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Arthur Ashe, 49, dies of pneumonia

Updated: January 31, 2002, 10:08 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Feb. 6, 1993

Arthur Ashe, the first African-American to win the U.S. Open (1968), Australian Open (1970) and Wimbledon (1975), dies of pneumonia, a complication of AIDS, at New York Hospital in Manhattan.

Ashe, who said he believed he contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, through a transfusion of tainted blood during heart bypass surgery in 1983, first learned of his infection after undergoing emergency brain surgery in 1988. Ashe didn't reveal his illness to the ...

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