Some celebrities that died of AIDS include Rock Hudson (romantic comedy star), Freddie Mercury (lead singer of Queen) and Anthony Perkins, best known for his role as Norman Bates in the move Psycho. Amanda Blake was a famous woman who died of AIDS in 1989. She was a popular actress on the show "Gunsmoke."
Other celebrities who lost their lives to AIDS include Robert Reed, best known as Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch, Rudolf Nureyev (ballet legend), Isaac Asimov (Sci-fi writer), Robert Mapplethorp (artist and photographer), and Michael Jeter (Broadway actor).
Blacks account for nearly half of the people who get HIV and AIDS. Some Black celebrities who died of AIDS include Alvin Ailey (choreographer), Eazy-E (member of group N.W.A.), Max Robinson (first Black national news Anchor in America) and Arthur Ashe (tennis player).
Arthur Ashe was such a notable AIDS death that after he died in February of 1993, he was laid in state at the Governor's Mansion in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. He was the first person to lie in state in the mansion since Confederate general Stonewall Jackson in 1863. A statue was dedicated to him on Richmond's Monument Avenue on July 10, 1996, what would have been his 53rd birthday.