A US youngster suffering from AIDS who along with sufferer Ryan White joined Elton on stage for his For the Love of Children benefit concert in Los Angeles on July 9, 1988, has died.
Jason Robertson, whose battle to attend school as a boy with AIDS in the 1980s helped other children with the virus overcome its stigma, died September 4, 2003. He was 23.
Ryan White came to prominence in the late 1980s as his fought bigotry in the community. White died in 1990 and Elton attended the funeral and performed a tribute show. That spawned Elton's interest in championing charitable causes for AIDS research abnd care, and subsequently led to the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992.