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52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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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. 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 is the most famous person with epilepsy? 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 famous 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.

    Born: 1958
    Birthplace: Area code 218, Minneapolis, Area code 612, United States of America, United States, with Territories + 2 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter + 10 more
    Height: 5'2"
    Canoodled: Robin Power, Madonna
    Dated: Apollonia Kotero, Kirstie Alley, Troy Beyer, Sheena Easton, Sherilyn Fenn + 11 more
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  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.

    Born: 1982
    Birthplace: Hollygrove, Area code 504, New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area, United States, with Territories, Louisiana + 1 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur + 3 more
    Institution: Mcmain Magnet Secondary School, University of Houston, Lafayette Elementary School, University of Phoenix, Eleanor McMain Secondary School
    Height: 5'6"
    Friends: Bryan 'Baby' Williams, Cortez Bryant, Juelz Santana, T.I., Sean Combs + 3 more
    Canoodled: Raven-Symoné, Karrine Steffans
    Dated: Farrah Franklin, Lauren London, Sarah Bellew, Teairra Marí, Adrienne Bailon + 3 more
    Wears: Gucci, Silver Denim Killers, Nike, Marc Jacobs
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  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.

    Born: 1947
    Birthplace: Pinner, Europe, United Kingdom, London, England + 1 more
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Film Producer + 4 more
    Institution: Royal Academy of Music, Pinner County Grammar School
    Height: 5'7"
    Friends: Cindy Crawford, Ozzy Osbourne, Roberto Cavalli, Jennifer Lopez, Donatella Versace + 4 more
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  4. Danny Glover has epilepsy and regularly suffered from seizures for a 20 year period of his life.

    Born: 1946
    Birthplace: San Francisco Peninsula, Northern California, California, Contiguous United States, San Francisco Bay Area + 5 more
    Nationality: United States of America
    Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting + 2 more
    Institution: George Washington High School, San Francisco State University, City College of San Francisco
    Height: 6'3"
    Canoodled: Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg
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  5. Alexander the Great had epilepsy although at the time is was diagnosed as the "sacred disease."

    Born: 45580
    Birthplace: Southeast Europe, Pella, Greece
    Nationality: Macedonia
    Place Of Death: Eurasia, Iraq, Babylon
    Date Of Death: 45613
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