By EW Staff
December 03, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

There is no one story that even begins to sum up the AIDS epidemic, now in its 12th year. After years of skirting the issue, the entertainment industry did * attempt to grapple with the tragedy in 1993. On Broadway, Ron Leibman raged as Roy Cohn-deep in denial even on his deathbed-in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- winning Angels in America. On TV, Matthew Modine played a scientist who challenged the bureaucracy in HBO’s And the Band Played On. And in film, Tom Hanks will portray a terminally ill gay attorney battling AIDS in Philadelphia. But as vivid as such portraits are, they pale against the plain truth. In the first nine months of 1993, 17,384 Americans succumbed to the disease. On Dec. 1, the fifth annual Day Without Art will commemorate their lives, and cities from New York to San Francisco will dim their lights for 15 minutes. In our annual rite of remembrance, Entertainment Weekly offers these 126 people in entertainment who died in the past year. Some were celebrated, some were known only by their friends, families, and coworkers; but their deaths have diminished us all. -Gregg Kilday, with reporting by B.J. Sigesmund. Photo research by Debbe Edelstein and Polly Matthews Mark Hayden Oct. 23, 1993, age 37 Actor on As the World Turns. Also appeared in stage productions of Streamers and Three Penny Opera.

Bruce Seaboch Oct. 21, 1993, age 43 Formerly a salesman with Columbia Pictures. Most recently a buyer at Continental Film Services.

Thomas Fortuin Oct. 18, 1993, age 48 Director of legal activities on such Paramount series as Entertainment Tonight and The Arsenio Hall Show.

Kent Jones Oct. 15, 1993, age 34 Oboist with the New Amsterdam Symphony and the Colorado Philharmonic orchestras.

Steven Pezza Oct. 15, 1993, age 37 Account executive at Columbia Pictures and a member of a San Fernando Valley barbershop chorus.

Robert Krueger Oct. 14, 1993, age 36 Writer and TV production coordinator. Credits include The Academy Awards and The Grammy Awards.

Kenneth Nelson Oct. 7, 1993, age 63 Actor best known for his role as Michael in the stage and film versions of The Boys in the Band.

Robert Parola Oct. 7, 1993, age 35 Associate editor of New York’s Daily News Record. Also appeared in a road production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Charles G. Cyberski Sept. 28, 1993, age 34 Cofounder of the Male Entertainment Network, which produced footage used in Common Threads.

Charles Washabaugh Sept. 25, 1993, age 33 Assistant production manager at Walt Disney Studios. Credits include Aladdin.

Michael Harvey Sept. 23, 1993, age 49 Real estate investor and theatrical producer who brought Sweet Bird of Youth and Happy End to Broadway.

Bruce Ferden Sept. 19, 1993, age 44 Symphony conductor. Made his Metropolitan Opera debut in 1992 with Philip Glass’ The Voyage.