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According to Randy Shilts, author of the classic AIDS memoir Dugas took perverse pleasure in taunting his partners after their encounters. "Iā€™m going to die, and so are you.ā€ So powerful was his charisma, however, that Dugas is said to have talked one such partner into hooking up with him again. Gaetan Dugas died in 1984 of AIDS-related kidney failure. His name is known to few outside the small community of his contemporaries who survived the epidemic.