Arthur Ashe’s final message – just released to the public

Arthur Ashe’s final message – just released to the public

Arthur Ashe, beloved tennis champion and outspoken AIDS awareness activist, passed away on February 6, 1993. That very day, he was slated to participate in The Connecticut Forum’s 2nd ever Forum event, “Straight Talk and Honest Answers About AIDS.” Arthur could not participate in the Forum due to new medical treatments he was undergoing, so two days prior to the Forum, he mailed a videotape with a message to the Forum audience. His message, featured in this videoclip and shown to the audience that night, was a practical and poignant call for compassion and understanding. It would be his last public message – Arthur Ashe died just hours before the event, and his death was not made public until the event was underway.

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MrLive2win says:

A real champion- The one who wanted to help as many win at life and not just the tennis courts.

Billy Bronco says:

A great man of gravitas and intelligence.

Julia Renee Green says:

He seemed like a very bright man with a great initiative to support… all because he understood how important it was to get the message out to save the young lives of our youth from STDs. May he R.I.P.

sharpasaneraser says:


Mary says:

Very sad! Intelligent man.

Gary Hamilton says:

A great role model.

Bowler Guy says:

The only issue I have is that he’s reading from a script. Therefore it’s scripted.

Tristan Bell says:

This man was my cousin.

lucy nitze says:

omg… was he gay??

Yankie Doodle says:

Yet another death on the conscience of the blood industry.

Pikachu Chan says:

I go to Author Ashe elementary-school

Nancy Iverson says:

Thank you Arthur,

Liz Wall says:

It is now January 29, 2017 and this message from Arthur Ashe still brought tears to my eyes. Such a brave, intelligent and caring man. And then to know he passed away the very day this was released makes it even more, both, amazing and sad. The contents of his message are both strong and right to the point. Only 45,270 views! My goal – to reach as many young and old on Social Media to listen and learn from this. May his legacy live on! XXX

Lawrence Fishberg says:

Rest easy…

Craig Talbert says:


Maxine Farrington says:

I had Arthur Ashe on several of my flights when I was a flight attendant with Pan Am.  He was quite the rising tennis star at that time.  We all thought he was such a gentlemen.  He asked if any of us played the game, at that time, I didn’t play the game.  It wasn’t long after he passed I started taking lessons. I thought I should learn to do everything I hadn’t because somewhere else in the world someone was doing something they enjoyed and was good at doing.  Thank you Arthur.  

Duchess Williams says:

a gentleman and a stellar athlete (y)

Joel Jose says:

So sad. RIP Mr. Ashe

zaftra says:

This was only 4 days before he died.

Nicole Thomas says:

I love you Arthur ashe😍😘💋💋💋💋💋💄💋💋🙊🙊🙊🙊🙊

Alexis Gordon says:

Look Idiots!!! He conceived Aidsfrom a Blood Transfusion… Do your research before you pass your judgement!!!!

V. says:

What a wonderful man he was! ♥ He gives us all good advice – " to be more careful, not have unprotected sex, & try to practice abstinence." There are too many STDs and unplanned pregnancies which means our youth needs to hear this message!
Rest in Peace Mr. Ashe. Thanks for enlightening so many with your wisdom here. ♥

Tristan Bell says:

3rd cousin

Success Resources Australia says:

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." – Arthur Ashe

Robert Kennington says:

Arthur Ashe was such a great sportsman, athlete and articulate gentleman. This last public message from him clearly demonstrates his key insight about how to communicate with the youth of America in such a way as to get the message across and make it stick. His message is still worth listening to today.

Jabba Hut says:

Tragic to hear his story. Great man.

Carlos Sinclair says:

Arthur Ashe, great champion !!

TemporalPillow says:

my name is Arthur and im doing a project about him in school

quanze washington says:

he is my character in school r.i.p arthur ashe

Barry Richman says:

How come Arthur dies 5 yrs after prognosis…..and Magic Johnson keeps going and going and going ?

Alexis Gordon says:

what a wonderful man

Sherry B says:

R.I.P. Arthur Ashe. may you finally have peace from the pain of AIDS AND the idiots that didn’t take it upon themselves to be so uneducated about HIV and AIDS
~~~~~PEACE 🙁

Rae'Lynn Thomas says:

this has truly saddened my spirits.

Amar Pandit says:

Arthur Ashe, was a great soul.

He contracted AIDS from a blood transfusion during his Heart Surgery, Responding to journalists question during his dying days on "Why me" he responded ..
The world over — 50 million children start playing tennis,
… (hardly) … 50,000 come to the circuit, 5000 reach the grand slam,
50 reach Wimbledon, 4 to semi final, 2 to the finals,

when I was holding a cup

I never asked GOD ‘Why me?’.

And today in pain I should not be asking GOD ‘Why me?’

Bernhard Jonsson says:

A true gentleman and one of the most respected players ever!

powerinself says:


Nathan says:

You in a better place Arthur god bless you.

Christopher Howe says:


Harriet Garner says:

We are grateful for the great Arthur Ashe’s heartfelt advocacy and courage intended to raise awareness about Acquired Immune Disease. He is missed.

Monica Blue says:

RIP Arthur

Mitch Grooms says:

bless him

ajonesL1 says:

He was a great man. Read his autobiography, Days of Grace

atothez says:

Brilliant man. He probably knew he was about to pass. What stoicism in the face of death. God bless!!!