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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, 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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Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy
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Pop icon Prince struggled with epilepsy in his childhood.

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Age: Died at 57 (1958-2016)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: Batman, Happy Feet, Showgirls, Purple Rain

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy
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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: 34

Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Hollygrove, Louisiana

Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper Entrepreneur, + more

Credits: Fast & Furious 6, The Interview, The Wrestler, Magic Mike XXL

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy
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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: 70

Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia

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Danny Glover is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy
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Danny Glover has epilepsy and regularly suffered from seizures for a 20 year period of his life.

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Age: 70

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: Lethal Weapon, Saw, Shooter, The Color Purple

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#16 on The Best African American Actors in Film

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy
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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

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Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy
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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, USA

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Rapper, + more

Credits: Krush Groove, A Kiss Before Dying, Fight for Your Right Revisited, Roadside Prophets Lost Angels, + more

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Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy
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The "Matrix" star Hugo Weaving was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 13.  He doesn't drive a car because of his high risk of seizure.

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Profession: Actor, Voice acting

Credits: The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Captain America: The First Avenger, Cloud Atlas

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#47 on The Greatest British Actors of All Time

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Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy
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Musician Neil Young was diagnosed with epilepsy in his childhood.

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas

Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter Musician, + more

Credits: Philadelphia, Almost Famous, American Beauty, Jerry Maguire

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#36 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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