Gia-Carangi- In the early 1980s, Carangi was diagnosed with AIDS, which was a newly recognized disease. It is believed that she received the virus by sharing an infected needle. On November 18, 1986, aged 26, Gia Carangi died of AIDS-related complications. Her death was not widely publicized and few people in the fashion industry attended her funeral. Gia Carangi is thought to be one of the first famous women to die of AIDS.