Rick Aviles 1952-1995
Actor and comedian Rick Aviles who hosted ‘It’s Showtime at the Apollo’ and played Willie Lopez in the film ‘Ghost’ contracted HIV through heroin abuse and died from complications of AIDS at age 43. (Photo: Tumblr)
Today, February 7, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day. Since the beginning of the epidemic, nearly 30 million people worldwide have died from HIV/AIDS. This is a tribute to a few familiar faces of folks we loved and continue to miss who lost their life to AIDS.