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Fame and HIV: 21 of History's Biggest HIV-Positive Celebrities

November 17, 2015


Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury

As the lead singer of Queen, one of the top-selling rock bands of all time, Freddie Mercury was among the most recognizable faces of the '70s. He tested positive in 1987 and died of AIDS-related pneumonia four years later, one day after publicly acknowledging for the first time that he had AIDS.

Had Mercury lived in a different era, perhaps people would be thinking about eradicating HIV every time they heard "We Will Rock You" or "We Are the Champions" booming over the stadium loudspeaker. Instead, it simply became a footnote on his life.

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