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" Doctor Says Amanda Blake Died of AIDS"
United Press International (11/05/89) by Chrystal, Chris
Abstract: Sacramento, Calif.--Amanda Blake's physician, Lou Nishimura, said Saturday that the actress, "Miss Kitty" on television's Gunsmoke, died of AIDS. Blake died Aug. 16 at the age of 60 from throat cancer complicated by a type of viral hepatitis brought on by AIDS. No mention of AIDS was made at the time of her death. Nishimura said Blake never disclosed how she became infected with HIV, but that she did not use IV drugs and had not contracted the virus through transfusion. Nishimura said he diagnosed Blake, but that the AIDS diagnosis did not surprise her. He believes she was tested for HIV while travelling in Africa, where she went because of her love of animals.