Human immunodeficiency virus, better known as HIV, is the virus that causes HIV/AIDS. It’s been four decades when the first a patient diagnosed with HIV was found. Since then, HIV remains a frightening reality. HIV can affect anyone, male or female, young or old, celebrity or common man. In this article, we have the name of those celebrities who lost their battle against AIDS and said goodbye forever to this world.
1) Freddie Mercury
Born in 1946, Freddie Mercury was the first famous celebrity who died from AIDS. He was 45 years old when he died in the year 1991. Along with an actor, he was a record producer, pianist and singer.
2) Anthony Perkins
Veteran actor or handsome hunk of the Hollywood known for making girls go gaga over him died from complications with AIDS-related pneumonia in 1992. He was born in 1932 and was 60 years old when died.
3) Robert Reed
Famous for his role of Mike Brady in the “The Brady Bunch”, actor Robert Reed was diagnosed with HIV positive. He died in 1992. He was also 60 years old at the time of his death.
4) Amanda Blake
The beautiful actress Amanda was a popular name in the Hollywood’s TV industry. She was addicted to smoking that had led to her 1977 diagnosis of oral cancer, but she was also diagnosed with AIDS. Blake’s death certificate clearly reported that she passed away due to CMV hepatitis, an AIDS related illness. Her family also revealed later that she had contracted HIV from her fourth husband, Mark Spaeth, who died in 1985.
5) Rock Hudson
Born in 1925, one of the ace Hollywood actor Rock Hudson announced that he had AIDS in 1985 and shocked his fans. The actor died less than three months later.
6) Michael Jeter
Born in 1952 actor Michael Jeter died in 2003 when he was 50 years old. He died of AIDS as well.
7) Ian Charleson
Actor/Singer Ian Charleson announced he was diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and died of AIDS-related complications in 1990. He was 41 years old.
8) Gene Anthony Ray
Actor Gene Anthony died from a stroke at age 41. He was born in 1962 and lost his battle with AIDS in 2003.
9) Tina Chow
Model and actor Tina Chow died from AIDS-related complications in 1992 when she was 42 years old. She was born in 1950 and died in 1992.
10) Colin Higgins
Film Producer, screenwriter, actor and film director Colin Higgins died of AIDS-related causes in 1988 at the age of 47.