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LONDON (Reuters) - Timothy Ray Brown, the first person known to be cured of HIV when he had a unique type of bone marrow transplant, has died in California after relapsing with cancer, his partner said. FILE PHOTO: Timothy Ray Brown, also known as "The Berlin Patient," smiles during a news conference held by the World AIDS Institute in Washington July 24, 2012. Brown is thought to be the first patient ever to be cured of HIV infection. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque. “It is with great sadness that I announce that Timothy passed away ... this afternoon surrounded by myself and friends, after a 5 month battle with leukaemia,” his partner, Tim Hoeffgen, said in a post on Facebook. He said Brown was his “hero” and “the sweetest person in the world”. Full story

30 September