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H.I.V. and AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent dies at 39.

Hydeia Broadbent, a leading advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, passed away at her Las Vegas home at the age of 39. Her father, Loren Broadbent, confirmed her death, though the cause was not disclosed.

Ms. Broadbent began her advocacy work at the young age of 6, appearing on television to share her experience living with HIV and educate the public about the virus during a time of widespread fear and stigma. In a poignant interview with basketball star Magic Johnson in 1992, she tearfully emphasized the humanity of those living with HIV, receiving reassurance from Johnson himself.

Born on June 14, 1984, in Las Vegas, Ms. Broadbent was adopted by Loren and Patricia Broadbent after being abandoned at birth. Diagnosed with HIV at 3 years old, she faced learning challenges due to her illness but continued to advocate for HIV awareness throughout her life.

Ms. Broadbent’s advocacy efforts garnered recognition, particularly within the African American community. Ebony magazine honored her twice as one of the “Most Influential 150 African Americans” in 2008 and 2011.

Even in adulthood, Ms. Broadbent remained committed to combating HIV/AIDS stigma and misinformation, stressing the importance of prevention and education. Despite her challenges, she expressed gratitude for her life and remained dedicated to advocating for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

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