Elton John At Int’l AIDS Conference: “I Should Be Six Feet Under”

By all rights I shouldn’t be here today. I should be dead—six feet under in a wooden box. I should have contracted HIV in the 1980s and died in the 1990s, just like Freddie Mercury, just like Rock Hudson. Every day I wonder, how did I survive?”

Sir Elton John, discussing his reckless lifestyle at the height of the AIDS crisis, at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC.