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Famous Celebrities Who Have Lived With HIV

blueprince Published On Sun Dec 15 2019   Modified On Mon Dec 16 2019
Famous Celebrities Who Have Lived With HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus most commonly known as HIV is a fatal disease that affects the immune system by destroying white blood cells (WBC) that help fighting infection. To date, many A-class celebrities have been victimized by this life-taking disease.

Many big names like Freddie Mercury, Magic Johnson, Charlie Sheen, Eazy-E, Arthur Ashe, Danny Pintauro, and many others have been affected and deceased by this disease. The article below enlists people who have/had HIV.

1.Freddie Mercury

Frontman of the iconic English rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury, on whose memorial the movie Bohemian Rhapsody was made, suffered from HIV.

British singer, Freddie Mercury
Caption: Freddie Mercury, frontman of the British rock band Queen

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For years the singer kept the news of his disease to himself. It was only before a few days of his death, Mercury publicly stated that he was suffering from the virus.

According to an interview given by Freddie to The Los Angeles Times, he stated,

Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have tested HIV-positive and have AIDS.

I felt it correct to keep this information private to date in order to protect the privacy of those around me.

Born on 5th September 1946 he died on 24th September 1991 due to Bronchopneumonia as a complication of AIDS.

2.Magic Johnson

American basketballer Magic Johnson is a former basketball star who is known as the first celebrity to publicly announce to the world of his HIV-positive news. It was 1991 when the world was biased about HIV, that Johnson decided to make his statement.

American basketballer, Magic Johnson
Caption: Magic Johnson during a Lakers' game

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In a press interview, he said,

Because of the HIV virus I have attained, I will have to retire from the Lakers… I plan to go on living for a long time.

Despite having the disease Magic has magically survived HIV and is currently 60 years of age and still moving forward as a sports commentator. He also founded the Magic Johnson Foundation, an organization that aims at educating people regarding the prevention and acceptance of HIV.


Eric Lynn Wright popularly remembered as Eazy-E was an African-American rapper who is credited for being the leading member of the hip-hop group N.W.A., which included members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. The 2015 movie Straight Outta Compton is a homage to the late rapper.

American rapper, Eazy-E
Caption: Founding father of N.W.A, rapper Eazy-E

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He died in 1995, only a month after receiving his test results but before his demise, he released a statement saying,

I’m not saying this because I’m looking for a soft cushion wherever I’m heading, I just feel that I’ve got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what’s real when it comes to AIDS. Like the others before me, I would like to turn my own problem into something good that will reach out to all my homeboys and their kin.

Eazy-E's son Lil Eazy-E turned out to be a rapper like his father and is a well known AIDS and HIV activist.

4.Charlie Sheen

American actor, Charlie Sheen was diagnosed with HIV in 2011 but he decided to go public about it on 17th November 2015. In his announcement, he also stated that despite being aware of the disease he had sexual relationships with women. 

American actor, Charlie Sheen
Caption: Charlie Sheen from the hit show Two and a Half Men

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Guilty of his actions Charlie addressed that he has to, 

not shun away from responsibilities and opportunities that drive me to help others… I have a responsibility now to better myself and help a lot of other people.

The Two and a Half Men actor is still alive and healthy and will hopefully live for many years to come.

5.Pedro Zamora

Cuban-American television personality Pedro Zamora was the first-ever openly gay man with AIDS to be cast on TV in the reality series The Real World: San Fransisco.

American actor, Pedro Zamora
Caption: The Real Life: San Fransisco actor Pedro Zamora died at the tender age of 22

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He used the show as a medium to educate the masses regarding HIV/AIDS and the problems and prejudices faced by the LGBTQ community. The show is ranked at #7 in the list of 32 Epic Moments in Reality-TV History.

His relationship was also documented on the show which later went on to be nominated for Favorite Love Story award. The episode depicted their wedding which became the first time ever same-sex marriage ceremony was broadcasted via television.

Pedro's activism was praised by many personalities including former US President Bill Clinton.

Zamora died at a young age of 22 in 1994 and since then his associates work to help raise awareness against the disease. 

6.Danny Pintauro

Known for playing Jonathan Bower in Who's the Boss? Danny Pintauro is an American actor and film producer. News about him being gay was flashed in National Enquirer without his consent.

American actor, Danny Pintauro
Caption: Danny Pintauro from Who's the Boss? 

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He was engaged to Will Tabares in April 2013 they married in April 2014. Later in 2015, Danny confessed of being tested positive for HIV because of having unsafe oral sex in 2003. 

In the interview with Oprah Winfrey, he said, 

I wanted to tell you this a long time ago, but I wasn’t ready. I’m ready now… I’m HIV-positive, and I have been for 12 years.

Pintauro mentioned that he was aware of his condition a long way back but resisted to disclose his illness because of the social stigma.