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

November 17, 2015




Sylvester James, better known as "Sylvester," was a legendary disco, R&B and soul singer/songwriter from San Francisco, known for his flamboyant, androgynous appearance and falsetto singing voice. He died in December 1988 from AIDS-related complications.

Before his death, Sylvester bequeathed the royalties from his music, including hits like "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," to the AIDS Emergency Fund and Rita Rockett's food program at San Francisco General Hospital's Ward 86 for people living with AIDS.

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