Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Aids Claims Goldsworthy at Age 51

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Aids Claims Goldsworthy at Age 51

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Bill Goldsworthy, an original member of the Minnesota North Stars and a five-time National Hockey League All-Star, died Friday morning (March 29, 1996) at age 51 of complications from AIDS.

A right wing, Mr. Goldsworthy played 14 seasons in the NHL with the North Stars, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. He was diagnosed with AIDS in November 1994, and told the Saint Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press in February 1995 that his health problems stemmed from drinking and promiscuity.

"There's a stigma that comes with AIDS that makes you think it's something that only happens in the homosexual community and to drug abusers who use dirty needles," Mr. Goldsworthy had said. "It's more than that."

Funeral services will be held next week, although details weren't immediately known, said Mr. Goldsworthy's son, William Sean Goldsworthy.

Mr. Goldsworthy, a native of Kitchener, Ontario, is also survived by a daughter, Tammy Lynn, 27.

Lou Nanne, a former coach and general manager of the North Stars, played with Mr. Goldsworthy for 10 seasons. He visited his good friend in the hospital Wednesday night, and said Mr. Goldsworthy had handled the disease well.

"He actually was very philosophical about it," Nanne said. "He wasn't in any way bitter or remorseful. He was very courageous."

Mr. Goldsworthy was coaching the San Antonio Iguanas of the Central Hockey League when he was hospitalized Nov. 11, 1994. He had been feeling ill for two months, and was fighting pneumonia when blood clots moved from his legs to his lungs.

"There was a period of three to five years after my divorce (1980) when I was really into the bottle and I wasn't careful about my sexual relationships," Mr. Goldsworthy had said. "And there were a few times when I was a scout for San Jose, after I started to drink again, that I wasn't as careful about sex as I should have been."

Mr. …

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