Jonathan Larson was misdiagnosed in TWO emergency rooms before dying alone in his kitchen of undiagnosed Marfan syndrome just days before RENT opened off-Broadway. (Diagnosis strongly suspected by the family after his death.)
Jonathan Larson '82 was a composer and playwright noted for exploring the serious social issues of multiculturalism, addiction, and homophobia in his work. Typical examples of his use of these themes are found in his works, Rent and tick, tick... BOOM!. He received three posthumous Tony Awards and a posthumous Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the rock musical Rent.
RENT is a rock musical with the lyrics and music written by Jonathan Larson. RENT is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Boheme. RENT tells the story of impoverished young artists and musicians that are struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side in the days of Bohemian Alphabet City under the shadows of HIV/AIDS.