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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. 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. This 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. 

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    Paul-Michel Foucault (UK: FOO-koh, US: foo-KOH, French: [pɔl miʃɛl fuko]; 15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault, was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, and literary critic. Foucault's theories primarily address 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 and postmodernist, Foucault rejected these labels. His thought has influenced academics, especially those working in communication studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, literary theory, feminism, and critical theory. Activist groups have also found...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1926-1984)
    • Birthplace: Poitiers, France
    • Gender: Male
    • Nationality: France
    • Profession: Sociologist, Writer, Philosopher

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  • Władziu Valentino Liberace (May 16, 1919 – February 4, 1987) was an American pianist, singer and actor. A child prodigy born in Wisconsin to parents of Italian and Polish origin, Liberace enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world, with established concert residencies in Las Vegas, and an international touring schedule. Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on and off stage, acquiring the nickname "Mr. Showmanship"....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1919-1987)
    • Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Gender: Male
    • 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 (April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an American actor and singer. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his second film, Friendly Persuasion (1956), but is best remembered for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and its three sequels. His other films include Fear Strikes Out (1957), The Matchmaker (1958), On the Beach (1959), Tall Story (1960), The Trial (1962), Phaedra (1962), Five Miles to Midnight (1962), Pretty Poison (1968), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Mahogany (1975), North Sea Hijack (1979), The Black Hole (1979), and Crimes of Passion (1984)....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1932-1992)
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
    • Gender: Male
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Alternative Name: Anthony Perkins
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer, Minister of religion
    • Credits: Psycho, The Trial, Psycho II, The Black Hole

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  • Leigh Bowery (26 March 1961 – 1 January 1995) was an Australian performance artist, club promoter, and fashion designer. Bowery was known for his flamboyant and outlandish costumes and makeup as well as his (sometimes controversial) performances. Based in London for much of his adult life, he was a significant model and muse for the English painter Lucian Freud. Bowery's friend and fellow performer Boy George said he saw Bowery's outrageous performances a number of times, and that it "never ceased to impress or revolt"....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1961-1994)
    • Birthplace: Sunshine, Australia
    • Gender: Male
    • Nationality: Australia
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Promoter, Model, Actor
    • Credits: Hail the New Puritan