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World's first patient cured of HIV dies after cancer returns

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Timothy Ray Brown, the first person known to have been cured of HIV when he had a unique type of bone marrow transplant, has died in California after relapsing with cancer, his partner said.

“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.

Brown, born in 1966, became known as the “Berlin Patient” after his HIV was eradicated by treatment there in 2007. (Reporting by Kate Kelland, editing by Gareth Jones)

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