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From the archive, 3 October 1985: Rock Hudson, victim of Aids, dies aged 59

3 October 2011 4:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Originally published in the Guardian on 3 October 1985

Rock Hudson, the American film star who disclosed in July that he had Aids, died in his sleep in Los Angeles yesterday, aged 59.

He had been discharged from a Los Angeles hospital on August 24 after doctors said that there was nothing more that they could do for him.

Elizabeth Taylor said: "Please God, he has not died in vain." President Reagan, an old friend, said: "Nancy and I are saddened. He will be remembered for his humanity, sympathetic spirit and kindness." Linda Gray, who appeared with Hudson in Dynasty, said: "His legacy will be our continued fight for a cure for Aids."

Hudson's last public action was to send a message of support to the recent benefit dinner, organised by Elizabeth Taylor, to raise funds for the medical battle against Aids. More than $1 million was raised.

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