15 Famous People with Cystic Fibrosis People
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15 Famous People with Cystic Fibrosis

List of Famous People with Cystic Fibrosis ranked by fame and popularity. Cystic fibrosis is a autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestines. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a gene mutation and there are no cures for the disorder. Gene therapy and transplantation can help treat some of the effects of cystic fibrosis. Most people who have cystic fibrosis die by their late 30s.

Who is the most famous person with cystic fibrosis? Frederic Chopin tops our list. The composer and piano virtuoso died in his 30s and historians believe that his symptoms resemble those associated with cystic fibrosis. Fellow musicians Alice Martineau, Gregory Lemarchal and Alex Stobbs all suffer from cystic fibrosis as well.

 Triathlete Lisa Bentley was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1988. She hasn't let that stop her from winning 11 Ironman competitions. Wrestler Andrew Simmons and NCAA basketball player Nolan Gottlieb also suffer from cystic fibrosis while pursuing competitive athletics. Frankie Abernathy brought cystic fibrosis into the homes of millions of people when she appeared on MTV's reality show “The Real World.”

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  1. Frederic Chopin was a pianist and virtuoso pianist.  He died at the young age of 39.  Physicians and historians believe the cystic fibrosis was one of the diseases that accelerated Chopin's poor health.
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    Age: Died at 39 (1810-1849)
    Birthplace: Żelazowa Wola, Poland
    Profession: Pianist, Composer
    Institution: Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Warsaw Lyceum
    Height: 5'6"
    Cause Of Death: Tuberculosis
    Place Of Death: Paris, France
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  2. Dean Barnett was a blogger and radio host who frequently discussed his struggles with cystic fibrosis.
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    Age: Died at 41 (1967-2008)
    Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    Institution: Harvard University, Boston University School of Law
    Major/Field Of Study: Government
    Cause Of Death: Cystic fibrosis
    Medical Conditions: Cystic fibrosis
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  3. Bill Williams is an acclaimed video game designer who designed popular games like "Monopoly" for Nintendo and "Bart's Nightmare" for Super NES.
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    Age: Died at 38 (1960-1998)
    Profession: Programmer, Author, Game programmer
    Medical Conditions: Cystic fibrosis
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  4. Lisa Bentley

    Despite being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, Lisa Bentley has won 11 Ironman competitions.
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    Age: 47
    Profession: Triathlete
    Medical Conditions: Cystic fibrosis
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  5. Kenneth Keith Kallenbach was a frequent guest of the Howard Stern radio show.  He was arrested and died in prison.  A few days before his death, Kallenbach called his mother to say that he was worried because the prison wasn't treating his cystic fibrosis properly.
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    Age: Died at 39 (1969-2008)
    Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America
    Profession: Author, Actor, Composer, Presenter
    Place Of Death: Media, Pennsylvania, United States of America
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  6. Alice Marineau is a British singer and song writer who was born with cystic fibrosis.
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    Age: Died at 31 (1972-2003)
    Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    Profession: Singer
    Institution: King's College London
    Place Of Death: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
    Medical Conditions: Cystic fibrosis
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