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Death Certificate Shows ‘Brady Bunch’ Dad Had AIDS Virus

May 19, 1992 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert Reed, the model father on TV’s ″The Brady Bunch″ who died a week ago, was infected with the AIDS virus and it contributed to his death, according to his death certificate.

The immediate cause of death was colon lymphoma with the HIV infection listed among ″significant conditions contributing to death,″ said Dr. H. Rex Greene, Reed’s doctor.

Greene signed the death certificate, which was obtained today by The Associated Press.

Reed, whose real name was John Robert Rietz, died May 12 at age 59 at a hospital in Pasadena.


His daughter, Karen Baldwin of Wheeling, Ill., said at the time that her father died of colon cancer. There was no mention of HIV infection.

Reed appeared in movies, on Broadway and in several TV shows, but was best known for his role as widower Mike Brady, the father of three boys, who married a widow, Carol, played by Florence Henderson, with three daughters.

″The Brady Bunch″ made its debut Sept. 26, 1969, and was an ABC Friday night fixture until Aug. 30, 1974. It lives on in reruns.

He was nominated for three Emmy Awards, including one for his 1975 work on ″Medical Center,″ in which he played a transsexual doctor. Reed played a decadent playboy in the TV miniseries ″Rich Man, Poor Man″ and a plantation owner in ″Roots.″

His other TV credits included ″Nightmare in Badham County,″ ″Revenge for a Rape,″ and ″Boy in the Plastic Bubble.″