CELEBRITIES AND HIV
Sheen expected to address rumours
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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