HIV/AIDS is no respecter of race, class or celebrity status.
People of African descent know this better than anyone. Black people worldwide are disproportionately affected by the disease when compared to other races. To date, more than 230,000 African Americans have died from AIDS and, in 2010, 1.2 million people in Africa died from disease.
Some of those deaths included some high-profile Black celebrities. As the world comes together for World AIDS Day, NewsOne will commemorate some notable Black celebrities who have died from AIDS.
1) Alvin Ailey
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One of America’s greatest dance choreographers, Ailey is credited with popularizing modern dance and increasing African-American participation in modern dance concerts. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 1988.
He died a year later.
2) Willi Smith
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A fashion designer known for his “Williwear” clothing line, Smith…
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