Famed AIDS Activist and Playwright Larry Kramer Dies at 84

Rebekah Sager
May 27, 2020 - 9:03 am

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Best known for his Tony Award-winning play "The Normal Heart," the Oscar-nominated screenwriter, playwright, author, and legendary gay rights and AIDS activist Larry Kramer has died at 84.

An aggressive and fierce advocate for those in the gay community, Kramer himself was infected with HIV.

His husband, David Weber, told the New York Times Kramer succumbed to pneumonia

Kramer founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the first service organization for H.I.V.-positive people, in 1981 and fought tirelessly to speed the process of saving the lives of people with HIV and AIDS.

Kramer famously called infectious-disease expert Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, a longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases a killer and “an incompetent idiot.” Years later, the two would learn to respect each other.

“Once you got past the rhetoric,” Dr. Fauci told the NYT in an interview for Kramer's obituary, “you found that Larry Kramer made a lot of sense, and that he had a heart of gold.”

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