Charlie Sheen revealed his HIV+ status on the Today
show on November 17, 2015. The Two and a Half Men
star has been long-rumored to suffer from the disease, after much public speculation about his personal life.
Sheen has admitted to using many illegal drugs
over the years, as well as engaging in high-risk sex
with various celebrity
and non-celebrity women.
In 1991, Queen front man Freddie Mercury was the first major rock star to die from complications from AIDS. Only days before, he had released an international statement about his illness.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Arthur Ashe contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1993.
Psycho star Anthony Perkins was very secretive about the fact that he had HIV. He died from complications with AIDS-related pneumonia in 1992.
superstar Magic Johnson announced that he was infected with HIV in 1991. Johnson takes a variety of medications daily to prevent his HIV from becoming full blown AIDS.
The actor best known for playing Mike Brady on the The Brady Bunch
was HIV positive. Reed died due to colon cancer in 1992, but doctors believe that HIV also played into his death.
Rock Hudson announced that he had AIDS in 1985. The actor died less than three months later.
Trading Places actor Denholm Elliot was diagnosed with HIV in 1987. He died from AIDS-related tuberculosis in 1992.
The Green Mile
actor Michael Jeter died
at age 50. He was diagnosed with HIV, but it is not thought that the disease was a factor in his death.
“Dallas” actor Dack Rambo died due to complications with AIDS when he was 52.
NWA rapper Eazy-E was diagnosed with AIDS when he went to the hospital to treat what he thought was asthma. He died from complications from AIDS less than a month later.
Pianist Liberace publicly denied being gay throughout his lifetime. The showman died due to complications with AIDS in 1987.
Gold medal winner Greg Louganis was diagnosed with HIV in 1988.
Jazz poet and influential artist Gil Scott-Heron disclosed that he was HIV positive in 2008. He died in 2011.
Popular street artist Keith Haring died due to complications with AIDS in 1990.
Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist Tom Fogerty died from AIDS complications in 1990. He contracted HIV from a blood transfusion.
Broadway composer Jerry Herman was diagnosed with HIV in 1995.
Fashion designer Perry Ellis never talked about his illness in his lifetime. He died of viral encephalitis in 1985. Although Ellis never spoke publicly about his health, it is believed that his death was AIDS related.
Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubell learned that he had AIDS in 1985, and he died in 1989.
Director Tony Richardson died from complications with AIDS in 1991.
Styx bassist Chuck Panozzo announced in 2001 that he was gay and living with HIV.
Frankie Goes to Hollywood singer Holly Johnson went public with his HIV diagnosis in 1993.
Reality star Pedro Zamora brought about HIV/AIDS awareness with his appearance on The Real World: San Fransisco. Zamora died from complications with AIDS in 1994.
Chariots of Fire actor Ian Charleson was diagnosed with HIV in 1986 and died of AIDS-related complications in 1990.
Football player Jerry Smith became the first professional athlete to die from AIDS-related issues in 1986.
player Glenn Burke was the first professional baseball player who was publicly gay. He died from AIDS-related causes in 1995.
Larry Flynt’s fourth wife Althea died of a prescription drug overdose at age 33; she had a very advanced condition of AIDS at the time.
David Hampton is the con artist on whom the movie Six Degrees of Separation
was based. He died from complications with AIDS in 2003.
Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby was HIV positive. He died of a drug overdose in 2002.
Tom Waddell founded the “Gay Olympics” in San Francisco. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1985, and he died in 1987.
Musician and activist Fela Kuti died from AIDS-related causes in 1997.
Figure skater John Curry was diagnosed with HIV in 1987. He died from an AIDS-related heart attack in 1994.
Journalist Dave Brindle was Canada’s first TV personality to publicly acknowledge that he was HIV positive.
NASCAR racer Tim Richmond died in 1984. 10 days after his death, his family reported that his death was caused by complications with AIDS.
Professional hockey player Bill Goldsworthy died from complications with AIDS in 1996.
Ragtime actor Howard Rollins was HIV positive at the time of his death from lymphoma.
Fame actor Gene Anthony Ray died from a stroke at age 41. His mother stated that he was HIV positive at the time of his death.
“Fun House” art
director Anthony Sabatino died from AIDS-related complications in 1993.
Bay City Rollers musician Billy Lyall died from AIDS-related causes at age 36.
Activist and author Vito Russo was the subject of the documentary Vito. He died due to AIDS-related complications in 1990.
Poet Ian Stephens died of AIDS-related lymphoma in 1996.
The actor who played the title character in Predator contracted HIV from a blood transfusion. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia in 1991.
Erasure front man Andy Bell has been HIV positive since 1998.
Actor Leonard Frey died from AIDS-related illness in 1988.
Model and designer Tina Chow
died from AIDS-related complications in 1992.
Actor Paul Shenar died from AIDS-related complications in 1989.
Dallas actor Timothy Patrick Murphy died of AIDS-related issues in 1988.
Street artist Carlos Almaraz died in 1989 of AIDS-related causes.
superstar John Holmes tested HIV positive in 1986. Holmes claimed publicly that he was suffering from colon cancer, but he died of AIDS-related causes in 1988.
Midnight Express actor Brad Davis was diagnosed with HIV in 1985. He died of a drug overdose in 1991.
Harold & Maude writer Colin Higgins died of AIDS related causes in 1988.
Poet James Merrill died in 1995 from a heart attack related to AIDS.
Square Pegs actor Merrit Butrick died from complications with AIDS at age 29.
Former child star Danny Pintauro from Who’s the Boss? revealed that he was HIV positive on Oprah in 2015. Pintauro was diagnosed with HIV in 2003, after experimenting with crystal meth and unprotected sex.