US playwright and Aids activist Larry Kramer has died of pneumonia at the age of 84.
Responding to the news, Sir Elton John tweeted that the world had "lost a giant of a man who stood up for gay rights like a warrior".
A confrontational figure, Kramer depicted the darkest days of the Aids crisis in his landmark play, The Normal Heart, published in 1985. More recently he wrote the two-volume The American People, a decades-long project chronicling the history of LGBTs in the US.
Speaking about his Aids activism, the playwright once said: "I often make the comparison with a war reporter whose parachute drops behind enemy lines and he realises he's faced with the greatest story he can tell. I was not a political person before all this."
Image: Facebook/Larry Kramer
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