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Date Posted: 08:45:02 12/06/11 Tue
Author: rainbow
Subject: Re: All about Ray Gillen...
In reply to: rainbow 's message, "Re: All about Ray Gillen..." on 08:42:59 12/06/11 Tue

>>I seriously doubt Ray abused drugs; somehow that just
>>doesn't fit--tho very little of the man's real and
>>private life is known. I've tried to find info on him
>>online, but even when people are asked about him in
>>interviews, no one says much except "great guy,"
>>"phenomenal talent" or just "I knew him, RIP." I've
>>never had so much difficulty finding information on
>>someone before.
>>Ray commented in a late-80s interview that while he
>>drinks his share, he's not excessive and doesn't party
>>because "I want to stay healthy" (he was dead about 5
>>years later). Glenn Hughes has said that Ray was in
>>serious denial about his disease and would always tell
>>him he didn't have it, he said they both watched the
>>tribute to Freddie Mercury together and Ray told him
>>again he didn't have AIDS. Hughes said Ray once showed
>>him bloodwork to prove it, only later Glenn found out
>>it was actually Ray's brother's-in-law--not Ray's.
>>Even Ray's mom denied it was AIDS.
>>I do think it's short-sighted to presume he may have
>>been gay or a drug user to contract it. While men are
>>less likely to contract AIDS from a woman than they
>>are to transmit it to either sex, it is entirely
>>possible. Ray was gorgeous, charismatic and gifted. I
>>have no doubt he had his pick of ladies. He may have
>>experimented sexually, been promiscuous or tried drugs
>>in his younger days and contracted it, long before
>>anyone even knew what AIDS was. He could have had a
>>blood transfusion and gotten it. He could have been
>>bisexual. No one's talking, so we may never know.
>>If Ray was in such denial about his disease, as all
>>reports seem to suggest (Glenn commented that Ray
>>"left a lot of unanswered questions for people," and
>>also mentioned that Ray and his girlfriend would visit
>>Glenn's house before Ray died--you have to wonder if
>>Ray transmitted the disease to anyone else. Badlands
>>saw their share of groupies. Someone had suggested he
>>dated the chick Susie Owens from the "Winter's Call"
>>video; she was a Playmate and he was a rock star, so
>>you can assume that if it's true, they slept together.
>>He also has a daughter, Ashley, who'd probably be
>>about... 20 now I guess. I get the impression he
>>contracted the disease after her birth.
>>That's about all I know and there aren't any answers,
>>but I hope some of that helps a little with all the
>>Ray questions on the board.
>Ray was too beautiful and talented to be taken in such
>a cruel way :-(

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