52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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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, + more
    • Credits: Batman, Happy Feet, Showgirls, Purple Rain
  2. 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: age 33
    • 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
  3. 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: age 68
    • Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia
  4. 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: age 69
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco
    • Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Lethal Weapon, Saw, Shooter, The Color Purple
  5. 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
  6. 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: age 49
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • 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
  7. 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: age 55
    • Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Captain America: The First Avenger, Cloud Atlas
  8. 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: age 70
    • 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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