The story of Freddie Mercury transcends time. This famous British singer, and lead vocalist for Queen, left a musical legacy that to this day remains present in the world’s collective imagination. In 1991 Mercury died of bronchopneumonia caused by HIV, just a day after publicly announcing that he had the disease.
Anthony Perkins is widely known for having starred in the acclaimed horror film Psycho, where he played a murderer. His role as owner of the Bates Hotel earned him an Academy Award nomination. Perkins, in life, said he had loving, sexual relationships with both men and women. At the end of his days, he was his wife and children stayed by his side as he was dying of HIV related pneumonia in 1992.
Rock Hudson was a film actor who shared the screen with the most acclaimed actresses of his time. Although his personal life was tumultuous and he went public about his homosexuality at a time when the topic was still taboo. Hudson was one of the first celebrities who died of AIDS. This caused a great controversy in the film industry. Elizabeth Taylor founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research in his honor.
Isaac Asimov was a renowned scientist in the field of biochemistry. Born in Russia, he moved to the United States at the age of three, where he had a prolific science career. During heart surgery in 1983, Asimov received a blood transfusion during which he contracted HIV, a condition that he kept hidden, due to prejudice and the impact that it might have on his career. It was only made known years later by his family.
Perry Ellis was an American fashion designer, born in 1940. He was the subject of multiple rumors about the cause of his death, which occurred in 1986, after suffering from viral encephalitis. Rumors that circulated indicated that Ellis had died of AIDS, as his then partner, Laughlin Barker, had died of Kaposi’s sarcoma, which is often related to the disease.
Cecil Antonio Richardson, better known on stage and in film as Tony Richardson, was a famous film director who went on to win the Academy Award in that category in 1964. Richardon was married several times, but in his private life he was openly bisexual, a fact that he publicly announced in 1991, after being diagnosed with HIV. Months later, he died from complications of the disease.
Arthur Ashe was the first African-American tennis player to win singles titles at both Wimbledon and the Australian and US open, leaving a legacy that lives on today. Ashe publicly declared in 1992 that he was suffering from HIV, a disease he contracted during a blood transfusion and which ultimately led to his death from complications of pneumonia in 1993.
Liberace was one of the most famous entertainers among American audiences in the 1960s and 1970s, becoming popular for his great talent and flamboyant style. Liberace died of pneumonia attributed to HIV/AIDS in 1987. However, for a long time, both the artist and his team kept this condition secret, fearing public reaction.
Peter Allen was an Academy Award-winning Australian musician who won Best Song for “Arthur’s Theme”. He was also known for having been married to actress and singer Liza Minnelli for seven years. After their divorce, Allen publicly admitted his homosexuality and began an affair with Gregory Connell. He died in 1984 from throat cancer related to AIDS.
Paul-Michel Foucalt, of French origin, is known for his contributions in the fields of philosophy, history, sociology and psychology. He enjoyed great prestige in the scientific community in Europe and the rest of the world. Foucalt died in Paris on June 25, 1984, as a result of complications from AIDS. Thus becoming one of the most important science celebrities who died of AIDS.
Robert Reed was born in 1932, and he acted in some major productions, but is best known for the comedy series The Brady Bunch, where he played the character of Mike Brady. He was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his performances in other productions. Reed died in 1992 of intestinal cancer, although the doctor who treated him stated on the actor’s death certificate that he had died of AIDS.
Michael Jeter worked as a film, theater and television actor; In 1990, he won a Tony Award for his participation in the musical theater play Grand Hotel, as well as an Emmy Award for his participation in the series Evening Shade. Jeter was found dead at his residence in Hollywood, California, at the age of 50, after suffering from HIV for several years. At the time of his death, he was in a romantic relationship with Sean Blue.