12/25/2012 01:52 am ET Updated Feb 23, 2013

David Ansen Recalls When AIDS Silenced The Arts

On Wednesday Jan. 6, 1993, the great dancer Rudolf Nureyev died in Paris. The initial, official cause of death was said to be a "cardiac complication" that followed a long illness. But it wasn't hard to read between the lines: everybody knew he was the latest in an agonizingly long line of people in the arts who had died of AIDS.

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