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    Tennis champion Arthur Ashe, the first black man to win the Wimbledon Men's title died on Saturday (February 7) from pneumonia resulting from AIDS (Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome).

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    Tennis champion Arthur Ashe, the first black man to win the Wimbledon Men's title died on Saturday (February 7) from pneumonia resulting from AIDS (Acquired Immune-Deficiency Syndrome).

    His death at the age of 49 came 10 months after he revealed he was HIV-positive, carrying a virus which leads to AIDS.

    Ashe was the only black to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon when he beat Jimmy Connors in 1975. He went on to lobby for racial equality throughout the world.

    His later years were marred by illness. A heart attack forced him to retire from competitive tennis in 1979. After his first heart operation he was named Davis Cup captain and steered his team to victories in the 1981 and 1982 finals.

    He became HIV-positive from infected blood received after surgery, most likely after his second operation in 1983. In 1992 he stated he was HIV positive. He said he had delayed the announcement to protect his family from prejudice against those infected.

    Ashe worked to bring tennis to inner-city youth and in 1985 was arrested in an anti-apartheid demonstration in front of the South African Embassy in Washington.

    He continued defying colour barriers and campaigning for AIDS awareness until the end of his life.

    President Bill Clinton and celebrities from the tennis world paid tribute to Ashe as a player and anti-apartheid activist.


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    Film ID:
    VLVABZ4LAIUS5538ELSD12I2A79IX
    Media URN:
    VLVABZ4LAIUS5538ELSD12I2A79IX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:56:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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