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11 Celebrities Who Suffered From HIV/AIDS

AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) is a spectrum of conditions caused due to infection from a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It was first discovered by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1981. It has been adversely affecting the society not only in terms of illness but also in terms of discrimination. Since its discovery, AIDS caused millions of deaths worldwide including the deaths of following celebrities.

11 Celebrities Who Suffered From HIV/AIDS

11 Celebrities Who Suffered From HIV/AIDS

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1. Gia Carangi

1. Gia Carangi

She was a supermodel was diagnosed with AIDS and died of a related illness in 1986. She is also known to have got addicted to heroin in the later days of her life.

2. Magic Johnson

2. Magic Johnson

He is a retired American professional basketball player. He is famous as he played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 seasons. In 1991, Magic Johnson retired from the NBA after announcing that he was HIV positive.

3. Kevin Peter Hall

3. Kevin Peter Hall

He is known for his role as 'Predator'. Kevin contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion.

4. Freddie Mercury

4. Freddie Mercury

He announced that he had AIDS only after he turned to an age of 45 years. He himself got to know about the disease when he was 41 and just within 24 hours after declaration to the public, he passed away.

5. Michael Jeter

5. Michael Jeter

His role in the film 'The Green Mile' is most recognizable. He died when he was 50 years old from an epileptic seizure though it couldn't be clarified how far the AIDS had its role in his death.

6. Eazy-E

6. Eazy-E

This renowned rapper and co-founder of the influential group N.W.A. died just one month after he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1995.

7. Pedro Zamora

7. Pedro Zamora

He was one of the first openly gay men with AIDS to be portrayed in popular media who also brought international attention to HIV/AIDS and LGBT issues and prejudices through his appearance on 'The Real World: San Francisco', MTV's reality television series. He was 22 years old when he died.

8. Keith Haring

8. Keith Haring

Haring is especially known for his distinctive artwork. He was openly gay and spent his life in spreading awareness about AIDS after he was diagnosed with same in 1988. He contracted AIDS through sex and died in 1990, at the age of 31.

9. Isaac Asimov

9. Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov was an American author who was most popular for his works of science fiction. Asimov suffered a heart attack in 1977, and had triple bypass surgery in December 1983. He died in New York City on April 6, 1992. Heart and kidney failure were reported as the cause of death by his brother Stanley. Ten years after his death it was revealed that the complications arose due to an infection by HIV, which he had contracted from a blood transfusion received during bypass surgery.

10. Jermaine Stewart

10. Jermaine Stewart

Born on September 7, 1957, Jermaine Stewart was an American R&B singer best known for his 1986 hit single "We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off". He died of AIDS-related liver cancer on March 17, 1997 at the age 39 in Illinois.

11. Rudolf Nureyev

11. Rudolf Nureyev

Rudolf was one of the most celebrated dancer of ballet and modern dance of the twentieth century. He was suffering from cardiac complications due to AIDS, when he died on Jan. 6, 1993, at age 54.

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