Sharon Stone mourns ‘adopted grandmother’ activist Eileen Mitzman
Eileen Mitzman (left) and Sharon Stone at a 2009 AIDS benefit.(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Academy Award-nominated actress Sharon Stone is mourning the loss of a longtime friend she lovingly referred to as her “adopted grandmother.”
AIDS activist Eileen Mitzman, who reportedly introduced then-president Bill Clinton at the White House’s first HIV/AIDS conference in 1995, died Saturday from COVID-19 complications at the age of 85, confirmed New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis.
In a moving video tribute posted on Instagram, Stone spoke of Mitzman’s impact not just on her but the entire activist community.
“Tonight, she is going to die in a New York hospital,” intoned a sobbing Stone. “She has coronavirus but she will die because she’s septic and she has other illnesses and none of us can go there and be with her.”
According to Stone, Mitzman and her husband, Neil, served as heads of the Concerned Parents for AIDS Research after the disease claimed their daughter Marni in 1991.
“They had a beautiful, long life together until he passed away a couple of years ago,” claimed the 62-year-old actress in her Instagram address. “I asked them if they could be my adopted grandparents since mine had passed away. They became my adopted grandparents and my fellow HIV/AIDS workers and we worked very hard together to do a lot of good in this world.”
Nearly 820,000 Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to global tracker Worldometer. On Tuesday, the national death count surpassed 45,000.