Larry Kramer, Longtime AIDS Activist, Dead At 84

Larry Kramer, longtime AIDS pioneer, died on Wednesday morning (May 27) in New York City. He was 84.

As per The New York Times, the gay rights activist passed away due to pneumonia. Close friend Will Schwalbe told Reuters by phone that Kramer's death was not related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kramer was born in 1935, grew up in Washington D.C. and graduated from Yale University in 1957. He'd go on to form the collective that would be known as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, as well as ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) as AIDS first emerged in the 1980s. The latter is known for organizing and staging protests to urge health care officials to spend more money on research for the disease.

He also served as a playwright and it was his off-Broadway production of The Normal Heart that made waves as a tale of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It was later made into an HBO miniseries starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and more. It was also revived on the Broadway stage.

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