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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Pop icon Prince struggled with epilepsy in his childhood.
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
#15 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists
#45 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#30 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Prince
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.
Birthplace: Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
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 has struggled with epilepsy for years. It is thought that the epilepsy was induced by the star's years of drug use.
Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more
Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia
#133 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists
#11 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#15 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Elton John
Danny Glover has epilepsy and regularly suffered from seizures for a 20 year period of his life.
Birthplace: California, United States of America
Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Voice acting, + more
Credits: Lethal Weapon, Saw, Shooter, The Color Purple
#171 on The Best Actors in Film History
#324 on The Funniest People of All Timesee more on Danny Glover
Alexander the Great had epilepsy although at the time is was diagnosed as the "sacred disease."
Age: Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC)
Birthplace: Pella, Greece
#230 on People We Wish Were Still Alivesee more on Alexander the Great
Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz has epilepsy and even experienced a grand mal seizure.
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
#441 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time
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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.
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
Profession: Actor, Voice acting
Credits: The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Captain America: The First Avenger, Cloud Atlas
#223 on The Best Actors in Film Historysee more on Hugo Weaving
Musician Neil Young was diagnosed with epilepsy in his childhood.
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter Musician, + more
Credits: Philadelphia, Almost Famous, American Beauty, Jerry Maguire
#50 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists
#81 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#123 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Neil Young