Celebrities with AIDS
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV causes the dreaded incurable disease called AIDS. This Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome disables the body’s immune system, and is a major worldwide cause of death. Because it cannot be treated, not even celebrities can escape its fatal clutches. These celebrities with AIDS know that.
Queen was undoubtedly one of the bestselling rock bands in all of history, and Freddie Mercury was at the forefront. His flamboyant stage antics and incredible vocal range made their music skyrocket to fame, and despite the gay connotations of the band’s name, Queen became a rock icon with Mercury saying that the name was “just one facet of it.” Among their hits are Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody to Love, and We Are The Champions. Mercury was not public about his relationships, but he was bisexual, and in April of 1987, he was diagnosed with HIV. He kept this hidden from the public until he announced that he had AIDS on November 23, 1991. Sadly, just about 24 hours after the public announcement, he passed away on November 24, 1991 at age 45 in Kensington due to bronchial pneumonia. And so, after about 700 live concerts, one of the celebrities with AIDS and the greatest rock icon ever sang his last.
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Gia Carangi died at such a young age.
She is considered to be the first supermodel, and her all-too-short career was incredibly fruitful. When Gia was only 17 years old, she signed a contract with Whilemina models, and started working with the best designers in the fashion industry.
Carangi was a natural, not to mention absolutely stunning, so she got huge contracts and was featured on the cover of magazines like Vogue Paris and Cosmopolitan. Unfortunately, Gia became addicted to cocaine and heroin after the death of her mentor, Wilhemina Cooper. Photographer Andrea Blanch referred to her saying: “She reminded me of James Dean, she was very cool, but she had a tremendous vulnerability.” In 1986, Gia was diagnosed with AISD-related complex, allegedly transmitted by needle use, and died one month later, at the young age of 26.
Another musical legend is famed pianist Liberace, who was the most paid solo pianist in the country during his time. His flashy outfits were always recognizable on whichever stage he performed in. At a very young age of four, he began to play the piano and was playing advanced pieces by seven. Much like Elton John, David Bowie, and Madonna, he was popular for his eccentric taste and the public loved him for it. He earned $138,000 just for one show in 1954, and $50,000 weekly in Las Vegas by 1955. He was also making $1,000,000 yearly from all his public appearances. In the late 80s though, his health began to suffer, and his publicists said that the cause was due to his watermelon diet. However, on February 4, 1987, one of the celebrities with AIDS passed away at age 67 due to cardiac arrest. The autopsy after his death revealed that he indeed had AIDS, and his final performance was on November 2, 1986 at New York Radio City Music Hall.
Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson
Among the celebrities with AIDS in this list, Magic Johnson is the only one who is still living, and wonderfully so. In the 1980s, he won five NBA championships and three MVP awards in the LA Lakers. This living legend is amazing on the court, but his reign had to stop in 1991 when he discovered he had HIV. He did come out of retirement for a few more hoops, but he finally retired for good in the 1996 season. After being diagnosed with AIDS, he then decided to spend his time and effort in letting the public know that the disease was not only something that can affect the gay community. He is now an admirable advocate for the prevention of AIDS, and he is promoting safe sex via his Magic Johnson Foundation.
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