World AIDS Day Was December 1: Celebs Who Passed From the Disease – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

World AIDS Day Was December 1: Celebs Who Passed From the Disease – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

In 1991, the world stood still when NBA champion, Magic Johnson, revealed his HIV diagnosis at a press conference. Determined to end the epidemic, he used his platform to make sexual health advocacy work his life’s mission. Other celebs joined Johnson in spreading the word about prevention, treatment and raising funds for research. 

NWA 1991 | Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Over 30 years later, HIV is no longer a death sentence caused by the progression of the virus to full-blown AIDS. But, it still remains a worldwide health crisis. Laverne Cox recently aligned herself with an HIV/AIDS campaign to destroy stigma attached to the virus. Other popular figures, including actor Charlie Sheen and famed journalist Emil Wilbelkn, came forward with their HIV positive status within the past few years. 

But not everyone who’s battled the disease lived to tell their story of survival and advocate for self-care. Here’s a list of some of the celebrities who unfortunately died from HIV/AIDS-related complications.

Freddie Mercury 

Freddie Mercury
Freddie Mercury 1982 | Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The musical biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, pushed Queen member Freddie Mercury’s story back into the limelight. The rock band frontman had a captivating stage presence and aura that helped his light shine as brightly as it did. He lived the typical superstar lifestyle filled with sex, drugs and rock and roll. His parting and risky sexual behaviors would later catch up to him. The singer and musician revealed his diagnosis just one day before his death on November 24, 1991. His official cause of death was bronchial pneumonia and AIDS-related complications. He was 45-years-old. 

Robert Reed

Robert Reed
Robert Reed 1973 | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Fans were stunned when a death certificate revealed The Brady Bunch patriarch died of colon lymphoma with the HIV infection listed among ″significant conditions contributing to death.” The Associated Press was one of the first media outlets to report his diagnosis a week after his passing in 1992. At the time of his death, Reed’s daughter said that her father died of colon cancer. He was 59. 

Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe
Arthur Ashe 1975 | Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Ashe broke racial and cultural barriers as a top tennis star of his day. Being a superstar athlete, he spent the final year of his life broadening public awareness on AIDS following his diagnosis. He believed a transfusion containing tainted blood during a second round of heart-bypass surgery, was how he contracted the virus. He first learned of his infection in 1988 after having emergency brain surgery. He disclosed his status publicly in 1992 and spent the rest of the year doing PSAs to spread the message. He died in February 1993 at the age of 49. 


Rapper Eazy-E poses for a portrait in April 1990 | Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Eazy-E put gangsta rap from the West Coast on the map as the founding member of N.W.A. His lyrics sparked national outrage for its message on police brutality and gang violence and was banned by several outlets. He persisted and started his own rap label, Ruthless Records. The hip-hop pioneer was hospitalized after battling what he thought was a cold for several weeks. Doctors revealed to the rapper that he had AIDS. His attorney and close friend, Ron Sweeney, he announced his diagnosis at a press conference by reading a letter the rapper wanted his fans to hear. “I’m not religious, but wrong or right, that’s me,” said Wright. “I’m not saying this because I’m looking for a soft cushion wherever I’m heading. I just feel I’ve got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what’s real when it comes to AIDS.” He does a month after his diagnosis at 31. 

Gia Carangi

Gia Carangi
Portrait of American fashion model Gia Carangi | Andrea Blanch/Getty Images

Known as the first supermodel, Carangi fled an abusive upbringing before posing for world-renowned photographers. She failed to escape the demons of her childhood and entered into a heroin addiction. News of her addiction surfaced and her modeling career went downhill. She was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia where she never recovered. She died a short time later. Her life and death were documented in a biopic, starring Angelina Jolie. 

To learn more about HIV and AIDS, visit 


  1. I just want to mention I’m beginner to weblog and honestly loved you’re web blog. Probably I’m going to bookmark your blog post . You definitely have very good writings. Appreciate it for revealing your blog site.

  2. I have recently started a blog, the info you offer on this website has helped me greatly. Thanks for all of your time & work. “Her grandmother, as she gets older, is not fading but rather becoming more concentrated.” by Paulette Bates Alden.

  3. I truly wanted to construct a small comment so as to say thanks to you for all the magnificent techniques you are showing at this website. My time-consuming internet investigation has finally been compensated with pleasant suggestions to go over with my neighbours. I would tell you that we visitors are rather blessed to live in a really good place with so many outstanding individuals with very helpful basics. I feel very much blessed to have come across the weblog and look forward to some more exciting minutes reading here. Thanks a lot once again for all the details.

  4. Hey, you used to write wonderful, but the last several posts have been kinda boring¡K I miss your tremendous writings. Past few posts are just a little out of track! come on!

  5. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content available for you? I wouldn’t mind composing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome web log!

  6. Thanks for the helpful article. It is also my opinion that mesothelioma has an very long latency period of time, which means that symptoms of the disease may not emerge right until 30 to 50 years after the primary exposure to asbestos. Pleural mesothelioma, and that is the most common style and influences the area across the lungs, may cause shortness of breath, breasts pains, as well as a persistent cough, which may produce coughing up body.

  7. I just wish to inform you that I am new to blogging and very much adored your information. Likely I am most likely to remember your blog post . You literally have fabulous article information. Be Grateful For it for swapping with us your main internet post

  8. I cherished as much as you’ll obtain performed proper here. The sketch is attractive, your authored material stylish. however, you command get got an nervousness over that you wish be turning in the following. unwell without a doubt come more in the past again as precisely the similar nearly a lot often within case you defend this increase.

  9. Thank you for this article. I will also like to say that it can be hard if you find yourself in school and just starting out to create a long credit rating. There are many college students who are simply just trying to endure and have a long or positive credit history can occasionally be a difficult issue to have.

  10. Admiring the time and energy you put into your website and detailed information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same out of date rehashed information. Excellent read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  11. Some really good blog posts on this site, regards for contribution. “An alcoholic is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.” by Dylan Thomas.

  12. What’s Happening i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It absolutely helpful and it has aided me out loads. I hope to contribute & help other users like its helped me. Great job.

  13. You could definitely see your expertise in the paintings you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart. “Billy Almon has all of his inlaw and outlaws here this afternoon.” by Jerry Coleman.

  14. Many thanks for this article. I would also like to state that it can end up being hard when you’re in school and merely starting out to establish a long credit ranking. There are many college students who are only trying to pull through and have an extended or beneficial credit history can often be a difficult factor to have.

  15. Awesome blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m totally overwhelmed .. Any suggestions? Bless you!

  16. you’re really a just right webmaster. The site loading velocity is incredible. It sort of feels that you are doing any unique trick. Furthermore, The contents are masterwork. you have performed a fantastic task in this matter!

  17. Hey! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  18. You actually make it appear so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I’d by no means understand. It sort of feels too complex and very wide for me. I am looking ahead in your next submit, I will attempt to get the dangle of it!

  19. Great goods from you, man. I’ve consider your stuff prior to and you are just extremely magnificent. I actually like what you have received here, really like what you are stating and the way wherein you say it. You’re making it enjoyable and you still care for to stay it sensible. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is really a wonderful website.

  20. Hi there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this website.

  21. Thanks for your ideas. One thing I have noticed is that often banks as well as financial institutions are aware of the spending patterns of consumers and also understand that most of the people max out their credit cards around the holidays. They correctly take advantage of that fact and commence flooding your current inbox along with snail-mail box with hundreds of 0 APR credit card offers shortly after the holiday season closes. Knowing that if you’re like 98% of American community, you’ll leap at the possible opportunity to consolidate financial debt and switch balances for 0 interest rate credit cards.

  22. Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this info. Nowadays bloggers publish just about gossips and internet and this is really annoying. A good website with exciting content, that’s what I need. Thank you for keeping this website, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.

  23. I do not even understand how I finished up here, but I assumed this publish used to be good. I do not understand who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger for those who are not already 😉 Cheers!

  24. Good – I should definitely pronounce, impressed with your site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs as well as related information ended up being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something, web site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task..

  25. *I discovered your blog site on google and check a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading more from you later on!…

  26. Hi there, I found your site by way of Google even as looking for a comparable topic, your web site came up, it appears to be like great. I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here