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Fame and HIV: 15 of History's Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities


Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey

Alvin Ailey was a renowned choreographer and a major force in modern dance beginning in the 1950s. He formed the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958, a groundbreaking dance company still popular today. Though based in New York City, the group has performed all over the world.

Ailey died of AIDS-related causes in 1989 at the age of 58. Like a number of others on this list, Ailey had his doctor hide his true cause of death to protect his family from the stigma of the disease.

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