Veteran Entertainment Journalist Pens Touching Column About Brother With AIDS

Veteran Entertainment Journalist Pens Touching Column About Brother With AIDS

Ray Richmond has worked for Variety, THR, the LA Times and Deadline, but he may have just written his most important story for the Glendale News-Press

Ray Richmond is a veteran entertainment journalist who has worked for Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, the Los Angeles Times and Deadline Hollywood, but he may have just written his most important story for the Glendale News-Press.

Richmond's brother, Len, is fighting a battle with AIDS in Santa Monica. On Saturday, Richmond penned a touching tribute to his older sibling, who was diagnosed with full-blown AIDS less than a month ago.

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Short but effective, the powerful column hits home for anyone who has ever had to watch a loved one suffer, and serves as a reminder of how precious life is.

Richmond writes:

“How did this happen to me?” Len asks, his body failing him, his eyes uncomprehending.

I have no answers. But I still have plenty of hope. So does his doctor. So does Len. Because we know that AIDS need not be a death sentence any longer.

It's amazing how quickly and completely those past resentments disappear when you see someone you care so deeply about gripped by such monumentally debilitating disease and despair.

I never told Len how much I loved him before. Lately, I tell him every day.”

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Read Richmond's full column at Glendale News-Press, where you can learn how to contact the longtime reporter and show your support.

  • Ray Richmond

    Hi Jeff. I can't convey how very grateful I am that you penned this story. It isn't about me but about my brother, who has been fairly overwhelmed by the love and support he's received. It speaks to the sensitivity of Sharon and yourself and everyone at The Wrap that you saw fit to post this. I can't thank you enough.

  • Dave

    “How did this happen to me?” Len asks………uhhhhh

    • Ray Richmond

      Wow, what a sensitive soul you are, Dave. Must feel proud firing out idiotic comments during such a devastating time for the people involved here, huh? And so am I to surmise from your “uhhhhh” (so very eloquent) that my brother somehow deserves to die a horrible death from AIDS? That he asked for it because he's a “faggot,” perhaps? That having sex means he brought it on himself? Right. First off, his comment wasn't meant to be taken literally. It was the devastated words of a man in profoundly failing health. But I'm sure you know that. You just couldn't resist the opportunity to slip in a snarky little comment to show how cool and straight you are — right? Hope you feel really great about yourself, you piece of dog vomit.