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.
James Earl Ray was an American criminal convicted of the assassination of civil rights and anti-war activist Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray was convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty plea to forgo a jury trial. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have been eligible for the death penalty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain a new trial. He died in prison of hepatitis C. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 70 (1928-1998)
Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States of Americasee more on James Earl Ray
Nimrod Ping was a British politician and architect. He contracted Hepatitis C in the late 1990s and often advocated for better treatment of the disease. He died due liver failure caused by complications with hepatitis C in 2006.
Nimrod Ping was a British architect, politician and gay activist in Brighton, Sussex, England. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 59 (1947-2006)see more on Nimrod Ping
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.
Chester Leo "Chet" Helms, often called the father of San Francisco's 1967 "Summer of Love", was a music promoter and a cultural figure in San Francisco during its hippie period in the late Sixties. Helms was the founder and manager of Big Brother and the Holding Company and recruited Janis Joplin as its lead singer. He was a producer and organizer, helping to stage free concerts and other cultural events at Golden Gate Park, the backdrop of San Francisco's Summer of Love in 1967, as well as at other venues, including the Avalon Ballroom. He was the first producer of psychedelic light-show concerts at the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom and was instrumental in helping to develop bands that ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 63 (1942-2005)
Birthplace: Santa Maria, California, United States of Americasee more on Chet Helms
Melvin Schwartz was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1998. Along with his colleagues Leon M. Lederman and Jack Steinberger, Schwartz developed the the neutrino beam method. He died as a result of Parkinson's disease complicated by hepatitis C on August 28, 2006.
Melvin Schwartz was an American physicist. He shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics with Leon M. Lederman and Jack Steinberger for their development of the neutrino beam method and their demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 74 (1932-2006)
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of Americasee more on Melvin Schwartz