Timothy Ray Brown is the man who changed medical beliefs and was dubbed the 'Berlin Patient' after he was the first person known to be cured of HIV infection.
Sadly, Ray died recently at the age of 54.
He died in California in his Palm Springs home. His partner Tim Hoeffgen shared the news with the world.
Tim shared the sad news on social media.
Cause Of Death
Timothy's death was caused by a return of cancer that had prompted the bone marrow and stem cell transplants he had in 2007 and 2008.
As scientists believe, it was this treatment that helped Timothy's body not only get rid of leukemia but also HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Although cancer had returned in 2019 and claimed Timothy's life, he was still HIV-free until he died.
Timothy was quoted as saying he was glad he had the transplant. He feels it led to doors opening that didn't exist before and inspires scientists to work even harder.
He passed away at just after 3 pm on Tuesday, 29 September, surrounded by his friends and with his partner at his side.
At that point, he had been fighting leukemia for five months.
International Aids Society Saddened By Timothy's Death
The International Aids Society had asked Timothy to deliver a speech at an Aids conference after being free of HIV.
He did, and many people were left in awe.
Society expressed its sadness at the 54-year-old's death in a statement. They feel they owe Timothy for helping promote research for a cure.
Possibility Of A Cure
Thanks to Timothy's treatment, the medical world has hope for an ultimate cure for HIV.
According to reports, in 2016, Adam Castillejo became healthy by a very similar transplant to Timothy.
The man's nickname is the 'London Patient'.
However, donors for these transplants are very rare, and it is a medical risk. As a result, this isn't a viable option for everyone.
Researchers have been looking into other similar ways to treat HIV, such as gene therapy.
Earlier in 2020, reports stated that researchers believe they achieved long-term remission in a man from Brazil.
A mixture of drugs aimed to flush the dormant HIV from the man's body and seems to have succeeded. Now, it's a matter of waiting to see if it was truly effective.