Top 10 celebrities who died of AIDS

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Updated on 9 May, 2012 at 8:45 am


They came in this world in no matter what conditions, they lived to celebrate the greatness of their lives, but sadly, the exit of every single name listed on this page was extremely dreadful. TopYaps lists ten famous celebrities who died of the miserable disease – AIDS. But we know, they’ll be remembered for their contributions to our culture and for enriching us all through their stellar talents.

10. Max Robinson:

Max Robinson was an eminent broadcast journalist of America and is best known for being the first African American news anchor in the history of United States. He was aware of the fatal disease which he was having, but tried his very best to keep it as a secret for others. This American celebrity died of AIDS on December 20, 1988, in the hospital of Howard University. He was in Howard to deliver a speech where he became seriously ill.

9. Howard Ashman:

Throughout the history of animated movies, this legendary master performer will be remembered for his salient contribution to Disney. After completing his studies from Boston University and Indiana University, Howard Ashman approached Hollywood to try his luck, and very soon emerged as an influential dramatist and lyricist. On March 14, 1991, Howard died from AIDS, marking the end of an beautiful era. He was 40.

8. Tony Richardson:

Tony Richardson was a British film director and producer who came to prominence after receiving two Academy Awards for his adventure comedy film, Tom Jones. He was bisexual, but never admitted it publically. However, this secret was eventually revealed when he accepted that he was suffering from AIDS. Sending a shock wave among his long trail of fans, Richardson died on November 14, 1991.


7. Rudolf Nureyev:

Counted among one of the most notable ballet dancers of the 20th century, Rudolf Nureyev was a Russian, who has given some ground-breaking and unparalleled performances in the arena of ballet. He was tested positive for HIV in 1984 and finally on January 6, 1993, died from its complications, at a hospital in Paris.

6. Liberace:

Liberace was a world-renowned American piano player and vocalist who was the highest-paid entertainer across the world during 1950s-1970s. For mainstream media, his flamboyant and regal lifestyle was a hot topic. He established several landmarks in the fields of television, concerts, endorsements, motion pictures and recordings. On February 4, 1987, he died from cardiac arrest which was brought on by the complications of AIDS. Liberace was 67 when he died.

5. Anthony Perkins:

Anthony Perkins was a prominent American actor and is best known for playing the historical character of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s award winning movie “Psycho.” Levelheaded, highly spiritualistic and extremely gifted, Perkins died from complications of AIDS on September 12, 1992.

4. Isaac Asimov:

A bloke in the ring of prolific writers of all time, Isaac Asimov has written stack of science fiction books that are widely adored by readers. He was also a professor of biochemistry at Boston University. When he died on April 6, 1992, in New York City, his family stated that kidney and heart failure was the prime cause of his death. However, ten years after his death, his wife disclosed in an autobiography that his death was the result of an infection of HIV. During his bypass surgery, his blood was contaminated during transfusion.

3. Freddie Mercury:

Lead vocalist of the British rock band “Queen,” Freddie Mercury was a notable singer, musician and song writer who enthralled millions of music lovers by his splashy stage persona and powerful performances. This rockstar was diagnosed with AIDS in 1987, and after suffering serious health problems for a long time, he died on November 24, 1991, in Kensington. Freddie was 45.

2. Arthur Ashe:

Arthur Ashe was an illustrious tennis player and is best known for being the first and only black player to ever win the singles title of Wimbledon, Australian Open and the U.S. Open. He was also the first black player to play for the United States Davis Cup team.  In 1983, Ashe underwent a heart surgery, but lamentably contracted HIV during the blood transfusion. Eventually, he died on February 6, 1993, after going through a long phase of illness.


1. Rock Hudson:

A legend in the list of most famous Hollywood actors ever, Rock Hudson will be always remembered for being an acting epiphany. He also significantly contributed for the television industry during his potent career spanning over four decades. This stalwart of Hollywood movies was declared to be diagnosed with HIV in June, 1985, and finally bid adieu to this materialistic world on October 2, 1985, at his house in Beverly Hills.