In Honor Of World Aids Day: Celebrities Who Died From HIV/AIDS

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Max Robinson

In 1978, Max Robinson made history by becoming the first African-American to fill the anchor seat at a major network when he joined ABC’s “World News Tonight.” During his career, Robinson was very outspoken about racial injustice and received critical acclaim for “The Other Washington,” a documentary on Black life in Anacostia. Robinson, founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, was diagnosed with AIDS while being treated for pneumonia but decided not to publicly reveal his diagnosis. He passed away on December 20, 1988 at the age of 49.

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