BREAKING: Famed AIDS Activist and Playwright Larry Kramer Dies at 84


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 at their home in Manhattan. 

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. 

Ruthless when it came to fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community and inspiring others to take up the fight. In the 1990 documentary "Positive," he told a group of gay men, "I am going to go out screaming so f****** rudely that you will hear this coarse, crude voice of mine in your nightmares! You are going to die, and you are going to die very very soon, unless you get up off your f****** tushies and fight back!"

He made himself known in Hollywood with the adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novel into the film "Women in Love," and his first novel "Faggot," became a best-seller. 

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 one another. 

“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.”

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

— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) May 27, 2020

Sad to hear of Larry Kramer’s passing. We shared the stage in Lance Black’s play, “8” which highlighted our fight for marriage equality. He was a fierce advocate for gay rights. He and his passionate voice will be missed.

— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) May 27, 2020

He was fierce, he was important, he never backed down. He criticized the homophobes and the community itself. He wouldn't tolerate complacence or "thinking with your d**k". If he made you angry, yeah, well, that's what he did. RIP to a true legend.

— michael musto (@mikeymusto) May 27, 2020

Reading The Normal Heart as a kid changed my life and I was completely overwhelmed when I first met its author during its 2011 Broadway run. Devastated to learn of Larry Kramer’s passing and holding all his loved ones in my heart. Rest in power.

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 27, 2020

Don’t know a soul who saw or read The Normal Heart and came away unmoved, unchanged. What an extraordinary writer, what a life.Thank you, Larry Kramer.

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 27, 2020

We have lost a great man. Larry Kramer was a magnificent force whose intellect, heart & outrage awakened the nation to the horrors & losses of AIDS, the need for treatment & the inexcusable apathy of the Reagan WH. Love to David Webster, his husband--

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, Author and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84. gratitude to you Larry and rest in power. God bless all the people who’s lives you have changed with your fierce and powerful voice inspiring artists like Ellen barkin who loved you so much.

— Rosanna Arquette--✌-- (@RoArquette) May 27, 2020