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. 

Freddie Mercury is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of AIDS
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Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; 5 September 1946 – 24 November 1991) was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the greatest lead singers in the history of rock music, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.Born in 1946 in Zanzibar to Parsi parents from India, he attended English-style boarding schools in India from the age of eight and returned to Zanzibar after secondary school. In 1964, his family fled the Zanzibar Revolution, moving to Middlesex, England. Having studied and written music for years, he formed Queen in 1970 with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 45 (1946-1991)

Birthplace: Tanzania, Zanzibar, Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Africa

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 (born Roy Harold Scherer Jr.; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American actor, generally known for his turns as a leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. He was viewed as a prominent "heartthrob" of the Hollywood Golden Age, and he achieved stardom with roles in films such as Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955), and Giant (1956), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He found continued success with a string of romantic comedies co-starring Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961), and Send Me No Flowers (1964). He appeared in films including Seconds (1966), Tobruk (1967), and Ice Station Zebra ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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 (January 29, 1960 – November 18, 1986) was an American model during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Considered by some to be the first supermodel, she was featured on the cover of fashion magazines, including multiple editions of Vogue and Cosmopolitan, and appeared in advertising campaigns for such fashion houses as Armani, Christian Dior, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.After she became addicted to heroin, Carangi's modeling career rapidly declined. She died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 26, becoming one of the first famous women to die of the disease. Her life was dramatized in the television film Gia, starring Angelina Jolie, which debuted on HBO in 1998. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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 (; c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was an American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University. He was known for his works of science fiction and popular science. Asimov was a prolific writer who wrote or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. His books have been published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification.Asimov wrote hard science fiction. Along with Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke, Asimov was considered one of the "Big Three" science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimov's most famous work is the "Foundation" series, the first three books of which won the one-time Hugo Award ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. 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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