52 Famous People with Epilepsy People
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52 Famous People with Epilepsy

List Criteria: Notable epileptic celebrities

List of famous people with epilepsy, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Epilepsy is a common set of neurological disorders that are characterized by seizures. About 50 million people in the world have epilepsy, including a number of musicians, athletes, and Hollywood stars. There currently is no cure for epilepsy and medication can be used to treat the symptoms, but in severe cases even treatment can not stop the seizures.

Who are the most famous epileptics? Elton John tops our list. The “Your Song” musician began to suffer from severe epileptic fits in the 1980s, thought to be induced by his years of drug use. The seizures have reduced drastically in the '90s and beyond because John stopped abusing drugs and alcohol. Other celebrity musicians who have epilepsy include Lil Wayne, Prince, and Neil Young.

Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover first started having seizures at age 15, but he wasn't diagnosed with epilepsy until much later. Glover even experienced six seizures in one night. Later in life, Glover's seizure stopped for seemingly no reason. Other famous people with epilepsy include Truman Capote, Tiki Barber, and Vincent Van Gogh.

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  1. Pop icon Prince struggled with epilepsy in his childhood.

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    Age: 57
    Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer + 10 more
    Children: Boy Gregory Nelson
    Medical Conditions: Epilepsy
  2. Lil Wayne recently revealed that he has epilepsy.  He says that he doesn't know what it feels like to have a seizure because he blacks out every time it happens.

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    Age: 33
    Birthplace: Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur + 3 more
    Schools: Mcmain Magnet Secondary School, University of Houston, Lafayette Elementary School, University of Phoenix, Eleanor McMain Secondary School
    Major/Field Of Study: Psychology
    Children: Reginae Carter, Cameron Carter, Dwayne Carter III, Neal Carter
    Medical Conditions: Epilepsy
  3. Elton John has struggled with epilepsy for years.  It is thought that the epilepsy was induced by the star's years of drug use.

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    Age: 68
    Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
    Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 4 more
    Schools: Royal Academy of Music, Pinner County Grammar School
    Children: Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John
    Medical Conditions: Appendicitis, Bulimia nervosa
  4. Danny Glover has epilepsy and regularly suffered from seizures for a 20 year period of his life.

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    Age: 69
    Birthplace: California, United States of America
    Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting + 2 more
    Schools: George Washington High School, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco
    Major/Field Of Study: Art
    Children: Mandisa Glover
    Medical Conditions: Epilepsy
  5. Alexander the Great had epilepsy although at the time is was diagnosed as the "sacred disease."

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    Age: Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC)
    Birthplace: Pella, Greece
    Place Of Death: Babylon, Iraq
    Children: Alexander IV of Macedon
  6. Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz has epilepsy and even experienced a grand mal seizure.

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    Age: 49
    Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Rapper + 2 more
    Medical Conditions: Epilepsy
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