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Date Posted: 08:59:57 05/19/04 Wed
Author: BS
Subject: Re: Ray's last days
In reply to: Cindy 's message, "Re: Ray's last days" on 17:43:10 04/23/04 Fri

>Any idea how he got AIDS? I've ruled out drugs because
>it just didn't seem like his way.
>I could also slap anyone who said he was gay. Not that
>I'm homophobic, but I hear he liked the ladies.
>I was reading on one of the other chat boards (maybe
>it was this one), and someone said he gave AIDS to a
>woman. And that her family didn't want some album
>Tribute released. Is that true?
>Anything more about his daughter like how she's doing?
>I never read any interviews where he talked about her.
>Have you?
>Yeah, I saw that Jade/Ashley publishing. She must have
>meant something to him for him to incorporate her into
>his songwriting so to speak.
>I wonder what kind of father he was--strict, happy go
>lucky, etc.
>I knew about his girlfriend, Karina (through reading
>his mother's comments), but I have no idea if she's
>Ashley's mother.
>Reading your posting I'm assuming that whatever
>girlfriend he may have had didn't stick with him
>through this, which makes me sad because I try to do a
>lot of AIDS awareness work. If I had been old enough
>and lived in the area where he lived when he was
>alive, I would have honored to take care of him. It
>would've been hard emotionally though to see such a
>talent fading.
>I really miss what he could've been and where his
>talent could have gone. I often wished he had taken
>the Cats gig instead because maybe things would've
>turned out differently for him.
>I'm glad Al Romano helped out. I'm also glad that if
>Jake E. Lee and the guys knew he was stick and had
>AIDS that they kept it secret. That was the noble
>thing to do.
>It's funny though, I knew he was sick when I saw a
>photo of him flexing his muscles (the same way I knew
>that film critic Gene Siskel was ill after watching
>him on TV one night), and I said to myself he looked
>awfully frail. He was smiling, but I could by the
>smallness of his body that he was sick, but I had no
>I wonder if he knew he was dying. Anyway, like I said,
>after taking care of patients, I kind of know when a
>person doesn't look themselves.
>Ray was never really a robust man to begin with. But I
>screamed (to myself) every time I saw photos of him in
>leather. They must have been custom-made because they
>ALWAYS fit him like a glove.
>Thanks for answering my questions. I bought everything
>but the SRS album yesterday after reading your
>posting. But I'll buy that, too, at some point. I
>assume it's worth having?
>Does he do a lot of singing on it? Some of the lyrics
>on Dusk are sad to listen to. In fact, some of the
>songs, I can't. There's one that goes something like
>"Lord, I think I'm healing." God only knows what he
>meant by that.
>He either had hope that he was going to beat it, or he
>was preparing himself for death, and the healing he
>was talking about was a spiritual healing rather than
>healing from the disease.

As I used to change Ashleys' diapers I can tell you that her mother is a wonderful human being named Claudine.

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