Keith Haring died at age 31 from AIDS. His legacy includes not only his art but the Keith Haring Foundation; “to assist AIDS-related and children’s charities”. Below: a brief letter of advice he wrote to an aspiring artist and fan of Haring’s work, circa-1987. (Letters of Note)
Thanks for your letter. I draw everyday. When I was 15, I wanted to be an artist so I drew all the time. It was my only visible talent.
Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don’t do it for anyone else.