40 Famous Personalities Of The Past Who Had HIV

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, HIV, is one of the world’s most deadly killer diseases today. The condition leads to the failure of the human immune system allowing other ailments like cancer and pneumonia to thrive successfully. The virus which is transferred through body fluids and infected sharp objects, since its first clinical discovery in 1981, has claimed millions of lives including children and adults. Some HIV positive patients have been able to live with the disease for many years after being diagnosed, and so many too has died from it. This list contains famous personalities from different works of life all over the world, who were had HIV and had lost their lives either to AIDS or/and AIDS related health complications.

1. Robert Reed

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Colo-rectal cancer

Age: Died at 60 (1932-1992)

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2. Rock Hudson

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 60 (1925-1985)

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3. Ricky Wilson

Profession: Musician/Guitarist

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: Health complications due to AIDS

Age: Died at 32 (1953-1985)

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4. Andy Fraser

Profession: Musician/Guitarist

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 32 (1958-1990)

5. Glenn Burke

Profession: Baseball player

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 43 (1952-1995)

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6. Althea Flynt

Profession: Publisher

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Drug overdose

Age: Died at 34 (1953-1987)

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7. Robbin Crosby

Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Drug overdose

Age: Died at 43 (1959-2002)

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8. Fela Kuti

Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer, Multi-instrumentalist

Citizenship: Nigeria

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 59 (1938-1997)

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9. Gene Anthony Ray

Profession: Actor, Dancer

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: HIV, Stroke

Age: Died at 41 (1962-2003)

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10. Leonard Frey

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 50 (1938-1988)

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11. Tina Chow

Profession: Model, Jewelry designer

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 42 (1950-1992)

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12. Amanda Blake

Profession: Actress

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 60 (1929-1989)

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13. Paul Shenar

Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting, Teacher

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 53 (1936-1989)

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14. Michael Lupo

Profession: Serial killer

Citizenship: UK

Cause Of Death: Complications due to AIDS

Age: Died at 42 (1953-1995)

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15. Billy Lyall

Profession: Singer, Keyboard player

Citizenship: UK

Cause Of Death: Complications due to AIDS

Age: Died at 36 (1953-1989)

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16. Vito Russo

Profession: Activist, Film Producer, Actor, Writer, Film Historian

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS-related complications

Age: Died at 44 (1946-1990)

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17. Kevin Peter Hall

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS-related pneumonia

Age: Died at 36 (1955-1991)

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18. Tim Richmond

Profession: Race car driver

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Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 34 (1955-1989)

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19. Bill Gold

Profession: Ice Hockey Player

Citizenship: Canada

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 52 (1944-1996)

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20. Howard Rollins

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Lymphoma

Age: Died at 46 (1950-1996)

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21. John Curry

Profession: Figure Skater

Citizenship: UK

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Heart attack

Age: Died at 45 (1949-1994)

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22. Tom Waddell

Profession: Physician

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 50 (1937-1987)

23. David Hampton

Profession: Confidence artist

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 39 (1964-2003)

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24. Tom Fogerty

Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Tuberculosis

Age: Died at 49 (1941-1990)

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25. Gil Scott-Heron

Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Songwriter, Rapper, Musician

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 62 (1949-2011)

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26. Perry Ellis

Profession: Fashion designer

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS,  viral encephalitis

Age: Died at 46 (1940-1986)

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27. Steve Rubell

Profession:  Entrepreneur, Co-owner of the New York disco Studio 54

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Septic shock, Hepatitis

Age: Died at 46 (1943-1989)

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28. Tony Richardson

Profession:  Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Citizenship: UK

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 63 (1928-1991)

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29. Pedro Zamora

Profession: Reality star actor

Citizenship: Cuba

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 22 (1972-1994)

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30. Ian Charleson

Profession: Actor, Singer

Citizenship: UK

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 41 (1949-1990)

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31. Jerry Smith

Profession: Football player

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 43 (1943-1986)

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32. Denholm Elliott

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: UK

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Tuberculosis

Age: Died at 70 (1922-1992)

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33. Michael Jeter

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Asphyxia, Seizure

Age: Died at 51 (1952-2003)

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34. Freddie Mercury

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer

Citizenship: Tanzania

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Pneumonia

Age: Died at 45 (1946-1991)

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35. Dack Rambo

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 53 (1941-1994)

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36. Eazy-E

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 32 (1963-1995)

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37. Liberace

Profession: Pianist, Actor, Singer

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 68 (1919-1987)

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37. Timothy Patrick Murphy

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 29 (1959-1988)

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38. Brad Davis

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Drug overdose, Assisted suicide

Age: Died at 42 (1949-1991)

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39. John Holmes

Profession: Pornographic actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS

Age: Died at 44 (1944-1988)

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40. Merritt Butrick

Profession: Actor

Citizenship: US

Cause Of Death: AIDS, Toxoplasmosis

Age: Died at 30 (1959-1989)

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