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Larry Kramer, AIDS Activist, Culture Critic, Playwright & Author, Dies @ 84 Following many years of ill health, Larry Kramer, the nation's most iconic AIDS activist — and rattler of cages — died of pneumonia Wednesday at 84. Mr. Kramer's husband, David Webster, reported that the cause was pneumonia. Kramer was a long-term survivor of HIV and also underwent a liver transplant in 2001, which he — of course — wrote about. Kramer was born on June 25, 1935, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and grew up in Maryland. Gay from a young age, he attended Yale, where he attempted