Sunday, December 13, 2015

21 Celebrities You Had No Idea were HIV Positive [Photos]

This is an exclusive report on HIV positive celebrities around the world...with a special focus on Hollywood....NgBlog is working so hard to compile a list of Nigerian celebrities and famous people who are HIV positive.....I know many people feel rich and famous people can't contract HIV, but unfortunately, more rich and famous celebrities are living with HIV than you can imagine, and this Hollywood's version of celebrities living with HIV will only open your eyes...and with the way Nigerian celebrities indulge in one-night stands with their fans, I am pretty sure that many Nigerian celebrities and rich people must be living with the virus, unknown to their unsuspecting fans.

Okay, enough of my words...let's get straight to the report as compiled by oldcatlay below:



Chharlie Sheen once again made headlines this week as a curious audience watched in shock as Hollywood’s notorious bad boy announced that he was HIV positive on live television. In an exclusive interview with Good Morning America, Sheen shared the heartache of the diagnosis that occurred just four years ago, which has been treated with a cocktail of medicine over the past few years.

Sheen’s announcement instantly made him one of the most notable celebrities to publicize the diagnosis, a brave act by any standard. Though the disease and treatments have come a long way since the early 1980s, admitting to being HIV positive or having AIDS can still be difficult even today, especially with so much at stake. Add in the spotlight of stardom and the criticism of being a celebrity and this kind of announcement can be catastrophic to any red carpet career, even for someone as wild as Charlie Sheen.


Because HIV can affect anyone, male or female, young or old, celebrity or not, Sheen’s public announcement led us to wonder, “How many celebrities have HIV?” From world renowned athletes and musicians to Broadway composers and political commentators, we found 21 celebrities you probably had no idea are HIV positive. With brave accounts of their diagnoses and treatments to their life stories and even their goodbyes, we’ve uncovered it all.

#21 – Andy Fraser
At just 15 years old in 1968, Andy Fraser made history when he became the founding member and base player for the rock band Free. With a career lasting over an astonishing 40 years, Fraser and the band rocked the world with mega hits including “All Right Now” and “The Stealer”.

First training as a classical pianist until the age of 12, Fraser spent his adult life on the road playing the guitar and living the rock star life. By the early 2000s, Fraser revealed that he had been battling HIV since the 1990s as well as Kaposi’s sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Disappearing from the spotlight between 1994 and 2005, Fraser made his final return as part of the new Free album titled Naked and Finally Free. Sadly, Fraser lost his battle with AIDS and cancer in March 2015.


#20 – Chris Smith
Though perhaps not a celebrity in terms of an entertainer or a musician, Chris Smith is a celebrity of his own right in his native Great Britain. Beginning his career as a Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, Smith was named as the Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment and later for the National Heritage, Health and finally Culture, Media and Sport.


With an impressive career of firsts, Smith made headlines across Europe in 1984 for more personal matters when he became one of the first Members of Parliament to come out as gay. Making headlines yet again in 1997 as Great Britain’s first openly gay Cabinet minister, Smith received even more backlash in 2005 when he told the media he had been HIV positive since 1987. Also the first MP in Great Britain to publicize his diagnosis, Smith now works as the Master of Pembroke College in Cambridge as well as the Chairman of Trustees at Cambridge Union Society.



#19 – Eazy-E
Just call me Eazy-E! One of the most influential rappers during the surge of gangster rap in the early 1990s, Eric Lynn Wright is better known as Eazy-E. First launching his career as the owner of Ruthless Records, the known “Godfather of Gangsta Rap” joined the group N.W.A.


in 1987 with the release of the group’s most controversial album, Straight Outa Compton, just a year later.
Not everything was easy for E, however. On February 24, 1995, he was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for what he believed was an asthma attack. Unfortunately, doctors discovered that Eazy-E not only had the HIV virus, he suffered from AIDS as well.

Just a few weeks later, Eazy-E made his diagnosis public and detailed his sexual history, which resulted in several children coming forward from numerous women. Knowing that his time was nearing its end, Eazy-E said his goodbyes and resolved matters with N.W.A., Snoop Dogg and sent a message to his fans. At the age of 30 years old and only a month after his diagnosis, Eazy-E passed away on March 26, 1995.


#18 – Andy Bell
The second Brit on our list, Andy Bell is one half of the famous British pop duo known as Erasure. Along with Vince Clarke, Bell enjoyed widespread success as Erasure became one of the biggest groups in the region during the 1980s with hits like “A Little Respect”, “Chains of Love” and “Always”.


Shortly after joining Vince Clarke in 1985, Bell announced to the world that he was openly gay in an interview with Melody Maker in 1986. Bell told reporters, “If you’re doing music, you should use it for something and have substance. Being gay and open about it is my substance.” In December 2004, Bell made another public announcement, this time telling his audience that he had been HIV positive for six years. Despite other health problems, Bell has managed to keep his virus in check and is still performing at 51 years old.



#17 – Chuck Panozzo
Keeping it in the family! Along with his twin brother, John, and keyboardist Dennis De Young, Chuck Panozzo formed the famous rock band, Styx, in 1970. Launching in the heart of Chicago, Styx took over the world with their progressive rock style releasing 15 albums filled with hits including “Lady”, “Come Sail Away”, “Babe”, “Best of Times” and “Mr.


Roboto”.
In 2001, Panozzo surprised his fans and the media by announcing that he was not only gay but was also living with HIV and AIDS. Since then, Panozzo has been very active in promoting AIDS awareness as well as fighting for equal rights for gay men and women. Despite his illness, the 67-year-old rocker continues to tour with the band and says, “My T-cells are up and I keep up with my prescription. I can’t complain…You have to have goals and faith in yourself.” In other words, just keep on rocking!



#16 – Danny Pintauro
Who’s the boss? Though younger audiences may not remember Danny Pintauro, others know him as Jonathan Bower on the sitcom Who’s the Boss? running from 1984 to 1992 starring Tony Danza.

First appearing on television in the soap opera As the World Turns, Pintauro also gained fame for his performance as Paul Ryan in Cujo.
Currently working as a restaurant manager in Las Vegas, Pintauro appeared on a 2015 episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now” when he revealed that he had HIV.



In the shocking interview, Pintauro went into great detail and told Oprah, “Believe it or not, with this guy I was actually safe. We did use condoms. I got it another way, which was through oral sex, which is a complicated story.” While it’s a rare way to contract the virus, Pintauro said that it was a mix of different factors that created the perfect storm for his diagnosis in 2003.


#15 – Robert Reed
“Here’s the story, of a man named Brady…” Whether you’re young or old, everyone knows Robert Reed as Florence Henderson’s husband, Mike Brady, on The Brady Bunch. Aside from managing six Brady children on screen from 1969 to 1974, Reed also had memorable and award-winning roles on Medical Center, Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man.



Reed was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1991 but that wasn’t the whole story. In May 1992, Reed passed away at the age of 59 with many assuming that cancer took his life. However, his death certificate revealed otherwise as the world learned that Reed had HIV. Valuing his privacy and avoiding unwanted publicity, Reed only told a few close friends of his diagnosis. It was only after his death that they realized Reed had lived his life privately as a gay man.


#14 – Arthur Ashe
Considered one of the greatest tennis players over the last 50 years, Arthur Ashe won three Grand Slam singles titles and two more doubles titles throughout his incredible 21-year career.


Turning pro in 1959, Ashe became the only black man ever to win the singles title at Wimbledon, the Australian Open or the United States Open. With 818 wins, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985 after his 1980 retirement.

In the early 1980s, Ashe underwent a heart bypass surgery during which he contracted the HIV virus through a blood transfusion.

Hiding his diagnosis for years, Ashe finally announced his illness in 1992 after becoming extremely ill. With the world in his corner, Ashe worked closely with AIDS awareness groups and started the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS. On February 6, 1993, Ashe passed away from pneumonia that was caused by AIDS. Just four months later, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton.


#13 – Tom Fogerty
“I want to know, have you ever seen the rain?” Tom Fogerty and his brother, John, were members of the legendary rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Though Fogerty played with other bands like The Blue Velvets and The Golliwogs, he will forever be known for his work with CCR whose songs like “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”, “Fortunate Son” and “Bad Moon Rising” will go down in music history.


Much like Ashe, Fogerty contracted HIV in the 1980s from a blood transfusion during what began as a routine back surgery. Despite the bleak diagnosis, Fogerty and his brother continued to grow further apart, unable to resolve the ongoing creative differences that stemmed from their time in CCR. On September 6, 1990, at 49 years old, Fogerty died from a tuberculosis infection caused by AIDS.


#12 – Robbin Crosby
What’s glam metal without big hair bands? In the days of hair metal, one of the biggest bands in the industry was known as Ratt whose guitarist was none other than Robbin Crosby. Earning several platinum albums throughout the 1980s and despite the drama surrounding the band and its members, Ratt found great success with hits such as “Round and Round” and “Lay It Down”.


Outside of the band’s fame, few rock fans knew that Crosby had contracted HIV until the band was featured in an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. On the show, Crosby revealed that his life had basically been ruined because of drug use and HIV. Just two years later, in 2001, Crosby announced that his 1994 diagnosis had progressed into AIDS, which led to numerous hospital visits due to complications. Though Crosby picked up other hobbies to take his mind off the disease, rumors of his June 6, 2002 death still run wild as many believe he overdosed on heroin.


#11 – Anthony Perkins
Known by many as the infamous Norman Bates in Psycho, Anthony Perkins was already an Academy Award nominated actor thanks to his stellar performance in the 1956 film Friendly Persuasion.


With other appearances in The Trial, Murder on the Orient Express and Fear Strikes Out, Perkins will forever be known as Alfred Hitchcock’s notorious psycho.


By the mid-1980s with Psycho III already in production, Perkins found out that he was HIV positive. Worried about his future in film, Perkins had long avoided getting tested but a fake story in The National Enquirer spreading rumors about him having HIV led him to find out the truth. Once the test confirmed the rumors, Perkins did his best to maintain his privacy until his death, at just 60 years old, in September 1992 from AIDS related pneumonia.


#10 – Jim J. Bullock
Hailing from the great state of Wyoming, Jim J. Bullock first got his start in acting when he appeared on the television show Too Close for Comfort. From there, he became one of the regulars on the popular game show, Hollywood Squares, from 1986 to 1989.

 With other television credits including Battlestars and ALF, Bullock has managed to stay busy with Nickelodeon’s sitcom Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.

In 1985, Bullock was working on The Ted Knight Show when he learned that he had contracted HIV. Shortly after, Bullock appeared on a game show where the host said that he looked “in the pink of health”.

In true Bullock fashion, he snapped back, “I’m…no. I’m about to die, actually. But let’s not talk about that now, OK?” Definitely an awkward moment for everyone, Bullock had much more to deal with as his partner, John Casey, passed away in 1996 from AIDS. Now, at 60 years old, Bullock remains healthy and manages his HIV while staying active in the industry.


#9 – Gene Anthony Ray
Best known in the 1980s during the dance craze, Gene Anthony Ray appeared in the film Fame and the television series that followed from 1982 to 1987. Ray landed the role after he skipped school to audition for the film and nailed it!

 Though he had trouble finding regular work after the television series ended, he managed to land a few commercial roles as well as appearances in films such as Out-of-Sync and Eddie.

Widely characterized as a flamboyant partygoer, life after Fame proved to be difficult for Ray as he attempted to open a dance school in Milan that quickly failed. With his life falling apart at the seams, Ray went from sharing a flat with three porn stars to sleeping on park benches after his 1996 diagnosis as HIV positive. Avoiding all questions about his sexuality until his death in November 2003, Ray’s mother finally confirmed the rumors about her son’s disease.


#8 – Amanda Blake
The only female on our list, Amanda Blake was a member of one of the longest running television shows, Gunsmoke. Cast as the fiery redhead, Miss Kitty Russell, on America’s favorite western, Blake also appeared in shows such as The Love Boat, Hart to Hart and The New Dragnet.


 Though many knew that Blake’s cigarette habit had led to her 1977 diagnosis of oral cancer, few knew that she also had AIDS. Many assumed from the reports by her doctor, family and friends that cancer claimed her life on August 16, 1989. However, Blake’s death certificate told an entirely different story as it reported that she passed away due to CMV hepatitis, an AIDS related illness. It was finally confirmed by Blake’s family that she had contracted HIV from her fourth husband, Mark Spaeth, who died in 1985.


#7 – Holly Johnson
As new wave music reached the height of its popularity in the 1980s, one of the many bands that jumped on board was Frankie Goes to Hollywood, which was led by Holly Johnson.

 Known as an English artist, musician and writer, Johnson and his band achieved huge success with hit songs including “The Power of Love” and “Relax”.

By the early 1990s, Johnson had debuted as a solo artist just as the popularity of Frankie began to wane. At the same time, in November 1991, he was diagnosed as HIV positive. Because of the series of unfortunate events, Johnson took a break from music to live a more private life while managing the virus. Now, after more than two decades, the 55-year-old Johnson has given up smoking and drinking in exchange for vitamins and medications, which has obviously served him well.



#6 – Greg Louganis
When it comes to diving, Greg Louganis is at the top of the list after winning four gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games. Though he’s known for his incredible athleticism, he’s also known for the tragic accident during the 1988 Games when he hit his head on the diving board but somehow rebounded for an epic win.

 Just six months before the 1988 Olympics, Louganis learned that he was HIV positive but decided to keep the diagnosis private while undergoing treatments every four hours with the experimental drug, AZT. By 1995, Louganis publicized his condition only to have many of his sponsors drop him as HIV was considered extremely taboo at the time. Many others also criticized Louganis for not disclosing his diagnosis especially when he spilled blood into the pool after hitting his head. Today, Louganis continues to serve as an activist for the LGBT community and for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.


#5 – Rudy Galindo
Another international athlete on the list, Rudy Galindo is an American figure skater known for his incredible talent and grace on the ice. Perhaps best known as Kristi Yamaguchi’s partner in the United States National Championships in 1989 and 1990, Galindo was also the 1996 U.S.


National Champion, the 1987 World Junior Champion and a Bronze Medalist at the 1996 World Figure Skating Championships.


In the midst of his success, Galindo revealed in 1996 that he was gay and that his brother, who was 10 years older, had passed away from AIDS complications. Four years later, in 2000, Galindo announced that he had contracted HIV. Now, at 46 years old, Galindo is successfully managing the disease and appears healthy while choosing to keep his health and personal life as private as possible.


#4 – Jerry Herman
From the skating rink to the theater, Broadway fans are sure to recognize the name of Jerry Herman, one of the most recognized composers in the industry. The two-time Tony Award winner has composed scores for hit Broadway musicals including Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles.

 Honored with the 2009 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre, Herman’s honors didn’t stop there as he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2010.

With little known about HIV in the 1980s, Herman’s diagnosis in 1984 felt like a death sentence and led him to make his final plans and say his goodbyes to his dearest friends and family. However, thanks to experimental treatments in the 1980s that helped him manage the disease, Herman, who is now in his 80s, is still very much “alive and well and thriving” with little, if any, symptoms.


#3 – Magic Johnson
He shoots! He scores! Known as one of the best players in college basketball history at Michigan State, Earvin “Magic” Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

With five NBA championships, 12 All-Star Games, three MVP Awards and an Olympic Gold Medal, Johnson quickly became a basketball star and legend.

As HIV became more and more prominent in the late 1980s, many believed that the diagnosis only affected gay men. However, in 1991, as Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV positive, the world’s perspective changed.

Still in the prime of his NBA career, Johnson took the opportunity to become an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. A prime example for what medicine can do, Johnson’s treatment has gone so well that there are almost no symptoms of the virus and, astonishingly enough, his T-levels are almost the same as a normal person. Talk about a modern marvel in medicine!


#2 – Andrew Sullivan
Possibly one of the most intelligent people on our list, Andrew Sullivan is an incredibly well-educated man with a Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University as well as an M.P.A.

and a Ph.D. from Harvard. Widely known as a conservative political commentator, Sullivan is also an author and the former editor of The New Republic. Previously working with some of the biggest media platforms in the world including Time and The Atlantic, he has recently announced his retirement from blogging in 2015.
Openly gay and HIV positive for years, the native Brit had always dreamed of becoming a United States citizen but, because of his HIV-positive status, had always been denied. In 2011 after the ban on immigrants with HIV was lifted, Sullivan was granted citizenship and proudly showed off his Green Card on The Chris Matthews Show. Now living in Massachusetts with his husband, the 52-year-old appears healthy and happy as he openly discusses and advocates for gay rights and HIV awareness.


#1 – Charlie Sheen
Perhaps the biggest star to announce that he is HIV positive, Charlie Sheen was an A-list movie star in the 1980s and 1990s with hit films including Platoon, Wall Street and Major League.

Transitioning from the silver screen to television, Sheen proved his talent with credits in Spin City, Two and a Half Men, and Anger Management. In fact, despite his brief psychotic break during Two and a Half Men, he was the highest paid actor in all of television after earning an impressive $1.8 million per episode.

Sheen made his announcement on November 17 in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America that he was HIV positive. He told the news program, “I think that I release myself from this prison today” as a weight was obviously lifted from his shoulders. According to Sheen, he has paid millions of dollars to keep his illness in check and will possibly pay millions more as several women sue him for not disclosing that he knew about having the virus. Needless to say, it’s always interesting to see where things go from here with Sheen.

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