDS treatment has made many strides in the past few years, that doesn't it mean that people are immune from the disease if they aren't careful. Legendary Queen singer Freddie Mercury fell victim to it, as did tennis great Arthur Ashe, yet both contracted it in entirely different ways.

Everyone on this list has has AIDS as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.



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    Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and producer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. As a songwriter, he composed many hits for Queen, including ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)
    • Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Legenden
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    Rock Hudson was an American actor. Hudson is generally known for his turns as a leading man in the 1950s and 1960s. He achieved stardom with dramatic roles in films such as Magnificent Obsession and Giant, and found continued success with a string of romantic comedies costarring Doris Day. Hudson began ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1925-1985)
    • Birthplace: USA, Winnetka, Illinois
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Giant, Pillow Talk, Dynasty, Winchester '73, Lover Come Back, + more
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    Gia Marie Carangi was an American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was featured on the cover of fashion magazines, including four international editions of Vogue and multiple issues of Cosmopolitan between 1979 and 1982. During these years, she also appeared in advertising ...more

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    • Age: Died at 26 (1960-1986)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion Model, Model, Supermodel
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    Isaac Asimov
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    Isaac Asimov was an American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Asimov was prolific and wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)
    • Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia
    • Profession: Biochemist, Historian, Novelist, Author, Essayist, + more
    • Credits: I, Robot, Bicentennial Man, Probe, Nightfall
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    Michel Foucault
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    Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, philologist and literary critic. His theories addressed the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions. Though often cited as a post-structuralist ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1926-1984)
    • Birthplace: Poitiers, France
    • Profession: Sociologist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Władziu Valentino Liberace, mononymously known as Liberace, was an American pianist and entertainer. A child prodigy and the first generation son of working class immigrants, Liberace's career spanned four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1919-1987)
    • Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Pianist, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Loved One, Footlight Varieties, Merry Mirthquakes, The Liberace Show (US), Sincerely Yours
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    Anthony Perkins
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    Anthony Perkins was an American actor and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion, but is best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and its three sequels. His other films include The Trial, Fear Strikes Out, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1932-1992)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer, Minister of religion
    • Credits: Psycho, The Black Hole, Murder on the Orient Express, The Last of Sheila, Catch-22, + more
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    Leigh Bowery
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    Leigh Bowery was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, actor, pop star, model, and fashion designer, based in London. Bowery is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York City art and fashion circles influencing a generation of artists and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 33 (1961-1994)
    • Birthplace: Sunshine, Australia
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Promoter, Model, Actor
    • Credits: Hail the New Puritan
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    Robert Reed
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    Robert Reed was an American stage, film and television actor and television director. From 1961 to 1965, Reed portrayed the role of Kenneth Preston on the popular legal drama, The Defenders, alongside E. G. Marshall. He is best known as Mike Brady on the ABC sitcom The Brady Bunch, which aired from 1969 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1932-1992)
    • Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Brady Bunch, Roots, The Defenders, Mannix, Search for Tomorrow, + more
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    Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr. was an American World No. 1 professional tennis player. He won three Grand Slam titles, ranking him among the best tennis players from the United States. Ashe, an African American, was the first black player selected to the United States Davis Cup team and the only black man ever ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1943-1993)
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Tennis player
    • Credits: The Day After, Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World
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    Eric Lynn Wright, better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called "The Godfather of Gangsta Rap". He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. After dropping out of high school in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1963-1995)
    • Birthplace: Compton, USA, California
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper
    • Credits: CB4
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    Cecil Antonio "Tony" Richardson was an English theatre and film director and producer whose career spanned five decades. In 1964 he won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film Tom Jones. He died of AIDS-related causes at age 63 in 1991.more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1928-1991)
    • Birthplace: Shipley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Tom Jones, Blue Sky, The Hotel New Hampshire, The Entertainer, The Charge of the Light Brigade, + more
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    Peter McWilliams
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    Peter Alexander McWilliams was an American self-help author who advocated for the legalization of marijuana.more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1949-2000)
    • Birthplace: Michigan
    • Profession: Poet, Author, Writer, Social activist, Photographer
    • Credits: The Thorn
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    Denholm Elliott
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    Denholm Mitchell Elliott, CBE was an English film, television and theatre actor with more than 120 film and television credits. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In the 1980s, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in three consecutive years, the only actor ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1922-1992)
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Trading Places, A Bridge Too Far, A Room with a View, + more
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    Cazuza
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    Agenor Miranda Araújo Neto, better known as Cazuza was a Brazilian composer and singer, born in Rio de Janeiro. Along with Raul Seixas, Renato Russo and Os Mutantes, Cazuza is considered one of the best exponents of Brazilian rock music. In 9 years of career, he sold more than 5 million albums and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1958-1990)
    • Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Subway to the Stars, Cazuza: Time Doesn't Stop
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    Norman Jay Rambeau, professionally known as Dack Rambo, was an American actor, most notable for appearing as Walter Brennan's grandson Jeff in the ABC series The Guns of Will Sonnett, as Steve Jacobi in the ABC soap opera All My Children, as cousin Jack Ewing on CBS's Dallas, and as Grant Harrison on ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1941-1994)
    • Birthplace: Earlimart, California, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Dallas, Another World, The Guns of Will Sonnett, Never Too Young, Which Way to the Front?, + more
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    Peter Allen
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    Peter Allen was a songwriter and an actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1944-1992)
    • Birthplace: Tenterfield, Australia
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Swing Shift, Blood Angels, Ripper, Blonde and Blonder, + more
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    Tom Waddell was a gay American sportsman who founded the Gay Olympics in 1982 in San Francisco. The international sporting event was later renamed the Gay Games after the United States Olympic Committee sued Waddell for using the word "Olympic" in the original name. The Gay Games are held every four ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1937-1987)
    • Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Physician
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    Gerald "Jerry" Sanford Smith was a professional American football tight end for the National Football League's Washington Redskins from 1965–1977. By the time he retired he held the NFL record for most career touchdowns by a tight end. A 2014 documentary from the NFL Network's A Football Life series ...more

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1943-1986)
    • Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: American football player
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    Pedro Zamora
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    Pedro Pablo Zamora was a Cuban-American AIDS educator and television personality. As one of the first openly gay men with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media, Zamora brought international attention to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues and prejudices through his appearance on MTV's reality television series, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 22 (1972-1994)
    • Birthplace: Diezmero, Cuba
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