James Earl Ray was the man who assassination Martin Luther King, Jr. In order to avoid a death sentence, Ray entered a guilty plea and was given 99 years in prison. Ray died on April 23, 1998 due to complications with kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C. It is believed that he contracted hepatitis C as a result of a blood transfusion after being stabbed while in prison.
Chet Helms was the music promoter who founded and managed Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Helms contracted hepatitis C in the early-2000s. After suffering a small stroke, he died on June 25, 2005.
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