A Tribute to Folks We Lost to AIDS was originally published on 92q.com

1. Eazy-E 1963-1995

Eazy-E 1963-1995

Eric Wright better known by his stage name Eazy-E and affectionately called ‘The Godfather of Gangsta Rap’ was only 32 years old when he passed…

2. Alvin Ailey 1931-1989

Alvin Ailey 1931-1989

One of America’s greatest dance choreographers, Alvin Ailey, is credited with popularizing modern dance and increasing African-American participation in modern dance concerts. In 1988 he…

3. Franklyn Seales 1952-1990

Franklyn Seales 1952-1990

Born in St. Vincent, Seales is best known for his role on the hit comedy series Silver Spoons. On the show, he played Dexter Stuffins,…

4. Jermaine Stewart 1957-1997

Jermaine Stewart 1957-1997

Jermaine Stewart was an American pop singer. The Columbus, Ohio native’s hits’ include “The Word is Out” and “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes…

5. Kevin Peter Hall 1955-1991

Kevin Peter Hall 1955-1991

Actor Kevin Peter Hall known for his roles in Misfits of Science, Prophecy, Without Warning, and Harry and the Hendersons. He was also best known…

6. Gia Carangi 1960-1986

Gia Carangi 1960-1986

One of the hottest supermodels of her time, Gia Carangi appeared on the covers of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She was also the face of Armani,…

7. Arthur Ashe 1943-1993

Arthur Ashe 1943-1993

Tennis legend, Arthur Ashe, was a World professional tennis player and tennis’s first black millionaire. He was the recipient of Sportsman of the Year award…

8. Larry Riley 1953-1992

Larry Riley 1953-1992

Actor and musician Larry Riley, best known for his role in the film “A Soldiers Story” and his character Frank Williams on “Knots Landing,” died…

9. Fela Kuti 1938-1997

Fela Kuti 1938-1997

A pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Kuti was an international superstar whose politically-conscience music drew the world’s attention to the lingering strains of European colonialism while…

10. Willi Smith 1948-1987

Willi Smith 1948-1987

Fashion designer, Willi Smith, known for his “Williwear” clothing line, was one of the industry’s first African-American stars. He pioneered funky “street couture” fashions and…

11. Sharon Redd 1945-1992

Sharon Redd 1945-1992

Redd was a singer and actress from New York. She starred in an Australian production of the rock musical Hair and sang background vocals for…

12. Pedro Zamora 1972-1994

Pedro Zamora 1972-1994

Pedro became known to the public as a member of The Real World: San Francisco. Becoming the face of HIV/AIDS in the early 1990s, he…

13. David Hampton 1964-2003

David Hampton 1964-2003

As a teenager, David Hampton, earned notoriety in 1983 by charming his way into New York’s white upper crust, presenting himself as the son of…

14. Yvonne Vera 1964-2005

Yvonne Vera 1964-2005

Yvonne Vera was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are…

15. Freddie Mercury 1946-1991

Freddie Mercury 1946-1991

The lead singer of the popular rock group Queen was only 45 when he died of AIDS. Known for his four-octave range, Mercury was also…

16. Perry Watkins 1948-1996

Perry Watkins 1948-1996

U.S. Army Sergeant Perry J. Watkins was an openly gay soldier whose long battle to stay in the military led to a victory in 1990…

17. Anthony Perkins 1932-1992

Anthony Perkins 1932-1992

Anthony Perkins received an Academy Award nomination for his role in Friendly Persuasion. Perkins was also a theater actor who received many Tony Award nominations.…

18. Max Robinson 1939-1988

Max Robinson 1939-1988

Broadcast journalist and ABC News World News Tonight co-anchor, Max Robinson, was the first African American broadcast network news anchor in the United States. He…

19. Rick Aviles 1952-1995

Rick Aviles 1952-1995

Actor and comedian Rick Aviles who hosted ‘It’s Showtime at the Apollo’ and played Willie Lopez in the film ‘Ghost’ contracted HIV through heroin abuse…

20. Robert Reed 1932-1992

Robert Reed 1932-1992

He is best known for his role as Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch. The loving and sensible husband and father of six graced our…

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