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How did Halston die? The real story of the death of a legendary fashion designer

New Netflix series talks about her amazing life

The new Netflix series Halston is about the rise and fall of the iconic fashion designer in 1970s New York. At the peak of his career, Halston was the best of the best, but then lost control of his spending , his lifestyle and, more importantly, his brand. It was in 1990 that Halston would die, and the Netflix series shows how his fashion house was in a battle for control and the designer’s expenses and lifestyle had caught up with him.

Halston was born in Des Moines, Iowa on April 23, 1932. He is believed to have developed an interest in fashion from a very early age and over the course of his life Halston became one of the most sought after designers by the wealthy and the famous, with the first Lady Jackie Kennedy, Liza Minnelli and Lauren Bacall among her clients. Here’s what we know about his tragic death.

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How and when did fashion designer Roy Halston Fenwick die?

In 1988, Halston tested positive for HIV. After his health began to decline, he moved to San Francisco, where his family took care of him. After his hospitalization, his family reportedly brought him gourmet meals approved by his doctor. Halston took in stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Area from his hospital room, which was filled with orchids and other flowers.

On March 26, 1990, Roy Halston Fenwick died in his sleep from complications from AIDS. After a year-and-a-half battle with AIDS-linked lung cancer, the designer was 57 when he died of what the hospital described in a statement as “Kaposi’s sarcoma involving the lungs.” Kaposi’s sarcoma is a type of cancer that can form lumps in the skin, lymph nodes, or other organs.

In a statement shortly after his death, Halston’s brother said the family “mourns the loss of a beautiful and deeply respected brother and friend”. The statement added: “We thank everyone around the world who shared their thoughtful best wishes. America has lost a true patriot and its greatest designer, one of the greatest designers in the world.

At the time of Halston’s death, Liza Minnelli said: “I am very, very saddened by this loss. I just lost my best friend. Calvin Klein later called him “the greatest American fashion designer who ever lived”.

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