Sir Elton John pays tribute as US playwright and Aids activist Larry Kramer dies aged 84

Sir Elton John pays tribute as US playwright and Aids activist Larry Kramer dies aged 84
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Posted on 28 May 2020

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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