Anderson Cooper and Rosie Perez on
Thursday remembered AIDS activist Spencer Cox.
Cox, who had been involved in
AIDS-related activism for over 20 years, died Tuesday at the age of
44 in New York City of causes related to AIDS.
activist Spencer Cox dead at age 44.)
Cooper paid tribute to Cox during a
segment on his daytime talk show with co-host Perez.
“You know, every now and then you
come across real life heroes,” Cooper told his audience. “People
who have done remarkable things particularly at a young age. And
there was a man named Spencer Cox who died yesterday at the age of
44. He was an AIDS activist when he was like 20 years old. He was a
spokesman for a group called ACT UP. He later went on to found a
group called TAG, the Treatment Action Group. Which really
revolutionized the way the medicine was tested and ultimately
delivered to people. And he really helped speed up drug trials that
got life-saving HIV medication to people. Saved countless lives by
helping to speed up this process.”
Perez added that she was inspired by
Cox's advocacy. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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