He died of HIV virus from a blood transfusion during heart surgery. One day before he passed a way, his friend walked to him at the hospital and said to him: " Out of all the people in the world, why God put you in this situation?" and so he replied wisely: " My dear friend, i think we both know that when I become the first black man to win at the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, including becoming the first African-American on the U.S. Davis Cup team in 1963..i didn't recall asking God Why he choose me..so why now i asked God for this situation"
The man behind the story is known as Arthur Ashe. The first African American member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, he helped win five championships (1963, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1978). In 1975 he won the Wimbledon singles title and received World Championship Tennis top ranking. Off the court he was a critic of racial injustice, including South Africa's apartheid policy. In 1992 he revealed that he had been infected with HIV by a transfusion following surgery, and he thereafter devoted time to increasing public awareness of AIDS. The U.S. Open is now played at Arthur Ashe Stadium, which opened at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., in 1997.
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This story struck me!! We tend to complaint about every little thing in life but we forgot how many times we've been given. We forgot to thank God for everyday blessing. And so i vow that i will share this with more people in my life.. and make my self a lot grateful to the Lord Jesus. Yet again.. i know how hard it is..:)