The Andy Warhol Diaries,’ the new docuseries directed by Andrew Rossi, is now out on Netflix worldwide. It is inspired by Pat Hackett’s titular book and delves into the lives and events of the famous performer’s life, shedding light on lower-known facets of his personal ties. Another one of his most publicized relationships was with Jon Gould, however, the two rarely talked about their relationship publicly.
Who was Jon Gould?
Jon Gould was from Amesbury, Massachusetts, and received his bachelor’s degree in June 1977 from New England University. He was employed by Paramount in 1978 after a short stint with the Rolling Stones’ marketing dept. Jon, then 27 years old, encountered Andy Warhol thanks to an acquaintance of theirs, the acclaimed photojournalist Christopher Makos, in November 1980. In December 1980, Andy Warhol and his 12-year companion, Jed Johnson, decided to call it quits on their marriage.
He delivered twelve red flowers to Jon’s workplace the next day and continued to do so until the latter requested him to stop since he was “embarrassed.” The majority of Jon’s knowledge comes from Andy Warhol’s recently published book, ‘The Andy Warhol Diaries,’ and also from his close collaborators and friends. Jon Gould moved in with Andy Warhol at his New York City apartment after a few years of dating.
How did Jon Gould die?
Jon Gould was hospitalized in February 1984 owing to pneumonia. Andy Warhol paid daily visits to Jon in the infirmary until his release on March 7, 1984. Jon’s condition began to worsen when he returned home, and he finally relocated to Los Angeles towards the final year of his life.
Jon Gould passed away on September 18, 1986, at the age of 39, following a long sickness. He and Andy Warhol had broken up in 1985. The reason behind Jon Gould’s demise ended up being AIDS, which he didn’t tell anyone else about until the very end of his life.