Rock Hudson died from AIDS on 2 October 1985. The public had largely been unaware of the actor's active participation in the GLBT community.
Rock Hudson was (at least temporarily) a Scientologist. The extent of his participation in the Church of Scientology is not well documented. Clearly, however, Hudson's GLBT status was far more important than Scientology, and have been is primary religious identity.
From: Tilman Hausherr, scientology celebrities FAQ" of alt.religion.scientology, last updated 1 July 2005 (http://home.snafu.de/tilman/faq-you/celeb.txt; viewed 18 November 2005):
Allegations from Factnet & L. Wollersheim, Celebrity ex-members...
- Rock Hudson was in for a while, brought in by Flo Allen, the big Hollywood agent and left Scientology before he died.