It was HIV/AIDS Aging Awareness Day on September 18, but that doesn’t mean we should just forget about people affected by the HIV/AIDS after that day passed. According to AOL, the AIDS Institute launched the day to focus on people who grow older during their treatments. The CDC states that over a million people in the United States are living with HIV infection. So far, about 660,000 people have with an AIDS diagnosis have died overall in the U.S. There is hope in the HIV-prevention program called pre-exposure prophylaxis. SFist just reported that a three-year study showed that people using this program had no new HIV infections. Here are some of the celebs who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS.
A lot of people love that song “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the fact that the lead singer of Queen was so iconic. Freddie Mercury was HIV-positive when he died of AIDS. According to Crave Online, there was a documentary made about Mercury called “Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender.” The New York Times said that Mercury died at his home in Kensington at the age of 45. His death involved bronchopneumonia. Before he died, Mercury called on his fans to join the fight against AIDS.
According to Fusion, a member of N.W.A. named Eazy-E died of AIDS in 1995. Then in an interview with VLADTV, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony revealed how they were convinced that he did not die from AIDS. Wi$h Bone said, “Even to this day, none of his kids, none of his kids, none of his baby mamas, mistresses, nobody has came up with HIV or nothing like that. So just rationally thinking, something had to go on.”
Gia Carangi was a famous supermodel according to Independent. Things went bad in her life and her family pressured her to enter a rehab program. She left treatment six months later and went back to being addicted to heroin. She soon found herself hospitalized. Blood tests showed that she had HIV related complex which was a precursor to AIDS. Papermag made a list that included the movie based on Carangi’s life called “Gia” starring Angelina Jolie.
Keith Haring was a famous artist in the 1980s. A writer named Andrew Yarrow wrote an obituary for Haring in the New York Times, saying he died of AIDS in his Manhattan home. You know his art when you see it. There are barking dogs and dancing figures in a colorful style. Haring was also quoted as saying, “I could earn more money if I just painted a few things and jacked up the price. My shop is an extension of what I was doing in the subway stations, breaking down the barriers between high and low art.”
Have you heard of the Creedence Clearwater Revival? Well one of the members was named Tom Fogerty and he reached 78th place on the Billboard hot 200 chart with his solo album in 1971. His Wikipedia states that he began singing rock and roll in high school and his band was called the Spider Webb and the Insects. Fogerty died in Arizona of AIDS after contracting HIV from blood transfusions for back ailments.
Steve Rubell died of AIDS complications. Rubell opened some steak restaurants in New York and Connecticut after he returned from the National Guard, according to his Wikipedia page. Then he helped open a club called Studio 54 in the old CBS studio on West 54th Street. The club made $7 million during its first year in 1977. That’s the equivalent of making over $29 million in 2015!!!! Rubell’s official cause of death was listed as hepatitis and septic shock complicated by AIDS.
This might be one of the most inspiring stories about a freelance journalist ever. The New York Times reported that Lance Loud was the eldest son of a reality television family in a 1973 documentary called “An American Family.” Loud was a freelance journalist and the leader of a New York rock band in the 70s. Loud came out on national television and even showed his mother to drag queens and hustlers. He died at the age of 50 from liver failure caused by Hepatitis C and HIV.
Peter Allen was an Oscar-winning songwriter who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1984, according to the New York Times. Apparently, his father was an abusive alcoholic and Allen dropped out of school to support his family in Australia. Judy Garland discovered him in 1964 at the Hong Kong Hilton. He won the Academy Award for the theme music to the 1981 film “Arthur.” Allen divorced Liza Minnelli in 1974 and then took the model Gregory Connell as a partner.
Brad Davis was an actor in the movie “Midnight Express.” According to the LA Times, Davis wanted to write a book about having HIV. He said, “The purpose of this book is to reveal what it’s like to be infected with HIV, to be receiving treatment, and having to remain anonymous at all costs – chronicling how I have done this for over six years. This may not be such a novel premise. Nobody wants to walk down the street with a sign saying ‘AIDS’ pinned to his or her shirt.” An announcement said he died of AIDS.
Klaus Sperber was a celebrity who was born in Germany. Open Culture says that he changed his name to Klaus Nomi in the 70s and his musical career started when he was discovered by David Bowie. He was diagnosed with AIDS and later died in 1983 at the age of 39. Nomi combined opera and New Wave pop music and had retro futuristic science fiction style shows. His last performance was a European concert tour and he sang an aria from Henry Purcell’s 1961 opera “King Arthur or, The British Worthy.”
Derek Jarman directed a movie with Tilda Swinton in it. Swinton was the witch in those “Narnia” movies among other roles. According to Queer Cultural Center, Jarman died at the age of 52 from AIDS complications. During his life, he told the public about his HIV infection and included themes of AIDS into his work like the movies “The Garden” and “Blue.” He described himself as one of the last people to remember “the countryside before mechanization intervened and destroyed everything.”
There was controversy surrounding the death of the Soviet-born dancer Rudolf Nureyev. According to Virus Myth, Nureyev died in 1993 and his doctor Michel Canesi told the media that he died of a cardiac complication. He refused to say anything else. The rumors state that friends of Nureyev said he had AIDS. In an interview with a French newspaper called Le Figaro, Dr. Canesi said Nureyev died of AIDS. The mystery was solved.
Amanda Blake was on the television show “Gunsmoke.” People reported that she died at the age of 60 and she did not die of oral cancer as originally claimed. She was the first Hollywood actress to die of AIDS. Her doctor was named Lou Nishimura and said, “Technically she died of liver failure brought on by viral hepatitis, which was AIDS-related. Once she knew she had it, she decided to keep it to herself.”
The show “The Brady Bunch” was about as squeaky clean of an American family as you could get. There was Marcia with her football nose incident and Cindy with her lisp. Then there was the father played by Robert Reed who was HIV positive when he died in 1992, according to Huffington Post. Reed never came out as gay. Doctors believed that his HIV status made his death come quicker. Christopher Knight was another actor on the show who thought he was a good father figure.
Pedro Zamora died from AIDS-related complications 21 years ago. Zamora was on “Real World: San Francisco” and MTV released a statement last year about him. “With Pedro, we brought an openly gay, HIV-positive man into households across America – something that had never been done before. When we cast Pedro, we knew he was someone special, but we had no idea the impact he would have on our society, our culture and putting a face on AIDS,” said MTV.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.