Entertainment

Famous Gay People Who Died Of AIDS  

Celebrity Lists
452.9k views 12 items

It's always heartbreaking to find out that a beloved gay celebrity has died of AIDS. AIDS is a disease which effects an individual's immune system, for which there is no known cure. In the 1980s and early 90s, several famous gay people contracted the disease. Unfortunately, many of these individuals died due to AIDS related complications.

Who is the most famous gay person who died of AIDS? Freddie Mercury tops our list. The Queen front man was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987. He did not publicly discuss his diagnosis until November 22, 1991, when he released a statement confirming his illness. Less than two days later, Mercury died due to complications with the disorder. His longtime partner Jim Hutton, who was also diagnosed with HIV, was at his side at the time of his death.

Rock Hudson was diagnosed with HIV in 1984. He died on October 2, 1985. Hudson and his publicist worked very hard to keep his personal life out of the media, but several of his co-stars have spoken about Hudson's sexuality, stating that he was in fact gay. Other gay actors who died of AIDS include Anthony Perkins, Robert Reed and Denholm Elliot.

Do you think doctors will ever find a cure for AIDS? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gay People Who Died Of AIDS
Photo:  Carl Lender/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0
Queen front man Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987.  He did not publicly discuss his diagnosis until November 22, 1991, when he released a statement confirming his illness.  Two days later, Mercury died due to complications with the disorder.  His longtime partner Jim Hutton, who was also diagnosed with HIV, was at his side at the time of his death.

Age: Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Tanzania

More Freddie Mercury

#1 of 450 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #1 of 806 on The Best Rock Vocalists #3 of 235 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely #7 of 230 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

see more on Freddie Mercury
Anthony Perkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gay People Who Died Of AIDS
Photo: NL-HaNA, ANEFO/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 NL
"Psycho" star Anthony Perkins died from AIDS related complications on September 12, 1992.  He was rumored to have had affairs with several men including Stephen Sondheim, Tab Hunter and Christopher Makos.

Age: Dec. at 60 (1932-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

More Anthony Perkins

#96 of 339 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting) #4 of 56 on Famous People With HIV #78 of 1570 on The Locations of All Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars #36 of 61 on Cool Old Photos of Celebrities with Their Cats

see more on Anthony Perkins
Roy Cohn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gay People Who Died Of AIDS
Photo: Herman Hiller/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Attorney Roy Cohn was diagnosed with AIDS in 1984.  He died on August 2, 1986. He was rumored to be in a relationship with his consultant G. David Schine.

Age: Dec. at 59 (1927-1986)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

see more on Roy Cohn
Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gay People Who Died Of AIDS
Photo: Film studio/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Rock Hudson was diagnosed with HIV in 1984.  He died on October 2, 1985. Hudson and his publicist worked very hard to keep his personal life out of the media, but several of his co-stars have spoken about Hudson's sexuality, saying that he was gay.

Age: Dec. at 60 (1925-1985)

Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, United States of America

More Rock Hudson

#12 of 15 on The Most Macabre Sights At The Dearly Departed Tours And Museum #34 of 42 on The Best Oscar Hosts Ever #18 of 40 on The Greatest Gay Icons in Film #18 of 120 on People Who Most Deserve Biopics (But Don't Have One Yet)

see more on Rock Hudson