Rock Hudson’s partner Marc Christian dead (of drug overdose?)

Following Hudson's death, Marc Christian, Hudson's former lover, sued his estate on grounds of "intentional infliction of emotional distress".
Still image from a 1989 Interview With Rock Hudson’s Ex-Lover Marc Christian – Image Source: YouTube

Marc Christian passed away on June 2nd, 2009, amidst reports of a drug overdose. But wait, hold the phone! According to our friends at SF Gate, there’s more to this story – Marc Christian’s real final act was caused by a different kind of love affair.

So, here’s the scoop on Marc Christian, the guy often labeled either as the “good friend” or “partner” of the late and hunky Rock Hudson. The plot twist here is that neither AIDs nor drugs played a part in Marc Christian’s final act. Nope, it was his enduring love affair with cigarettes.

You might recall that after Rock Hudson’s death in 1985, Marc Christian sued Hudson’s estate, claiming “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” The lawsuit revolved around Hudson, who knew he had AIDS, continuing to have a sexual relationship with Christian for eight months. In the end, a jury awarded Christian $14.5 million and set a huge precedent in consent laws surrounding those HIV/AIDS.

Rock Hudson star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on June 29, 2018.

Fast forward to 1998; the same year Marc got the news of Frank Sinatra’s passing – a moment that had special significance for him because he absolutely adored Old Blue Eyes. According to Christian’s sister, Susan Dahl, “He loved Frank Sinatra.” Thus, starting his long-time love affair with the cancer sticks and pulmonary problems, which lead to his eventual death.

So, mystery solved! RIP Marc.

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