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



Eric "Eazy-E" Wright

Eazy-E was a rap legend and co-founder of the influential group N.W.A., along with Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. Their album, Straight Outta Compton, went double platinum in 1988 and cemented Eazy-E's legacy in gangsta rap history.

His lyrics jolted many, but nothing shocked people more than when he fell ill in 1995 and publicly acknowledged that he had AIDS. He died just one month after his diagnosis at the age of 31. His death was another key moment in public awareness of HIV/AIDS, particularly within the African-American community.

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