It has been revealed today that renowned business magnate, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, film maker, philanthropist and even world record holder Howard Hughes actually came out in 1973 but no one noticed at the time. He was probably the most well-known 'recluse' of the 20th century.
The Humble Texan from Humble, Texas died of kidney failure in 1976 at the age of 70. His later years saw his OCD and chronic bouts of pain restrict him to his penthouse apartment at the Acapulco Fairmont Princess Hotel in New Mexico. He died on a plane at 1:27pm.
It is believed people failed to notice when he came out as he was almost unrecognizable through his illness and subsequent drug use. He had an addiction to codeine and phenacetin and these drugs left him with a bedraggled appearance. His hair, beard, fingernails and toenails were of a great length and he weighed only 90lbs.
Although it is very likely that Hughes wouldn't have wanted many people to know that he came out, it is a fascinating insight into the lives of many camera shy celerybees and their attempts at coming out in public. Something as simple as a trip to the local store for bread or milk can turn into a peperami frenzy with bulbs flashing and bushes rustling and yelling to 'look over here'.
He was buried next to his parents.