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Top 10 Notable People Who Died From AIDS

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AIDS is a disease of the human immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The condition progressively reduces the effectiveness of the immune system and leaves individuals susceptible to opportunistic infections and tumors. As of 2009, it is estimated that there are 33.3 million people worldwide infected with HIV. However, the majority of people with the virus don’t know they have it. For this reason, major inaccuracies exist in certain statistics. Millions of people die from AIDS-related diseases every year. The disease is devastating Africa. The continent is home to about 14.5% of the world’s population and 72% of all AIDS deaths in 2009.

In many areas of the world, the AIDS virus has become associated with the gay community. This is because a large percentage of notable people who have died from AIDS were homosexual. The link between being gay and AIDS is not well understood. In 1969, an American teenager from Missouri named Robert R. became the earliest confirmed victim of AIDS. It remains unclear how Robert got the virus. The first person known to have contracted HIV and died outside of the United States is Arvid Noe.

Since the spread of AIDS, hundreds of famous people have died from the disease. This article will examine ten notable cases (and, in time, will be followed up by a second list of ten). Everyone listed had an established and notable career before getting HIV. They were not made famous by the disease, like many activists that died during the 1980s and 1990s. For example, a woman named Kimberly Bergalis was the first person to get HIV from a clinical transmission. She received the virus from her dentist.

Some notable people not included are broadcast journalist Max Robinson, disco singer Sylvester, choreographer Alvin Ailey, French philosopher Michel Foucault, fashion icon Tina Chow, designer Willi Smith, Italian writer Pier Vittorio Tondelli, CEO of Hasbro Stephen D. Hassenfeld, French writer Jean-Paul Aron, and Spanish poet Jaime Gil de Biedma.


Keith Haring


In 1958, Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania. He achieved his first public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York. To make his art recognizable, Haring used a Radiant Baby symbol. He used bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures to carry strong messages of life and unity. In 1985, Keith started to paint canvas. He made an appearance on MTV in November 1985 and painted the set during a show hosted by his friend, keyboardist Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. In 1986, Haring painted murals in Amsterdam, Paris, and Phoenix. He was also asked to paint a 350 foot mural on the Berlin Wall at Brandenburg Gate.

Keith Haring spoke about his work on the Berlin Wall. “I decided on a subject, which is a continuous interlocking chain of human figures, who are connected at their hands and feet. The chain represents the unity of people against the idea of the wall. I painted in the colors of the German flag, black, red and yellow.”

Toward the end of the 1980s, Keith’s art began to reflect socio-political themes, such as anti-Apartheid, AIDS awareness, and the crack cocaine epidemic. In 1988, he was diagnosed with AIDS. It remains unclear exactly how Haring got HIV, but it has been speculated that he received the virus through unprotected sexual intercourse or drug use. A collection of people that Haring was acquainted with died from AIDS. This includes model Tina Chow, who was one of the first heterosexual women to become infected with the disease. Chow died from an AIDS related illness January 24, 1992.

Haring was a homosexual man. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation to fund AIDS research and children’s programs. Keith Haring died on February 16, 1990, of AIDS-related complications. He was only 31 years-old. Keith’s last public work was painted on the rear wall of the convent of the Church of Sant’Antonio in Pisa, known as the mural Tuttomondo. His imagery has become a recognized visual language of the 20th century.


Howard Ashman

Howard Ashman

In 1950, Howard Ashman was born in Baltimore, Maryland. In the 1970s, Ashman began to stand out as a talented playwright, lyricist and director. He first worked with Alan Menken on a 1979 musical adapted from Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. They also collaborated on the successful Little Shop of Horrors rock musical. Menken would compose the music, while Ashman wrote the lyrics. Towards the end of the 1980s, the pair turned their attention to animated features produced by Walt Disney.

Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics for all the songs used in The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. At the time of his death, Ashman was in the middle of working on Aladdin. Three of his songs were featured, Arabian Nights, Friend Like Me, and Prince Ali. Along with Menken, Ashman is the co-recipient of two Grammy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards. His second Academy Award, in 1992, was awarded posthumously for Best Original Song (Beauty and the Beast). In the middle of the 1980s, Howard Ashman was diagnosed with HIV. After a long fight with the disease, he passed away from complications on March 14, 1991.

Howard Ashman was a homosexual. His life partner was a man named William P. Lauch, who joined Menken in accepting Ashman’s posthumous Academy Award. In a moving speech, Lauch proudly declared, “Howard and I shared a home and a life together.” He went on to note that this was “the first Academy Award given to someone lost to AIDS.” In 2001, Ashman was named a Disney Legend. The movie Beauty and the Beast is dedicated in his honor. “To our friend Howard, who gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his soul, we will be forever grateful.”


Anthony Perkins

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In 1932, Anthony Perkins was born in New York City. He made his film debut in the movie The Actress (1953). In 1957, Perkins received an Academy Award nomination for his role in Friendly Persuasion. He also won the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. In the late 1950s, Anthony Perkins released three pop music albums as “Tony Perkins.” His single Moon-Light Swim was a hit in the United States, peaking at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Perkins also acted in theater and received a collection of Tony Award nominations.

In 1960, Anthony Perkins landed his most notable role, as Norman Bates in the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho. The movie was a critical and commercial success, and gave Perkins international fame for his performance as the homicidal owner of the Bates Motel. In 1961, Perkins won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his role, in Goodbye Again. In 1976, he hosted television’s Saturday Night Live and was featured in his only science fiction film, the box office smash and space opus, Walt Disney’s The Black Hole in 1979.

Perkins reprised the role of Norman Bates in three sequels to Psycho. The first, Psycho II (1983), was a box office success more than 20 years after the original film. He then starred in, and directed, Psycho III. In 1990, Perkins played Bates in the made-for-cable sequel Psycho IV: The Beginning. Anthony Perkins was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor his exceptional contributions to the motion picture industry.

Perkins was diagnosed with AIDS in 1989, and kept his illness a closely-guarded secret for fear that he would not be able to get an acting role. Despite his illness, Perkins worked until the very end. He died on September 12, 1992, from pneumonia related to AIDS. At the time of his death, Anthony had been married to photographer Berry Berenson for 19 years and had two children. Perkins was reported to have been bisexual, and had a close relationship with actors Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter, and dancer Rudolf Nureyev. Anthony’s widow, Berry Berenson, was killed on American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11 terrorist attacks.


Rudolf Nureyev

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In 1938, Rudolf Nureyev was born, on a train near Irkutsk, Siberia, USSR. By the late 1950s, he had become a dancing sensation in the Soviet Union. Nureyev was chosen as part of the Kirov ballet European tour. While in Paris, his performances electrified audiences and critics. Rudolf Nureyev was a free spirit and he was known for breaking Soviet rules about mingling with foreigners. For this reason, he was under investigation by the KGB and faced possible arrest.

On June 16, 1961, at the Le Bourget Airport in Paris, Nureyev defected, with the help of French police. Within a week of his defection, he was signed by the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas. Nureyev was openly gay. While on tour in Denmark, he met Erik Bruhn, a fellow dancer who became his lover and closest friend. In 1962, Nureyev was signed by The Royal Ballet as their Principal Dancer. He continued to perform regularly with The Royal Ballet until he joined the Paris Opera Ballet, in the 1980s.

When AIDS appeared in France around 1982, Nureyev took little notice and did not change his lifestyle. He simply denied anything was wrong with his health. In 1990, Rudolf became undeniably ill. His last performance was in the production of La Bayadère at the Palais Garnier. In 1993, Rudolf Nureyev died in Levallois-Perret, from an AIDS-related illness. He was 54-years-old. Rudolf is considered one of the most celebrated ballet dancers of the 20th century. He provided a new role for the male ballet dancer who once served only as support to the women.


Esteban De Jesús


In 1951, Esteban De Jesús was born, in the town of Carolina, Puerto Rico. He debuted as a professional boxer in 1969, beating El Tarita by a knockout. De Jesús won his first 20 amateur fights in the lightweight division, 13 by knockout. In 1971, De Jesús boxed Josue Marquez and beat him in a ten round decision. By the end of 1972, De Jesús’ had won six professional fights in a row. Despite all those wins, he was virtually unknown to most fans. That changed when Esteban faced undefeated Roberto Durán, in November 1972. The fight was at Madison Square Garden arena in New York. It marked the beginning of the Duran vs. De Jesús trilogy, De Jesus dropped Duran in round one and went on to give Duran his first professional defeat with a ten round decision.

Esteban De Jesús began 1974 by knocking out former world Jr. Welterweight champion Alfonso Peppermint Fraser in 10 rounds. He then faced Duran for the second time and knocked him down in the first round, but this time Duran rebounded and dominated the fight. In 1976, the WBC’s world Lightweight champion Ishimatsu Suzuki of Japan traveled to Puerto Rico to defend his title against De Jesús. It was the third world title chance for Esteban. He won the fight by beating Suzuki in a 15 round decision. He then retained the title against Hector Medina by a knockout in seven.

As a world champion, De Jesús defended his title over the next couple years. In early 1978, he faced Duran for the third time. It was a WBC Lightweight title bout in Las Vegas, which displayed Duran’s talents at their peak. Duran systematically broke down De Jesús and won in a 12th round knockout. Esteban De Jesús was the WBC Lightweight World Champion from May 1976 to January 1978. Esteban retired from boxing with a record of 57 wins and 5 losses, with 32 wins by knockout.

The next stage of Esteban’s life began on Thanksgiving weekend, 1981. In what became a famous case in Puerto Rico, De Jesús was convicted of murder after shooting and killing a 17 year-old over a traffic dispute. He was sentenced to life in jail. While in prison, De Jesús was infected with HIV. It is unclear exactly how he got the disease, but unprotected sex or drug use is likely. After it became public that De Jesús had acquired HIV, Governor Rafael Hernández Colón pardoned him. De Jesús returned to his house and was visited by many celebrities in his final days, including Duran. “It was a compassionate moment when Duran lifted De Jesús out of his bed and kissed him.” On May 11, 1989, Esteban De Jesús died from AIDS-related complications. He was only 37 years-old.


Arthur Ashe


Arthur Ashe was a professional tennis player, born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. During his career, Ashe won three Grand Slam titles, putting him among the best players ever from the United States. In 1963, Arthur became the first black player ever selected to the United States Davis Cup team. He won the inaugural US Open in 1968, the Australian Open in 1970, and Wimbledon in 1975. Arthur had heart surgery in 1979 and retired in 1980.

Arthur Ashe remains the only black man to ever win the singles title at Wimbledon, the US Open, or Australian Open. He is one of only two black men to win a Grand Slam singles title, the other being France’s Yannick Noah, who won the French Open in 1983. Arthur was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985. In 1979, he suffered a heart attack and underwent a quadruple bypass surgery, performed by Dr. John Hutchinson. In 1983, Ashe underwent a second round of heart surgery to correct the bypass. Five years later he fell ill and it was discovered that Arthur had contracted HIV.

Ashe apparently got HIV from a tainted blood transfusion he received during his second heart procedure. Arthur and his wife decided to keep his illness private, until April 8, 1992, when reports on his health were published. By 1992, Arthur’s physical appearance was skinny and gaunt. In the last year of his life, Ashe started an AIDS foundation. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993. Arthur Ashe remains one of the most famous individuals to have received HIV from a tainted blood transfusion.


Perry Ellis


Perry Ellis was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on March 3, 1940. In the middle of the 1970s, Ellis was approached by his then employer, The Vera Companies, famous for their polyester double-knit pantsuits, to design a fashion collection. Soon after that, Perry Ellis presented his first women’s sportswear line, called Portfolio, in November 1976. By 1978, Perry Ellis was internationally recognized. His clothing line became loved by female consumers for the clean-cut yet casual style.

In 1978, Ellis founded his own sportswear fashion house, Perry Ellis International. As the company’s chairman and head designer he developed a popular Menswear Collection. Step by step, Perry Ellis added shoes, accessories, furs and perfume. Throughout the 1980s, the company continued to expand and include various labels. In the early 1980s, the wholesale revenues for Perry Ellis International had figured at about $60 million. By 1986, that number had risen to about $250 million.

Today the company is huge. Perry Ellis International is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of apparel and accessories for men and women. The company owns or licenses a portfolio of brands that includes 29 of the leading names in fashion. Perry Ellis became publicly shared in 1993, and annual sales have propelled to nearly $1 billion dollars.

In the middle of the 1980s, Perry Ellis became seriously ill. He died on May 30, 1986, aged 46, from viral encephalitis – an AIDS-related disease. He was openly gay. In November 1984, Barbara Gallagher, a Hollywood screenwriter and long-time friend of Perry gave birth to their daughter Tyler. However, a man named Laughlin Barker was his long-time partner. Barker also died in 1986. Perry Ellis was one of the first prominent American figures to succumb to AIDS.


Rock Hudson


Rock Hudson was an American film and television actor. During the 1950s and 1960s, Hudson played the lead role in many romantic comedies, most notably acting with Doris Day. He was a tall man standing at 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m). Hudson appeared in nearly 70 motion pictures, and several television productions, during a career that spanned over four decades. From 1971 to 1977, Rock starred in the lighthearted American crime series McMillan & Wife. At this time, he was the highest paid actor on television.

In the early 1980s, following years of heavy drinking and smoking, Hudson began to experience health problems which resulted in a heart attack. He underwent emergency quintuple heart bypass surgery, in November 1981. By 1984, Rock’s health began to get worse, which prompted rumors that he was suffering from liver cancer. He displayed an increasingly gaunt face and build.

Rock was diagnosed with HIV on June 5, 1984. He kept his illness a secret while continuing to work and attend Hollywood gatherings. It was not until July 25, 1985, while in Paris for treatment, that Hudson issued a press release announcing that he was dying of AIDS. In another press release a month later, Rock speculated that he might have contracted HIV through an infected blood transfusion that occurred during his heart bypass procedure.

Rock Hudson died on October 2, 1985, from an AIDS-related illness. He was a month and a half away from his 60th birthday. The disclosure of Hudson’s HIV status provoked widespread discussion on his sexual orientation, which was never made public. Rock and his agent, Henry Willson, kept his personal life out of the headlines. According to some colleagues, Hudson’s homosexuality was well known in Hollywood throughout his career. Rock Hudson was one of the first major Hollywood celebrities to die from an AIDS-related illness. His death had an immediate impact on the visibility of AIDS and on the funding of medical research.



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In 1919, Liberace, known as Lee to his friends, was born in West Allis, Wisconsin. Liberace began playing the piano at the age of four, and memorized difficult pieces of music by seven. As a youth, Liberace focused fiercely on the piano, and blossomed under the instruction of music teacher Florence Kelly. He showed an interest in draftsmanship, design, painting, and became a lover of fashion. Liberace had a knack for turning his eccentricities into attention-getting virtues, similar to Elton John, David Bowie, Madonna and, more recently, Lady Gaga. By 1947, Lee was billing himself as “Liberace – the most amazing piano virtuoso of the present day.” He bought a rare, over-sized, gold-leafed Blüthner Grand, which he hyped up as a “priceless piano.”

Liberace created a very successful public image which helped rocket him to stardom. His New York City performance at Madison Square Garden, in 1954, earned him a record $138,000 for one show. By 1955, he was making $50,000 per week at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Liberace was also making over $1,000,000 per year from public appearances, and millions from television. He was frequently covered by the major magazines and became a pop culture superstar. The pianist’s flamboyant personality made him the butt of jokes by comedians and the public.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Liberace’s live shows were a major box office attraction in Las Vegas, and he made $300,000 a week. During the 1950s–1970s, Liberace was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. In 1982, Scott Thorson, Liberace’s 24-year-old bodyguard, limo driver, and alleged live-in boyfriend of five years, sued the pianist for $113 million in palimony. In response, Liberace denied he was gay. Confusion over Liberace’s true sexuality was further muddled in the public’s mind by his romantic links with a collection of famous personalities.

Liberace’s final stage performance was at New Yorks’ Radio City Music Hall, on November 2, 1986. His final 21 day tour grossed $2.5 million. Liberace died at the age of 67 on February 4, 1987, from cardiac arrest due to congestive heart failure. He never officially gave a statement saying that he was HIV positive or a homosexual. The pianist was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986, and was hospitalized in January of 1987 with suspected anemia. An autopsy following his death confirmed that Liberace had HIV.


Freddie Mercury


Freddie Mercury (Farrokh Bulsara) was born in the British protectorate of Zanzibar, East Africa (now part of Tanzania). In April 1970, Mercury joined guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor to form the band Queen. Despite reservations from the other members, Mercury is the one who chose the band’s name. He later said about the decision, “I was certainly aware of the gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it.” As a performer, Freddie Mercury was known for his flamboyant stage persona and powerful vocals over a four-octave range. His speaking voice fell in the baritone range, but Mercury delivered most songs in the tenor range.

Mercury wrote 10 of the 17 songs on Queen’s Greatest Hits album, including Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, We are the Champions and Killer Queen. He was known for his live performances, which were often given to stadium sized audiences. Over the course of his career, Mercury performed an estimated 700 concerts. He played the piano in many of Queen’s most famous songs. To date, Queen has released a total of 18 number one albums, 18 number one singles, and 10 number one DVDs. Queen has sold over 150 million albums worldwide, with some placing the estimate closer to 300 million.

When Freddie Mercury was not performing he was a very shy and retired man. Mercury was a bisexual, but he did not like to speak about his relationships. He was diagnosed with HIV in April of 1987. Freddie decided to hide his HIV status from the public for several years. By 1990, his physical appearance began to change. On November 23, 1991, Mercury gave a public statement indicating that he had contracted the AIDS virus. A little over 24 hours later, Freddie Mercury died, on the evening of November 24, 1991, at the age of 45, at his home in Kensington. The official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS. Mercury was the first major rock star to die of AIDS. There is little doubt that he has one of the greatest voices in music history.

  • jfreaker


    • Eumesmopo


      • evolutionhoax

        Don’t be a homosexual!

        • NRodman

          Yeah, because everyone knows you can only contract HIV or AIDS if you’re gay. STFU

        • Piotrek

          Don’t sleep around.

          • Piotrek

            With apologies to Arthur Ashe, RIP.

        • Paul

          Or an idiot

    • FreddieM

      Don’t sleep with monkeys!

      • strangelove

        Don’t do anything naughty?

    • ARSE

      Well they got what they deserved. Now they are burning in hell. Down with f*gs!!

      • emily_weirdnez

        is the doctors not testing the blood before they transfer it into a human? why do they always get it from blood transfusion?

        • Donated blood has been tested for AIDS since 1985. Before 1985 blood wasn’t being tested and so there was some blood, and blood product, in the system which was tainted.

      • You sure are an arse.

  • Shaneq

    Very interesting list. Lohans still safe though

    • Bill

      Wouldn’t bet my yardstick on it

  • max

    I only know Freddie Mercury..

    • Gravy

      Get out more then.

    • Human?

      I thought Keith Haring was still alive

      • constabledubs

        He’s been dead for about a decade now.

        • Superstarseven

          2 decades.

    • kibutz

      Mercury used to sing “Too Much Love Will Kill You”. Coincidentally, too much “love” might have killed him.


    wow.. all infected where either HOMOSEXUAL/BISEXUAL…

    • JMdP

      Or not.

      • Woodchuck Chuck

        I’m sure many were bilingual, yes…


        • deathface

          Do you get aids from speaking?

    • ChristineM

      yep, and anal sex increases your chances of infection….so what, you want them to stop? Something like 99.9% of breast cancer patients are women, does that mean we should all cut off our breasts?

      Instead of bothering the gays, try supporting the medical scientists fighting pathogens that want to destroy our species

    • The Claw

      Yup. No women. All men.

      • Woodchuck Chuck

        Wow, listverse censored my comment. It read the c word vertically, and I had gotten away with it too had it not been for those pesky moderators….

    • Kopmel

      Arthur Ashe wasn’t…….


    some got it from tainted blood transfusion…
    and dont expect the Gays to wear condom cause they are at the other end.

  • NeesahD22


  • sydmorrison

    Nice list only new Liberace and my love Freddie<3 I wish a better picture of him could have been used though lol


    some had it from tainted blood transfusion, and dont expect them (gays) to Wear Condom cause they are often at the “receiving end” -lol

    • VintageObsessive

      Didn’t you just post an equally ignorant comment a few seconds ago??

  • sami

    i’ve spent my undergrad years studying the virus and there are some definite leaps in technology in the works to address this. i hope something comes soon! the virus is so incredibly complex, but every piece we find completes the puzzle.

  • Mantou

    No Eazy-E?

    • screwjack

      yeah where’s Eazy #$&%*#@$% E ?!

      Tim Richmond (NASCAR) also

    • Nowhere

      My thought entirely.

      Before Eazy E died of AIDS it was widely ignored in America and consided something that only poor or gay people got (let us remember this was 15 years ago). Many people thought if they didn’t know they had it, it would go away on it’s own.

      After Eazy E died the number of black males getting checked for AIDS/HIV increased massively and has stayed high ever since.

      • watchout for fallout

        i made this point earlier (like a week ago) they have a New York Chalk artist but not one of the biggest proponents of the todays mainstream music scene.
        thats a REALLY F*&KIN BIG MISTAKE.

  • plum13sec

    Freddie was the man

  • Dejavu

    Ironically most of them were homosexuals. What does that mean?

    • diana

      It means that you need to educate yourself. AIDS does not discriminate. It happens to men and women, gay and straight, young and old. People’s sexual orientation is not the issue. The issue is that people should protect themselves and be smart when it comes to sex.

    • Ferrous

      It means two things:
      1. You do not understand what “irony” means, and
      2. You are a troll who enjoys making obviously inappropriate comments

      • DoNotFeedTheTroll

        i enjoy feeding trolls when a sign says not to :D

        • skywatcher

          Are you the one that always has to touch stuff with “Wet Paint” signs on it?

      • Dejavu

        Thank you! I was taught to be considerate towards people like you. It is alright.

      • Dejavu

        That was for Ferrous BTW.

    • Ivory Wyne

      That AIDS is passed through blood borne pathogens, and that the nature of homosexual sex increases the chance of infection, as does sharing a needle. What is your point? That homosexuality is bad? Then why are lesbians the least likely sexual group to contract AIDS? Grow up.

  • Steven Douglas

    First thought when I saw the title: “Freddie Mercury had better have made this list!” – and you didn’t disappoint. Freddie Mercury had the same thing going for him that Liberace had, and Ellen Degeneres has – a HUGE following of otherwise gay-bashing homophobic fans, who know that they are gay, but don’t care a whit and make an exception in their minds.

    • Jane Boon

      You had the exact same thought as me, I was going to give up ever reading these lists if he was not on it somewhere but, so rightly, he was number 1. His influence on people of all ages, gender, sexuality has been so profound. I hate that a talent, such as his has gone forever, but do believe that his influence post mortem has in some very small way made up for it.

  • DanF

    This is one of those lists that I feel it is insensitive to use the term ‘Top 10’.

    • DBW

      I agree! One upshot is it forces the discussion. The word “Top” could be deleted.

  • Frank lesnar

    And what a suprise all of them were homosexuals

    • Antihomophobia

      No they werent.. did you not read the list? 2/10 were heterosexual, one’s sexuality wasnt mentioned, and the list mentioned Tina Chow who was also a heterosexual. Get your facts straight.

  • corinthian0430

    boring list

  • Surya

    I feel sorry for Arthur Ashe, the only entry in the list, who had to succumb to AIDS, not because of any flawed lifestyle, but of a medical error.

    • Bullamakanka

      Isaac Asimov also.

    • DanF


      live in the stone age much?

      • Jericho

        Flawed = Gay lifestyle… You know Sodom and Gomorrah thing.

      • 12345

        you don’t think that having s.ex without condom or shooting heroin with dirty needles is flawed lifestyle?

        • bionicragdoll

          Being gay and having unprotected sex regardless of which gender it’s with is not a flawed lifestyle and it’s not right to pass judgement on other people when you know nothing about them other than their sexual orientation.

          • greg

            having sex without a protection or knowledge of your partners sexual history is a dick move regardless of sexual orientation. And nowhere did he mention homosexuality was connected with a flawed lifestyle

          • Surya

            The flaw lies not with being homos exual, it lies with being irresponsible in one’s se xual behavior.

        • zazzle


  • Ben


  • ann

    what about gia carangi??

    • forsythia

      I was Just going to say the same.

    • Greg

      Yeah, nice to have some other people notice that too :)

  • Baldguy

    “When Freddie Mercury was not performing he was a very shy and retired man.”

    I remember reading a RS article about Michael Jackson in 1982 that mentioned that his pal Freddy Mercury was swinging from a chandelier naked at a party that they both attended.

    Oh well, I’ve had moments like that meself. :-)

    Didn’t realize that he was born in Zanzibar. Fascinating fellow.

  • rocknrollmama

    Actually, there is a connection between homosexual men and HIV. From the research I’ve seen-how can I put it delicatly- the tissue involved in the love making procedure tears a little easier in homosexual sex. Very sad. Wear condoms, don’t share needles and get tested! Knowledge saves lives. Sad we had to lose these great people, but at least it brought attention to a scary disease.

    • Arsnl

      So you think only gay people engage in an*al sex?

      Cuz boy do i have a suprise for you. And it’s actually a pleasent one.

    • God loves us all

      Homosexual men have different tissues to heterosexual men? I can’t find anything on Google supporting this except weird stuff from mid last century, when being gay was considered a disease. Can you share a link or something? I find this very hard to believe.

    • Asterisk

      At first I thought you meant that homosexual people have different tissues from heterosexual people, which is of course a load of rubbish. The asterisks have made your comment difficult to understand. From what I can find on Google, the “back door” tissues as we shall call them are more open to infection in general, so maybe that’s what you meant? Besides, women largely catch it from what we shall term “front door” activities with infected men (the type that can end up with a pregnancy).

    • Oh jeez, you need an education

  • bi

    Where’s Eazy E, he’s considered the Godfather of gangsta rap

  • rocknrollmama


    • Surya

      Iamapersonwhodoesnot wanttosee peopledieearly.

  • Bez

    You forgot Steve Jobs, do you not read Wikileaks?

  • Jael

    Wait, no Isaac Asimov? He was one of the most influential science fiction writers in the 20th century (for those who might now know who he is, his novel I, Robot was the basis for the Will Smith movie). He died of AIDS in 1992 after contracting the disease through a tainted blood transfusion.

    • Daneel

      As soon as I saw this list I thought of Asimov. Pity he wasn’t on here.

  • Will Trame

    Somehow I knew that Freddie Mercury would top this list. Yes, he did have an outstanding voice and was an accomplished writer and pianist. I believe that he had a degree in graphic design as well.

    I’m not sure about his one, but I believe that author Nicholas Schaffner also passed from AIDs. A talented writer, he authored books about the British Invasion and the definitive Pink Floyd bio “A Saucerful of Secrets”.

  • Robbie

    A pity not to have Isaac Asimov in this list–he became infected from a blood transfusion. Thank goodness they check those things these days.

  • dandy

    Michel Foucault.

  • dragut

    What about Scott Ross, the famous harpsicordist?

  • Contraception

    Wear protection, kids!

  • Frowny Face

    If it weren’t for all the prejudice surrounding this awful disease and all the people who are eager to be angry and blame those who are different from them, people would have realised earlier how AIDS spreads and stopped giving to people via blood transmission. So sad.

  • Anon

    I’m surprised Klaus Nomi didn’t make the cut.

    Interesting fact: AIDS was once known as “GRIDS” or Gay Related Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

  • Bullamakanka

    Peter Allen (Aussie singer).

    • Bullamakanka

      Oh, and there was speculation that Yassir Arafat died from AIDS. Deserving, if true.

      • atti

        lol…this is bull$h33t

      • jericho

        Yassir Arafat was gay too? I thought muslims are not allowed to be gay?

        • JWynter

          Arafat was straight. AIDS does not discriminate, however I cannot say the same about you.

  • Ipso Facto

    Funny how they all died in the 80s/early 90s, why is that? Probably because they did not die from AIDS and because AIDS was and (to a slightly lesser extent, is) a scare tactic used by governments worldwide. THERE IS NO AIDS.

    • DanF

      Or it could be that people lacked the education about HIV and AIDs that we have today.

      • JustSayin’

        And because medications like AZT weren’t introduced until the early ’90s. Your ignorance is staggering.

        There’s always some nutty conspiracy theorist posting on these articles.

      • JustSayin’

        Sorry, DanF. My comment was meant for Ipso Facto.

    • Ipso Facto, you have just made one of the most ignorant, uninformed, vile and idiotic statements I’ve seen in a very long time, ipso facto, you are an idiot.

  • Jericho

    Most of these are fags. Get the connection?

    • DanF

      you could only dream of achieving a fraction of what these people have.

      No one cares fabout your bigotted, Ignorant and homophobic opinions

      • Jamie

        Who would achieved more in there life… Freddie Mercury a singer.

        or a Doctor who saves lifes
        or a Police officer who puts his life on the line.
        or a construction worker who provides homes for people to live in?

        Dont be so quick to think because there famous what they achieve is anymore important that what people do day to day.

        • Jamie

          EDIT: meant to say who has*

        • Dejavu

          What a wonderful thought! You are so very right!

        • So people shouldn’t be allowed to idolize singers like Freddy because he wasn’t a cop or doctor?

          Freddy made beautiful, fantastic music, that does a lot more for humanity than you think.

          • Jamie

            Where have i said anything about idolising, stop putting words in your own head.

            Unless you don’t understand the difference between idolising and achievements? Which could be very true.

          • What do people idolize others for? Achievements.

            FAME isn’t an achievement, YOU are under the delusion that Freddy hasn’t achieved as much as a doctor or cop, he’s only idolized and looked up to for his fame, not his music. For what his career was rather than what he contributed to society, which is far more than any of us could ever do.

            His music brought the world together and made people happy, THAT is just as much of an achievement as any. It’s just plain sad you don’t realize this.

      • mordechaimordechai

        you could only dream of achieving a fraction of what these people have.

        Except getting AIDS of course. i’m pretty happy about being healthy. I wouldn’t trade that for fame or success

      • You aren’t referring to me as your comment was made *before* mine, but it would be easier to understand to whom a comment is directed if you (the universal “you”) put a @commenter’sname before your comment.

        just an idea.

  • Napalm

    I thought the list was excellent. Was hoping to see Eazy-E though. Knew Freddie would make number 1. :)

  • Allie

    I was trying to guess who would be next as the list went on. I knew Freddy Mercury was goinng to be number one b/c he is a rock legend. I had never heard of the boxer that died of AIDS. Such a terrible diesease. I wish this list would have included more straight people as not to perpetuate the myth that HIV is a “gay” diesease but it’s understandable that these people were the most notable. I also think Ryan White should have been on this list. Or as an honorable mention or something. He was a big figure in the fight against AIDS and the changing of people’s perceptions of the diesease.

  • G man


  • Modeman

    Great to see this list for AIDS awareness! Also, Roy Cohn anyone?

  • Cookie

    No Klaus Nomi or Isaac Asimov ? You must fix this issue on your next list.

  • Julius

    Excellent list. Too bad it draws more trolls than a pile of dung draws flies.

  • oouchan

    I knew of almost all of these. Sad that we haven\’t found a cure. Even more sad how some groups are demonizing condom use. They know who they are. Evil.

    It\’s no longer a gay disease. It has spread to heteros and if I\’m correct the fastest growing group is the elderly.

    With stem cell research, we might have a chance. Hope those same certain groups go back to their cave and quit sticking their noses in science where it don\’t belong.

    Excellent list.

    RIP Freddie…..I so miss you.

    • oouchan

      If I’m correct, today marks AIDS Awareness Day.
      So remember to cover it up people!

  • t3 the third

    He died of AIDS too.

  • Nicosia

    My son’s middle name is Mercury! We love Queen :D
    His daddy wanted to name him “Floyd” for Pink Floyd, but I said “No way!”

  • 63jax

    Kids if you are homos at least wear a ”hat”. Ughhhhhhhh….i know, i know, i am homophob

  • Spins4fun

    Most of these folks died on the early to mid 80’s because we didn’t have the anti-retroviral and other aids drugs available that we do now. Gee, they were developed because of the aids epidemic. As far as why it first showed in the gay populations, research the lifestyle in the gay community in the late 70”s onward. Keywords include amyl nitrate, bathhouses, and promiscuity. No I am not a homophobe just a medical historian.

  • Nice to see some more great lists! I’ve been a fan of this site for years and I don’t know how they do it, but they do it well! Keep it up!

  • vanowensbody

    Nice list.

  • should i be alarmed if i don’t even recognize 90% of the people listed?

    • Avenger

      Alarmed, no. Embarrassed…… YES

  • Mateo Cuervo

    RIP Mercury we will always miss you & your music

  • Airy

    What, no Easy-muthafuckin-E?

  • 1. AIDS is a terrible disease.

    2. In developed countries, it’s mostly, but not entirely, limited to homosexual men and intravenous drug users. In undeveloped countries, it’s endemic.

    3. Preventing AIDS in developed countries is fairly simple: adapt your behavior in such a way as to prevent infections. Condoms work (mostly) for sexual contact, although abstinence, like it or not, is the best prevention. Don’t do intravenous drugs.

    4. If you do participate in risky behavior, regular testing is a no-brainer.

    5. People who hate on AIDS victims for whatever reason are silly and should be ignored and mocked.

    • David Hopkins

      “If you do participate in risky behavior, regular testing is a no-brainer.”

      An HIV test may display a false negative, particularly if tested in the early stages.
      (That is, the doctor says the patient does not have AIDS, when the patient actually does).

    • More straight people in developed countries have and spread HIV than gays. It’s a simple majority reason, there are more straight than gay people.

      In undeveloped countries it’s a lack of knowledge and testing that spreads it. Some still think intercourse with virgins will cure HIV/AIDS

      • David Hopkins

        A virgin can have AIDS if he/she contracted it from a blood transfusion, or through a drug-injection needle.

        • What I was saying is that in 3rd world countries with a lack of knowledge about HIV/AIDS, it spreads because of misconceptions.

          One of those misconceptions is that if you have sex with a virgin, it will cure your HIV, I’ve heard about how in Africa some people have sex with infants to try and cure their HIV.

  • forklift jones

    great job as usual for focusing on the trolls and the people missing off the list. that’s truly more important.

  • Memeito

    AIDS is God’s punishment for homosexuality!

    • Maggot

      Not falling for this hackneyed cliché troll-bait, except to say – unfortunately there are people who actually think this. Little do they realize how that only makes their own “lifestyle” of ignorance more condemnable than the lifestyles of those they are arrogantly trying to condemn.

      • OmegaMan

        Well said, Maggot.. :)

    • flores

      yeah you right

  • atchimu

    Since there is such a large percentage of AIDS death in Africa, does that mean there are a lot of Homosexuals there? Or could it mean that, AIDS doesn’t have anything to do with homosexuality at all and the notion that it is, is laughable to any logical person?

    HIV is not a gay disease. Nope. All of us are at risk in getting HIV from unsafe sex or other modes of blood to blood contact, like sharing needles. Television talk shows and all those fundamentalist/conservative/family values groups are chock full of flaky, clueless lightweights who made up their minds twenty years ago that HIV is a product of the so-called “gay lifestyle” and it’s God’s wrath on homosexuals. These poor creatures are so invested in this myth that they are incapable of hearing the truth. They continue to spew their self-righteous, delusional feculence to the detriment of all humanity. They are, in fact, shameless, insidious prevaricators driven solely by their irrational loathing and fear of homosexuality.

  • bionicragdoll

    Interesting note: A lot of hemophiliacs in the 70’s were contracting AIDs from the blood transfusions so they had to choose between possibly bleeding to death because of a bruise or contracting AIDs because of something that’s supposed to save them.

    • It wasn’t a choice they knew had to be made. It wasn’t until much later that the tainted blood/transmission via transfusion information was available.

  • Kane

    I heard it started cos some guy had s.ex with a monkey… probably not true. anyway… its a little surprising that alot are gay, and im sure getting a *ahem* s.ex organ in your anus would hurt without a lubricant, so you’d think they’d use a condom… gays are good people, why do they have to die? How about the christians getting aids. cept they probably dont believe in it

  • BryanJ

    This article was put together out of respect for people who have died from AIDS. It was submitted as a list of 20, but was too long and cut into two articles. All of the people mentioned in the comments as not appearing are included in the second half of the list.

    • Magnumto

      Excellent, excellent list, Bryan! I only knew half of these, but Rock Hudson was the only one I knew died from AIDS. Man, I hope you make your living as a writer, because you’re sure good at it. Thanks!

      • Zen Angel

        Would like to have seen Ryan White, the child who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion and became an activist, as well as Muppetter Richard Hunt.

  • Tannerm

    So when you say notable people you mean notable men?

    • Get a grip!

      The word “people”, the words “men” and “man” for that matter, has always been used as gender-neutral when referring to groups.

  • mom424

    Sad list this morning. Knew most of the entries, didn’t make it any less sad. Even worse are some of the comments.

    People don’t understand that it’s just a fluke that the AIDs epidemic hit the gay community first, well maybe not a fluke…..

    Due to the horrible prejudice against gay folk, gay men in particular, fast, anonymous s e x became the norm. They had wives, pretend girlfriends, lived a lie – and then snuck around at night in order to be themselves. That type of behavior provides an ideal environment for the AIDs virus to flourish. A behavior that we as a society forced upon gay men – we also condemn them for. Who needs the pity? I think it’s us.

    In Africa that fast, quick, anonymous s e x was provided by a thriving prostitution business; every shanty town has tons of poor women willing to service transient workers, such as truck drivers etc. They don’t believe in condoms, and so they become infected. Become infected and go home to their wives and kids. And infect them too. Same behavior, same outcome.

    AIDs is NOT a homo s e x ual disease, it is an opportunistic Human/Primate disease.

    PS: I cried when I saw the last Freddy Performance. What a waste.

    • oouchan

      You said it well. I also saw his last performance. He was and still is the best voice that has ever come out of music. Many know him for his rock songs, but not many know his opera ones. I have a list that my sister gave me. It’s awesome to listen to.

      This one raises the hair on my arms.

      • mom424

        Thanks for that – my favorite as well. Saw it broadcast live from the Barcelona Olympics. Still sends shivers up my spine.

    • JustSayin’

      mom, you are exactly right. Gays are subjected to so much abuse from some segments of society, and of course it was even worse in earlier times. I love the irony that we’re prevented in so many places from having legally recognition of our relationships, often with even our own families disapproving and refusing to acknowledge those who we love, while at the same time being condemned by society at large for the promiscuous behavior that for so long defined us. It’s time for society to make up its mind: either allow us to live our lives openly and with dignity, or shut the f*** up about the “sexual immorality” that your constant denial of our very being singlehandedly created.

      By the way, Jamie–what’s with the puritanical word filtering on here? It’s okay for some ignorant homophobe to write “fag,” but a word like “homosexual” gets the asterisk treatment? What kind of delicate, Puritanical readership do you take us for?

  • Dammit. What a huge loss Freddie was. Still brings a tear to my eye.

  • Yafeelluck?

    Kevin peter hall?

    • Hatry


  • arkzist

    what no mention of Isaac Asimov or Richard hunt? I’m disappointed

  • Me

    where the hell is Eazy E?

    • skin2win

      look him up under”crap-star, wanna-bes”

  • David Hopkins

    What about Ryan White? He had AIDS when the disease was newly discovered and people did not know much about it. He had contacted it from a contaminated blood sample as a baby to treat hemophilia. White was ostracized and banned from attending school because people believed it could be spread as easily as a cold or flu. (If that were true, all people on Earth would probably be dead by now).

    The quote in the introductory paragraph, “However, the majority of people with the virus don’t know they have it” is particularly disturbing because, counting on this information, AIDS and other STDs could be spread even between faithful married partners if one spouse does not know they’re infected and all they want is to start a family.

    • BryanJ

      Good call on Ryan White. For this list I stuck to people made famous by something different from being associated with AIDS.

  • marcus

    I expected to see Eazy E. He should be under top 5.

    • skin2win

      Yeah, read where it says “notable”, not copy-cat , hack.

  • skin2win

    Say wt u want about Freddy Mercury being gay, but he could Really , Really,… polish a lizard…

  • James

    Eazy-E. Nuff said.

  • OmegaMan

    On the other note – and tell me if I have missed it – who won that iPad? Or rather iPads – there were two, if I am remembering it correctly.

  • Maggie

    What about Mr. Brady, Robert Reed? To me that was always the most shocking AIDS death. And I agree with the commentariat that Eazy E should have been on this list. And one more thing. Is everyone dying of AIDS in Africa living a gay lifestyle? I really don’t think so. Ignorance is not bliss people, grow up.

  • S

    No Isaac Asimov? Bad list.

  • Frances Black

    how can you not put ryan white on this list? that doesn’t even make sense. He’s a good part of the reason AIDS research started getting funding

  • watch out for fallout


  • Lizzie

    Kinda surprised to see NOT ONE woman on this list; I thought for sure Gia Carangi would be on it. Good, but sexist.

  • Hestie

    Firstly, great list, as always. I knew Freddy would be there. That man sure was a legend. Second, thank heaven the comments are way down at the bottom otherwise I would have stopped visiting this site ages ago. Really, barely 10% of comments are useful and make any logical sense. Can’t we keep the 12year olds who just feel the cyber-bullying needs’ comments off? And PLEASE people, stop being overly-sensitive every time anything is being said about homosexuals. Can’t we say the name anymore without half the crowd jumping on their feet ready to defend it!!! Jeez!!

    • Homophobia is like racism, it’s pure bigotry that needs to be squashed, so no, let people rip homophobes apart.

      If you pay attention people are getting upset because some idiots still think HIV is a gay disease, not because people are just mentioning gays.

  • Ken

    Never heard of Keith Haring, Howard Ashman, Esteban de Jesus or Perry Ellis. The rest are pop stars, actors, entertainers or sportsmen. Hardly a great loss to the human race. Perhaps I have a different definition of ‘notable’.

    • Have you been living in a cave?

  • sumonto sen

    R.I.P the great Freddie..

  • Bob

    What about Isaac Asimov and Eazy-E?

  • MT

    Max Robinson-famous American TV news journalist.
    Eric Wright (Eazy-E)- Rapper and pioneer of Gangster Rap.
    Ryan White-The face of childhood AIDS.

    How could they have not made this list?

  • Harold

    Isaac Asimov ?!?

  • tomtusa

    NASCAR flamboyant driver Tim Richmond

  • Miss

    Derek Jarman

  • Hippie

    There is also Tom Fogerty of CCR fame.

  • A Person

    None of these people actually died from aids. They just died from the minor diseases that AIDS made their immune systems too weak to fight off.

    • Maggot

      Because I am such a nice guy, I thought it would be considerate to wait awhile before replying to you, so that you could bask a little longer in the warm glow of delusion that your comment was so incredibly astute. When you decide to actually read the list, do pause for a moment to take a gander at the opening paragraph, where this is already covered somewhat thoroughly. Then, pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

      • said much more nicely than I would have Maggs. Said much nicer than deserved, in fact.

  • Dr Love

    Magic johnson!

    • Johnson isn’t *DEAD*

  • Ivory Wyne

    What about Robert Reed??? Come on, Papa Brady was the father to a generation!

  • Lau

    What about Gia Carangi the supermodel who died of aids at the age of 26?

  • What can you say about Freddie Mercury !! I had a golden and immense experience of seeing Queen live in concert on July 20, 1982 at the old Boston Garden. There was not a seat to be found that evening. Freddie was a very good pianist, his voice was perfect for the genre of all rock n’ roll music. He wrote or co-wrote most of there songs as a lot of them we’re not just rock n’ roll and had classical music touches to it (“Bohemian Rhapsody” and “The Millionaire Waltz” are two that come to mind). Freddie was by far and without a shadow of a doubt the most dramatic, bravura and larger-than-life performer that I had ever seen in my life. When they reunited without Freddie and hired Paul Rodgers (of Bad Company and Free popularity), I found that to be just totally insane to the point where I was appalled by that decision. Yes, Freddie was bi-sexual, but I had heard that his homosexuality really got out of control toward the end of his life. When I purchased there last album entitled “Innuendo”, The album cover shows the 4 members sitting on a floor with their legs crossed and all of their musical equipment behind them. I looked at the album cover, looked at Freddie and said to myself “Uh-Oh, something is not right”. A few months later I then heard on the news that he contracted double pneumonia and then I knew he was dying from AIDS. He died one week later. If you want to see something quite amazing, go onto YOU TUBE and type in the name Gary Mullin who is the lead singer of a Queen tribute band. He is regarded as the world’s greatest impersonator of Freddie. Trust me, you will almost think that it is him with his voice, mannerism, facial appearance and the flare for dramatics that Freddie was so known for. One last thing, Its hard to believe that the 20th anniversary of his death was just a couple of weeks ago. He was nothing short of amazing………….

    • Maggot

      Good post, man. I was fortunate to have seen Queen live as well. 1978, Oakland (CA) Coliseum Arena. An awesome show.

  • To Lau, I saw the movie entitled “Gia” starring Angelina Jolie as Gia. What an incredibly sad and depressing movie that is. Good Call on your part for mentioning her

  • Hanson

    Isaac Asimov

  • LittleAlex

    Don’t know if it has been said already, but no Robert Mapplethorp?

  • trfan01

    No Robert Reed? FAIL No the guy from The Real World (name escapes me)? FAIL

    Otherwise, good list. I have a brother who’s lived with HIV for several years, but he’s doing good so far.

  • No Eric “Eazy-E” Wright?

  • RoverGrover

    You did not include Asimov. This list is invalid.

    • BryanJ

      Asimov was placed at 15 on the full article of 20. After reading more about his life. I might have considered putting him in the Top 10.

  • bob

    RIP Freddie

  • jdj

    what about eazy-e?

  • Chels

    Um, Jonathan Larson.

    • BryanJ

      I considered Larson and for all those who have mentioned Easy-E (by far the most commented on person), he is number 20 on the full list of 20.

  • Dave

    What about Eazy-E?

  • Sgt. York

    I understand AIDS was responsible for the breakup of The Smiths…

  • mordechaimordechai

    i miss my moustache! i’m growing a full beard right now for christas eve.

    it will be gone the 13th day of christmas. all this has no relation with the list but that’s a good thing

  • Ichabod

    No Eazy-E….how un-gangster……..

  • WafflesWafers

    Too bad I only knew 4 in this list. Keith Haring, Anthony Perkins, Liberace and Freddie Mercury. But this list is a great list, especially for World AIDS Day (December 1).

  • LolaGlass

    This should be Top Ten Famous MEN who died from AIDS-related illnesses

    • BryanJ

      It was remarkably difficult to come up with famous women who have died from AIDS. For this article I did not include anyone who has gained notoriety from an AIDS death or political activism, such as Ryan White or Kimberly Bergalis. Kimberly was one of six people who died after being infected with HIV at her dentist. The incident was the first known case of clinical transmission of HIV. In the article I did mention fashion icon Tina Chow in the opening and on the original list of 20 people, Gia Carangi is number 14. Please contribute some famous women who have passed away from AIDS-related disease.

  • This was the most emotionally difficult to read I’ve ever encountered on LV.

    I’ve had far too many friends and acquaintances die of this horrible scourge. Out of my Uni graduating class, with majors in photography, art, and theatre, close to 1/3 died of AIDS or AIDS related illnesses within 20 years. One death was a murder/suicide because of AIDS, a horrifying story in and of itself. Of just the names on this list two were acquaintances; Anthony Perkins, (whose wife, Berry Berenson, a wonderful photographer and actor in her own right and who died on 9/11 as a passenger on AA flight 11) and Rock Hudson (whom I last saw at a mutual friend’s birthday party just 7 weeks before Rock died).

    With a sort of horrible foreshadowing, I remember hearing a report of a strange and fatal illness in 1977 in the San Francisco area. A number of Samoan men contracted a lethal pneumonia which killed them after only a few days. The first symptom of their illness and death was a vivid nightmare after which, within a week, the pneumonia would strike them down. When I heard the radio news report about this strange illness, the thought occurred to me that this was the beginning of something truly awful.

    There is no way to stress sufficiently the need to make smart choices in one’s behavior. This is one illness which can be avoided by simply taking the correct precautions, although that hasn’t always been the case (tainted blood transfusions, a real threat in the early years, have almost ceased).

    Be smart.

    Be aware.

  • harry belafonti

    What about Fela Kuti. I can’t believe they didn’t include him on the list. I guess he was only famous and important world wide and not in the U.S. so he doesn’t really matter.

    • BryanJ

      Good call. Fela Kuti would have been a good person to include. It was interesting reading about his life. I never heard about him before.

  • TheSixthPistol

    Where’s Eazy-E?

    • Dustin Bullard

      Thats what Im sayin..

  • GoSeaHox

    You neglected to put Easy-E on this list. He’s better known than half the people on this list. Additionally, his death (like Freddy Mercury, he concealed his illness until the end) woke people up to the fact that the disease was not confined to the gay male community.

  • Normak


  • Handrejka

    Informative list, but I feel some women could have been included, Karen Dalton, Gia, Amanda Blake for example

  • Lifeschool

    A generally well put-together list, kinda Amero-centric but thats ok. (I don’t want to start those stupid ‘too American’ comments again). My only critisism was the line about Freddie Mercury being shy and retiring. Bull! He was a very outgoing personality – and liked all kinds of outlandish nocturnal activities.

    Notable omission for any UK readers: Kenny Everett.

  • Sam

    I skipped the list just to make sure Fred was #1

  • Here is a list of notable people who HAVE died of AIDS : 1). Peter Allen (pianist, entertainer), 2). Robbin Crosby (lead guitarist for the Heavy Metal Rock Group, RATT), 3). Tom Fogarty (of the Rock Group CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL), 4). Chuck Panazzo (Bass Player for the Rock Group STYX), 5). John Holmes (Adult Movie Star) 6). John Curry (1976 Olympic Gold Medalist in Figure Skating) 7). Halston (Fashion Designer)

  • Anonymous

    This is the most sophomoric, puritanical, anti-gay, pseudo-historical, biased set of biographies I’ve ever read.

  • theoutlawtorn1080

    I wouldve included Eric “Eazy E” Wright on this list. He was one of the driving forces that brought “gangsta rap” as well as all of hip hop to the fore front. With his death, he helped to break the stereotype that only gay people get aids.

  • You could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw some of the comments regarding the fact that Issac Asimov had died from AIDS. I looked it up on the wikipedia and sure enough, that’s how he died. It was explained that his death from AIDS was a very closely kept secret by his family and colleagues for around a decade before the truth became clear. I am still in shock over that……….

  • It was actually one of Freddie’s dying wish to sing with Monserrat Cabelle as she happily agreed to sing with him. I would have to say that singing with who many regard as the most sought after and beautiful sounding operatic sopranos (Cabelle) of today has to tell you the testimony of how unbelievably great Freddie Mercury was. I will always miss him………

  • Sudferta

    They are all males you know, the model Gia was quite famous

  • Dustin Bullard

    Whats wrong with people these days… Nobody shows respect to The Godfather of Gangsta Rap, Eazy Muthaphukkn E Tha Hip Hop Thugtsa. He died from AIDS and I believe he should be number 1 on this list.

  • craig

    no eazy-e eh>?

  • Mabel

    Freddie Mercury. :( What an exquisite voice.

  • king_o3o

    My expectancies-
    Easy E

  • NAdr

    Randy Shilts should be on this list. ‘And The Band Played On’ is THE definitive work on AIDS.

  • If anyone has any doubts about why Freddie Mercury is on this list or even belongs on this list, I will give you a fact that I read. SPIN magazine had a readers poll on the greatest albums of all time albeit to the late 1990’s and voted Queen’s first five albums as the top GREATEST albums ever recorded. I pondered that for a couple of days and concluded that I had no argument about it.

  • Rrroberttt

    How the fuck is this relevant? What’s the point of this in this article? It’s as if you want to make sure people know he deserved it. Ridiculous.

    “It remains unclear exactly how Haring got HIV, but it has been speculated that he received the virus through unprotected sexual intercourse or drug use.”

  • Maggot : Thanks for replying with your kind words for my opinion of Freddie. I will always miss him………

  • gigi

    There is only one reason AIDS is stereotyped as a “gay” disease. Ignorance. Most people honestly believe that if you can’t get pregnant, there’s no need to worry about protection. This is one of the reasons AIDS is growing among hetero couples; birth control pills are becoming easier and easier to obtain, creating false sense of security. As a bi woman, I find it a sad irony that during my same-sex relationships I had no problems, yet even after going through testing and the vaccination process I ended up with hpv from my husband.

  • marklol

    dont do homosexuals..

  • Steve

    This list sucks no Eazy-E or Wilt Chamberlain


    • Wilt Chamberlin died of congestive heart failure, not AIDS. You must mean Ervin “Magic” Johnson. Johnson does have AIDS, discovered during a routine physical prior to the 2001 Lakers season. Now, although the AIDS virus is undetectable in his system, he is not *cured*.

  • Thewildone91

    Protection does GREATLY reduce the chances of getting AIDS, but it doesn’t completely eliminate the possibility. A lot of people are passing judgement because you automatically assume that they didn’t use protection. While I’m sure that’s true in most cases, it’s not true in all of them. It’s a common misconception that if you use protection, you won’t get AIDS. Not true. Condoms are netted. The AIDS virus can slip through. People still get pregnant while using condoms. Educate yourselves before you judge someone else.

  • Shann

    Ryan White? Forgot a notable person who died from aids!

  • For your information, Freddie Mercury was BI-SEXUAL but in the last ten years of his life, his homosexuality really became out of control. He even knew that he had it at Live Aid Concert on July 13th, 1985 some 6 1/2 years before he succumbed to AIDS

  • To S : I am completely shocked that Issac Asimov was gay and had died of AIDS. I looked it up in the wikipedia and you are absolutely right. Plus the fact that he was married and had children. The problem was that his death from AIDS and that his bi-sexually was kept so secretly that the real truth came out 10 years after he died. Fascinating blog on your point

  • I am enjoying people using the word “fag”. Go to the United Kingdom and say that word and you will be handed a cigarette which is the British slang term for a cigarette. Believe me, I have been to Scotland twice in my life and it is absolutely true.

  • I agree with you G man, its not just homosexuality that causes it. Blood transfusions and dirty needles are also a cause and probably many more. But that AIDS anacronym that person used was very distasteful.

  • bruce!!

    What about the NWA rapper Easy-E? his death brought awareness to the hip-hop community of the gravity of the epidemic.

  • Doc

    Why did you not include Denholm Elliott, the great British actor who played Marcus Brody in two Indiana Jones movies? Certainly he was more notable than Keith Haring.

  • Alex

    what a shame, seeing from the above comments people are obviously still ignorant and uneducated when it comes to the scientific facts surrounding the HIV virus.

  • john

    This guy is an old nutfuck

  • Ryan

    Where is Eazy-E on this list?

    • Did you bother to read the comments before posting this?

      I thought not.

      The absence of Easy-E from the list has been commented on **18** times already!!!!!!!!!


  • joebecca

    of course they were mostly gay at first, thats who the US government targeted when they created the virus.

    • You need a brain.

      • I agree with you segues. As an example. People always thought that Freddie Mercury, the singer for QUEEN was 100% homosexual. NOT TRUE. He was BI-SEXUAL. The only problem is that his homosexuality took completely over with him in the final 10 years of his life. How do I know ? I used to work as a stagehand for 3 years and toured the Northeast part of the United States with internationally known acts. My immediate boss was a lighting director for QUEEN for 2 years and he himself told me about Freddie’s private life.

  • And Freddie had a live in girlfriend during the mid to late 1970’s named Mary Austin who eventually got married, had a child, and named Freddie to be the godfather of the child. I am willing to bet that its in the wikipedia

  • Your mums gay

    I LIKE idiots that voice their opinions due to ignorance

  • Sick of Political Correctness

    It is not a coincidence, or a “fluke,” that the epidemic started in the gay community. Here is what the gay lifestyle was really about in the 1970s/early 1980s (Hint: Not quite like the movie “Milk”): Anonymous sex with random strangers in “bathhouses” while under the influence of amyl nitrate (i.e., “poppers”). Somehow, somewhere, at some point a relatively scarce virus was picked up by a promiscious homosexual and subsequently spread to other promiscious homosexuals through the aforementioned lifestyle (some of these promiscious homosexuals even intentionally flooded the blood banks with the virus so the virus would get more attention from the public). All of this is ultimately how HIV went from being a relatively obscure virus, probably about as uncommon as Ebola, to becoming a virus that infects millions.

    Last but not least, here is a little something they do not generally share in sex ed classes for fear of being accused of being politically incorrect: The easiest way to become infected with HIV through sexual intercourse is by having an infected male stick his member into your bodily hole that was designed for letting things pass, not enter (hence the common occurrence of tearing). Wear condoms, do not engage in the aforementioned activity, and you are not likely to become infected (even if you sleep around a lot, which is obviously not recommended).

  • eazyfan101

    No eazy e?!?!?!? Whaaaa?

  • Hi angelstyx. You’ve hit the nail right on the head 100% again this time in regards to this “ARSE” guy and his comment. Maybe he should pay more attention to No.5 on this list. Perhaps he can learn something, unless he’s illiterate which would not surprise me.

  • Rahat Haque

    No Easy E?

  • Mejasourus

    So what if the people on the list all were homosexual! Not only gays can get it, plenty of straight people can as well. People need to stop being so close-minded. Makes me sick.

  • Rodney

    If only aids would step up and kill off the rest of the queers.

  • Maxie

    Always practice safe sex, and use clean needles if need be, and be aware of contaminated blood exposure. Now that should make sense…….

  • Bridget.

    Here in South Africa a high proportion of HIV-AIDS sufferers are babies born to infected mothers, or who’ve been infected through breast milk. Many of these mothers are themseles, victims of rape. The mjority of HIV+ people in S.A are heterosexual. The school curriculum includes education about HIV. HIV is no longer death sentence thanks to ARVs.

  • real

    I hate that gay/bisexual people don’t own up to this. They say don’t discriminate its not discrimination its a fact. Aids came from the gay community. anyone that has aids that is straight they got it from someone somewhere that was gay or on the down low. So argue all u want facts are facts own up!!

  • real

    Down low gay men brought aids into the heterosexual World period. argue and make up excuses all u want its true.

  • peter8172

    I find it interesting that the 10 people listed above all died within an 8 year period and that 6 of them died between 1990 – 1993

  • h.mjunaid

    muslims great

  • My eyes got very teary reading this list. this was just a small representation of the many lives that AIDS has claimed. It is even more important to remember those who have gone and not let their memory die in vain.

  • well that is one view that is growing out of popularity. In the late 1950’s

    Dr Hilary Koprowski was developing a Polio vaccine in the congo, Because he could not do trials on humans in the United States at that time. Although it was disputed and deneighed, the vaccine was developed using primates that had SIV. the monkey version of HIV. Along with being vaccinated blood samples were taken from the test subjects, which were later tested and found to have HIV. In the 1970’s there was an epidemic of people coming down SLIMS disease, which was later to be renamed AIDS. So to blame the GLBT community for the spread of the disease just shows you probably have been on an island somewhere, otherwise you would know that is mislabeled blame. The American Red Cross and the Blood Banks of America were in no rush to screen the blood supply available at that time. So it may have come out in the Gay community first. But it was just a matter of time before it would spread to every walk of life.

  • anne marisa

    How are these people ranked? What makes a ‘top’ person? Is one person ranked ‘higher’ than another person? Is one AIDS death more noteworthy than another?

  • packs&packs&packsofsmokes

    where is Eazy E???? lol where is John Holmes?? lol no kidding. good list

  • Amilink


  • Ashley

    Why is the majority of this list homosexual? AIDS and HIV strike people of all races, genders, ages, religions and orientations. This list should list people who are not homosexual as well.

  • Ashley

    Also, where is Ryan White?

    Just saying also, all this hatred on here, it is astounding.

  • Jj

    Well let’s splice hairs shall we? Ok so two people on the list were not gay. But EIGHTY percent of the people on there were! So you STFU! Noone on here can honestly say that being gay isn’t a HUGE risk. Not to mention the fact that its utterly disgusting! I challenge anyone on here to say that when a man puts his penis in another mans poop chute and ejaculates in it isn’t the nastiest thing on earth! so go ahead and defend that!!!

  • peter8172

    For the upteenth time, Freddie Mercury was BI-SEXUAL. he had a significant other named Mary Austin. They split up amicably and when Ms. Austin had her first child with her husband, she asked if Freddie would be the Godfather. It was from the very early 80’s until his death on Nov.24, 1991, that his homosexuality took off and it never stopped. His AIDS Virus was diagnosed just before Queen’s performance at Live AID on July 13th, 1985.

  • Name

    Ummmmm Eazy-E??

  • Ian Osborne

    No Ryan White? He was the teenager who fought to be allowed to attend his high school after he tested positive (from a tainted transfusion) and was kicked out. He ultimately prevailed.



  • Rad

    Freddie Mucury what a lose of such a brilliant voice!

  • Krazycnte

    They left out gianni versace who was murdered by lover for transmittin disease or rockerfeller

    • sharmini ratnakumar

      what a pity.ther is a girl called meera and anther is roshelle.they’ve been lesbians.what will happen.god only can help.hey’re way too much of thier ———————————– activities.

  • leon

    i knew before i clicked on the list that freddy mercury was going to be number 1

  • Jason Morel

    How are Rick James and Eazy-E not on here?