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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. Celebs dying to cancer is always a tragedy; we have to remember that they are also patients just like other cancer victims. 

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

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

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

Age: Died at 26 (1960-1986)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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

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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