Why did Jenny die in Forrest Gump?

Jenny Curran, played by Robin Wright, died towards the end of Forrest Gump, due to a mysterious virus that was assumed to be HIV/AIDs.

Jenny Curran’s death in the multi-award-winning movie, Forrest Gump, was a topic of controversy in the early 1990s, as viewers were left to interpret the cause of death on their own. Jenny was Forrest’s primary love interest in the story, and had created an unbreakable bond with him from the time they were children. After spending time apart due to Forrest’s deployment, their relationship became strained until 1976, where he spent one night with her.

Years later, he discovered that she had given birth to their son, Forrest Junior, and was also dying of a mysterious illness. In the movie, Jenny’s deteriorating health was described as a virus that doctors were unsure about, leaving audience members to assume that it was HIV/AIDs. The assumption was due to the early 1980s setting and the character’s lifestyle from years prior.

In a 2019 interview with Yahoo Entertainment, screenwriter, Eric Roth, confirmed that Jenny did in fact die from HIV/AIDs complications. This was set to be elaborated on in the sequel, which ended up being cancelled.