Larry Kramer, outspoken AIDS activist, dies at 84

Larry Kramer, outspoken AIDS activist, dies at 84

Larry Kramer, the noted writer whose raucous, antagonistic campaign for an all-out response to the AIDS crisis helped shift national health policy in the 1980s and ’90s, died on Wednesday morning in Manhattan. He was 84.

His husband, David Webster, said the cause was pneumonia. Mr. Kramer had weathered illness for much of his adult life.

He was a pivotal and confrontational figure during the Aids crisis in the 1980s, and depicted the era in his landmark 1985 play The Normal Heart.

Sir Elton John tweeted that it was “the saddest news” and that the world had “lost a giant of a man who stood up for gay rights like a warrior”.