Author and AIDS Activist Larry Kramer's Death – inside His Love Life with Husband David Webster
Larry Kramer, a playwright, author, and AIDS and gay rights activist, sadly died on Wednesday at the age of 84. He passed away in his Manhattan home from pneumonia.
Kramer is survived by his husband, William David Webster, 73, whom he married in New York on July 26, 2013. Their marriage was officiated by Eve M. Preminger, a retired Surrogate Court judge.
The couple got married at the NYU Langone Medical Center. At the time, Kramer, who was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on June 25, 1935, was there recovering from undergoing abdominal surgery to remove a bowel obstruction.
While speaking to the “Times” via a phone interview, Webster revealed how they’d chosen their wedding date before Kramer became sick. The architect said, at the time: “I had been traveling when Larry went into the hospital.”
He continued, “and when I was back and he was able to talk, he told me he had invited 20 people to the I.C.U. for the wedding.” Webster shared how the event ended up becoming “a little party at his bedside.”
At a time when fear & bigotry led many to ignore the human toll of the AIDS epidemic, Larry Kramer was a relentless, dissatisfied voice for justice. Through his activism, Larry demanded attention and saved lives. His vision & leadership will continue to inspire us all.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 27, 2020
A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HIS LIFE
Before their marriage, the two had been together for a long time. In 2015, Kramer’s life and career were outlined in the documentary “Larry Kramer in Love & Anger.”
Webster owns an architectural design firm in New York that’s named after him. He also happens to be the principal designer of the design firm.
WATCH: Dr. Anthony Fauci remembers the late HIV/AIDS activist Larry Kramer:— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) May 27, 2020
"He was just an extraordinary man. ... He changed the relationship between the afflicted community with a given disease and the scientific and regulatory community that has such a great impact on them." pic.twitter.com/MJRSs705VI
WORKING AS AN ACTIVIST
The late activist’s husband is a graduate of Columbia. In 1981, Kramer brought together 80 people in his New York apartment and founded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, which he was later removed from.
He then created the protest group, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (Act Up) in New York. Act Up took to Twitter to post a tribute to the founder.
I never met Larry Kramer but it feels like a close member of my family has died. Larry Kramer. A name that will always be synonymous with speaking out when it’s inconvenient, with righteous anger, with saving my community from extinction.— billy eichner (@billyeichner) May 27, 2020
In 1985, his autobiographical play, “The Normal Heart,” premiered at the Public Theater. It was revived again in 2011 on Broadway.
Larry Kramer’s passing is the saddest news. We have lost a giant of a man who stood up for gay rights like a warrior. His anger was needed at a time when gay men’s deaths to AIDS were being ignored by the American government... (1/3) pic.twitter.com/GRkAkNZrLg— Elton John (@eltonofficial) May 27, 2020
WHAT THE PLAY WAS ABOUT
The play was about the early days of the AIDS crisis in the United States. At Yale, a program in gay and lesbian studies was named after him.
Rest in power to our fighter Larry Kramer. Your rage helped inspire a movement. We will keep honoring your name and spirit with action. In the spirit of ACT UP, join us and chant this (three times). #ACTUPFightbackENDAIDS #ACTUPFightbackENDAIDS #ACTUPFightbackENDAIDS pic.twitter.com/4fAqeO6STW— ACT UP NY (@actupny) May 27, 2020
KRAMER’S LAST WORK
Before his death in March 2020, Kramer told “The New York Times” that he was working on a play about the gay community living through three plagues. One of the pandemics was the current novel coronavirus disease.
Many celebrities took to social media to pay their respects for the fallen activist.
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