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|Vance Matthew Buck|
February 5, 1961|
|Died||July 6, 1992
Vance Matthew Buck (February 5, 1961 – July 6, 1992) was an American entrepreneur, best known for his long-term relationship with Elton John.
Vance Buck was born on February 5, 1961 in Richmond, Virginia. In 1975, he moved to Manhattan, where he became immersed in the burgeoning punk rock scene. A talented entrepreneur, he soon became a luminary in New York City's underground nightlife. Buck was introduced to Elton John in 1978 by Andy Warhol, after which they became lovers and lifelong friends.
By the mid 1980s Buck became disenchanted with life on the road. In 1985, he moved to Milan, Italy, where he embarked upon a career in fashion. Shortly after moving to Milan, he lived and worked with Egon Von Furstenburg. After moving back to the United States in 1986 and testing positive for HIV, he quietly lobbied for AIDS awareness and prevention. It was Buck who brought Ryan White to the attention of Elton John.