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FRIEND’S DEATH FROM AIDS PUTS ACTRESS IN MOTION

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An AIDS walk in Denver was an act of penance for Rosie Perez.

The actress, who starred in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" and played Woody Harrelson's girlfriend in "White Men Can't Jump," said a friend was dying of AIDS "but I was scared to visit him.""I kept saying, `Yeah, yeah, I'll be there,' but when I showed up he'd died the day before."

Out of the experience grew a conviction to fight the disease.

Perez on Sunday participated in AIDS Walk Colorado, a 10-kilometer fund-raiser for AIDS service agencies.