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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. Here are also famous people who died of HIV infection and celebrities who kept their illness secret. 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. Other Hollywood movie stars who lost their battle with aids include Rock Hudson and Anthony Perkins. 

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.

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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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

Nationality: Zanzibar, United Kingdom

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Singer, + more

Credits: Metropolis, Ted, Shaun of the Dead, Moulin Rouge!

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Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (1925-1985)

Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Actor

Credits: Giant, Pillow Talk, Send Me No Flowers, McMillan & Wife

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Gia Carangi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Fashion Model, Model, Supermodel

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Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)

Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Biochemist, Historian, Novelist, Author Essayist, + more

Credits: Bicentennial Man, I, Robot, Gandahar Nightfall

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Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 58 (1926-1984)

Birthplace: Poitiers, France

Nationality: France

Profession: Sociologist, Writer, Philosopher

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Liberace is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 68 (1919-1987)

Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Pianist, Actor, Singer

Credits: Another World, Misery, Ocean's Eleven, Liberace: A Valentine Special

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Anthony Perkins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (1932-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer, Minister of religion

Credits: Psycho, The Trial, Psycho II, The Black Hole

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#86 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Leigh Bowery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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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

Nationality: Australia

Profession: Fashion designer, Promoter, Model, Actor

Credits: Hail the New Puritan

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