Ex-US surgeon general who spoke out on AIDS dies

C. Everett Koop, a former top-ranking U.S. health official who spoke franking about AIDS during the 1980s, has died. He was 96.
An assistant at Koop's Dartmouth institute, Susan Wills, says he died Monday in New Hampshire. She hasn't disclosed his cause of death.
Koop served as surgeon general during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He endorsed condoms and sex education to stop the spread of AIDS, a disease that was identified the same year he was nominated _ 1981. The efforts met substantial opposition from conservatives and countered widespread disinformation on the new disease.