On Saturday, Maggiore died at her Van Nuys home, leaving a husband, a son and many unanswered questions. She was 52.
According to officials at the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, she had been treated for pneumonia in the last six months. Because she had recently been under a doctor’s care, no autopsy will be performed unless requested by the family, they said. Her husband, Robin Scovill, could not be reached for comment.
Absent an autopsy, we will never know for sure, but it very much sounds like full-blown AIDS had finally caught up to her in the last months of her life. An immunocompetent person would not battle pneumonia for six months, even if they were to avoid antibiotics (they would either recover or succumb much faster).
Unfortunately, her legacy of denialism continues:
Her supporters expressed shock Monday over her death but were highly skeptical that it was caused by AIDS. And they said it would not stop them from questioning mainstream thinking.
“Why did she remain basically healthy from 1992 until just before her death?” asked David Crowe, who served with Maggiore for a number of years on the board of the nonprofit Rethinking AIDS. “I think it’s certain that people who promote the establishment view of AIDS will declare that she died of AIDS and will attempt to use this to bring people back in line. But you can only learn so much from an unfortunate death.”
Brian Carter, who facilitated local peer groups with Maggiore, said the movement would remain strong.
“Christine was only part of this. There is an outstanding number of prominent rethinkers, independent thinkers, doctors, scientists, lawyers who question AIDS causation.”
Let’s hope that despite the bravado, the death of their charismatic leader will give pause to at least some of her followers and help them realize her fate was avoidable.
How very sad for her husband and son…