The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can strike anyone – young or old, rich or poor, famous and unknowns. The nameless victims who get infected go unnoticed, but celebrities who do, always get the world’s attention. This is a list of the top 5 celebrities who are known to have or to have had the virus known as HIV, including those who have died (whether from AIDS or another cause).
Here are the top 5 stars with the AIDS virus:
5. Earvin “Magic” Johnson
One of the greatest NBA players of all time, Johnson is widely considered as the best point guard ever to play the game. Since publicly announcing he had been infected with the virus HIV, Johnson continues to be an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex.
4. Arthur Ashe
One of the greatest tennis players of all time. He was the first African-American to win a Grand Slam and he went on to collect three. Ashe transcended tennis to become a social activist who led public protests against apartheid in South Africa. He became infected with HIV via a transfusion during heart surgery. This Tennis Hall of Famer died in 1993 at the age of 49.
Flamboyant Las Vegas singer and piano player known for candelabras, lavish costumes, exotic cars and kitchy homes. In the ’70s and 80s, Liberace was a major box office attraction in Las Vegas. In 1987, he died due to complications from AIDS.
2. Freddie Mercury
Queen’s lead singer noted for his vocal abilities and his charisma. His death led to The Mercury Phoenix Trust anti-AIDS charity and the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness. He died in 1991 at the age of 45 and was inducted into Rock and Roll’s Hall of Fame in 2001.
1. Rock Hudson
Iconic Hollywood leading man, the first major American celebrity whose AIDS diagnosis was made public. Unquestionably, he was one of the most popular and well-known movie stars of his time. The public got a double shock when it was revealed he had AIDS and was gay. Hudson died in 1985 at the age of 59.
Article by: Carlo Simbajon