CELEBRI­TIES AND HIV

Sheen ex­pected to ad­dress ru­mours

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Char­lie Sheen is sched­uled to be on the To­day show Tues­day morn­ing, re­port­edly to dis­close his HIV sta­tus, ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous sources, in­clud­ing Peo­ple mag­a­zine, TMZ and Us Weekly.

It has been 30 years since leg­endary lead­ing man Rock Hud­son shocked the world by shar­ing his AIDS di­ag­no­sis, the first Hol­ly­wood star to do so. He died within a few months at age 59. His friend­ship with El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor in­spired the ac­tress to be­gin a fundrais­ing cam­paign that brought in mil­lions for re­search and ed­u­ca­tion.

Here are oth­ers in the pub­lic eye who have been di­ag­nosed with HIV/AIDS.

Rock Hud­son

A screen heart­throb and one of Hol­ly­wood’s most pop­u­lar lead­ing men, Hud­son was the first ma­jor Amer­i­can celebrity to pub­li­cally ac­knowl­edge hav­ing AIDS in 1985, not long be­fore his death. His di­ag­no­sis for­ever changed the con­ver­sa­tion about HIV/AIDS.

Fred­die Mer­cury

The pow­er­fully voiced lead singer and song­writer for rock band the hits Mer­cury was re­spon­si­ble for were fu­ture clas­sics “Bo­hemian Rhap­sody,” “Some­body to Love” and “We are the Cham­pi­ons.”

Magic John­son

The Los An­ge­les Lak­ers point guard an­nounced he was HIV pos­i­tive in Novem­ber 1991 and re­tir­ing from the NBA. He went on to play for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team, and came back to play with the Lak­ers in 1995. He’s now 56 and has been liv­ing with HIV for more than 23 years.

Isaac Asimov

The ex­tremely pro­lific science fic­tion writer, whose works in­clude the I, Robot col­lec­tion and the Foun­da­tion se­ries, con­tracted HIV from a blood trans­fu­sion dur­ing heart by­pass surgery in 1983. He died from AIDS com­pli­ca­tions in 1992.

Eric “Eazy-E” Wright

The co-founder of hip-hop group N.W.A. and gangsta rap­per EazyE (Eric Wright) died of AIDS in 1995 at age 31. His ill­ness is dealt with in this year’s hit mu­sic-drama biopic Straight Outta Comp­ton.

Danny Pin­tauro

Now 29, the child ac­tor who costarred on TV’s Who’s the Boss and also ap­peared in the thriller Cujo, said dur­ing a Septem­ber ap­pear­ance on Oprah: Where Are They Now? that he’s been HIV pos­i­tive for 12 years.

Char­lie Sheen is ex­pected to dis­close his HIV sta­tus on Tues­day.

Getty Im­ages All oth­ers The as­so­ci­ated press un­less noted

Fred­die Mer­cury

Magic John­son

Rock Hud­son

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Danny Pin­tauro

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