AIDS

Former Heavyweight Champion Boxer Tommy Morrison Dies at Age 44

Former world heavyweight champion boxer Tommy Morrison has died, according to one of his former promoters.

Tony Holden said Monday that Morrison, who won one of his titles in Kansas City, died Sunday night at an Omaha, Neb., hospital. Morrison, who was born in Arkansas and grew up in Oklahoma before moving to Kansas City, was 44.

“It’s true,” said Holden, who lives in Tulsa, told the Tulsa World. “He was with his wife, Trisha, when he passed.”

“You prepare for things like this,” Holden told ESPN, “and still you feel like you got hit by a truck when you hear the news.”

Morrison’s family has not commented and an official cause of death has not been released. Diana Morrison, who lives in Aurora, Mo., told ESPN last month that her son was “in the end stages” from full-blown AIDS.

In Feb. 1996, Morrison was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission after it said he tested positive for HIV.

But 10 years later, Morrison attempted a comeback, telling The Star that a person can’t contract HIV from heterosexual sex and that the virus was a plot to control population. He said he was HIV free.

“You can look at me like I’m crazy if you want … It’s a latent virus that your body will get rid of on its own if you exercise and eat right,” Morrison told The Star in 2006. “It’s disappeared from my body twice where they can’t find the antibodies.”

Sir Elton To Publish Book About Aids Epidemic

Sir Elton John is putting pen to paper to share his experiences of the global Aids epidemic in his first book.The singer will write about losing friends, including Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, to the disease in Love Is The Cure: Ending The Global Aids Epidemic.

The non-fiction tome has been described by publishers Hodder & Stoughton as “the very personal story of Sir Elton’s life during the Aids epidemic, including his agony at seeing friend after friend perish needlessly”.
The Rocket Man has promised to donate proceeds to the Elton John Aids Foundation and hopes the book will help tackle the stigma attached to the disease.
He says, “Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer – and to help change – by writing this book… This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds.”
Sir Elton will release the book in July (12).

Bono Proud of AIDS Progress

Bono has heaped praise upon America’s politicians and medical researchers for their decade-long commitment to fighting AIDS.

The singer and devoted activist penned an opinion piece for The New York Times on Thursday in honor of World AIDS Day and in the article, he thanks a handful of U.S. leaders for their courageous work in creating such progress.

He writes, “Today, here we are, talking seriously about the end of this global epidemic. There are now 6.6 million people on life-saving AIDS medicine. But still too many are being infected. New research proves that early antiretrorviral treatment, especially for pregnant woman, in combination with male circumcision will slash the rate of new H.I.V. cases by up to 60 per cent. This is the tipping point we have been campaigning for. We’re nearly there.

“How did we get here? America led. I mean really led… A conservative president, George W. Bush, leading the largest ever response to the pandemic; the same Mr. Bush banging his desk when I complained that the drugs weren’t getting there fast enough, me apologizing to Mr. Bush when they did; Bill Clinton, arm-twisting drug companies to drop their prices; Hilary Rodham Clinton, making it policy to eradicate the transmission of H.I.V. from mother to child; President Obama, who is expected to make a game changing announcement this World AIDS Day, to finish what his predecessors started…

“And then there were the everyday, every-stripe Americans. Like a tattooed trucker I met off I-80 in Iowa who, when he heard how many African truck drivers were infected with H.I.V., told me he’d go and drive the pills there himself. Thanks to them, America led. Really led.”