Sir Elton John: 'A Teen's Compassion Made Me Want To Change My Life'

07/24/2012 09:12 am ET
  • Sir Elton John

Ryan White was 18 when he died in April 1990. He had suffered enormously in his short life as a haemophiliac who was then ostracised when he developed AIDS following a blood transfusion. His compassion and his grace in living and dying made me want to change, to tackle my drug, drink, sex and food addictions. My problems had a cure –- Ryan’s did not.