Gay icon and male sex symbol Tab Hunter has died aged 86 after a blood clot in his leg caused cardiac arrest. The news was announced on a Facebook page about the actor and later confirmed to Variety by Hunter's longtime partner Allan Glaser.

Hunter's biggest credits were undoubtedly 1958's Damn Yankees where he played Joe Hardy and 1955's Battle Cry where he played Cpl. Danny Forrester. Hunter also had a number of chart-topping records including "Young Love", see Hunter performing this live on the Perry Como Show in 1957 below.

Hunter's popularity waned some until he was cast in John Waters' (read The 405 interview with Waters here) 1981 comedy Polyester.

In 2005 Hunter came out as gay in his autobiography "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star" detailing the oppression he felt in the studio system after the news, and his relationship with Psycho star Anthony Perkins.

Still, Hunter reluctantly accepted the mantle of gay activism. He told Slant in a 2015 interview, "I just have never been comfortable talking about my sexuality. I think it was easier with [the documentary] because it was quite a few years later after the book. But it's still not my comfort zone. I was just brought up that way. I'm very old-fashioned."