The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) strikes any person – young and old, the rich or poor, the 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 10 celebrities who are known to have or to have had the virus known as HIV, including those who have passed from physical life (whether from AIDS or another cause).
1) Rock Hudson – Iconic Hollywood leading man, the initial major American celebrity whose AIDS diagnosis was made public. Unquestionably, he was one of the most frequent and well-known movie stars of his time. The public got a double shock when it was revealed he had AIDS and was gay. In 1985, Hudson passed from physical life at the age of 59.
2)Freddie Mercury – Queen’s lead singer brought up 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. Died in 1991 at the age of 45 and was inducted into Rock and Roll’s Hall of Fame in 2001.
3)Liberace – 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 passed from physical life due to complicatednesses from AIDS.
4)Arthur Ashe – one of the biggest tennis players of all time. Was the original African-American to win a Grand Slam and he went on to gather three. Ashe transcended tennis to become a social activist who led public protests versus apartheid in South Africa; became infected with HIV thru transfusion for the duration of heart surgery. This Tennis Hall of Famer passed away in 1993 at the age of 49.
5) Isaac Asimov – famous science fiction writer and biochemist. Two of his works were turned into highly successful films – I, Robot and Bicentennial Man. Asimov, who was also usual for his science books, became infected by transfused blood for the duration of heart surgery.
6) 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 proceeds to be an advocate for HIV/AIDS preventative action and safe sex.
7)Greg Louganis - Olympic gold medalist in diving. Was the most outstanding novice athlete in 1984 and went on to win back-to-back Olympic golds in both the 3m and 10m diving events. Following the proclamation of his HIV status in 1995, Louganis was dropped by majority of his corporate sponsors. Since retiring from diving, Louganis has ventured into acting largely in off-Broadway plays.
Tommy Morrison – world champion boxer better known for his role as Tommy Gunn in Rocky V. In 1996 it was revealed he was HIV-positive which mechanically retired him from boxing as a competitor. Currently, he is carrying out or participate in a career in Mixed Martial Arts and is attempting to mount a comeback in boxing.
9)Ryan White - expelled from high school because of his infection which he got from contaminated blood for the duration of treatment. White, who was a hemophiliac, became a poster child for HIV/AIDS at a time when the public knew very little with regards to the disease. White made numerous celebrity friends including Michael Jackson whose song “Gone Too Soon” was a tribute to the teenage AIDS victim. White passed away in 1990 at a young age of 18.
10) Esteban De Jesus - a world lightweight champion boxer from Puerto Rico. Famous for his trilogy with Roberto Duran, “Vita” had a life full of controversy, difficultnesses and scandals. Sentenced to life in jail for murder, he became a preacher and started to turn his life around. De Jesus acquired HIV and succumbed to full-blown AIDS in 1989.
185 of 195 people found the following review helpful.
I knew that in going to the digital version, I would loose the wonderful artwork that frequently graces the pages of Asimov’s. What I didn’t expect was the poor formatting of the content. The text runs continuous through each edition, with no page breaks. The end of each article has a link to take you back to the table of contents, but otherwise, one line down brings you to the next item in the magazine. I’d appreciate page breaks at the end of each article or story — something to bring some mental closure before being jolted immediately into the next.
115 of 122 people found the following review helpful.
This might seem like a minor annoyance. But, if you don’t create a “note” immediately to the first page, you will need to page back, page back, page back, etc. to get back to the first page. It becomes a pretty big hassle navigating if you don’t create a note on page one immediately, before reading any further. There is a “Contents” page on page one, with links… But, you need to craft your own link to it.
That’s just how periodicals are on Kindle; if the publisher takes no care to format the issue, it is essentially a flat core dump of text.
It is a pity that the publisher of Asimov’s didn’t put at least a tiny bit of effort into formatting this to be user-friendly.
You do pay a premium for a format that is greener; and it must cost less for them to produce. Yet, you don’t get anything in the Kindle edition (as of this writing anyway) that takes advantage of the fact that this is a digital medium.
I want to give this full marks, but this is not a great effort on formatting for us!
But, you do get the convenience of portability. Just remember though — it is not a magazine that puts any thought into the medium…
159 of 172 people found the following review helpful.