2 October 1985 Rock Hudson dies of AIDS

 

Rock HudsonRock Hudson is the first U.S. celebrity die of complication from AIDS. His death raise awareness, a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time, cause continual trouble or distress gay.

On November 17, 1925 in Winnetka, Illinois’, Rock Hudson was born as Mr. Leroy Harold Jr. His career during 1950s and 60s include movie, TV, drama and romantic comedies such as Magnificent Obsession, Pillow Talk and Giant extend almost three decades.

He gains success when he stars McMillan and Wife. Somehow, to protect image, he kept his secret gay life from the public. During his working on TV Dynasty show in 1984 he was diagnosed with AIDS.

During his treatment at Paris Hospital, he publicly let know he has the disease. Hudson illness gave worldwide attention and help public become aware of that disease.

In 1981 first AIDS cases was reported and the victim is gay who often faced public unfriendliness. President Ronald and his administrative ignore when scientist and health care provider request for funding to cure the disease.

However President Ronald Regan and Hudson was friend, his death had changed his perception to the disease. In 1987 there are 20,000 Americans died of AIDS. In 2006 the disease had infected 40 million and the virus has killed more than 25 million.

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