33 Famous People with Hepatitis C People

33 Famous People with Hepatitis C

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List Criteria: Notable celebrities with Hep C

List of famous people with Hepatitis C ranked by fame and popularity. Hepatitis C is an infectious disease that affects an individual's liver. The disease can lead to cirrhosis, which can develop into liver failure or liver cancer. Hepatitis C is spread by blood-to-blood contact, and there is currently no vaccine against the disease. Hepatitis C can be treated, and in rare cases, the infection can clear without undergoing any treatment.

Who is the most famous person with Hepatitis C? Pamela Anderson tops our list. The “Baywatch” beauty claims that she contracted the disease after sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband, Tommy Lee. Lee denies that he has Hepatitis C. “American Pie” actress Natasha Lyonne was on death's door when she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and a collapsed lung. Lyonne has struggled with drug use and addiction, but she is now back to work on “Orange is the New Black.”

Several famous musicians have also been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richard's had the disease, but claims that he cured himself. Grateful Dead co-founder Phil Lesh underwent a liver transplant to treat his Hepatitis C, as did David Crosby. Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Keidis contracted the Hep C because of his drug use.

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  1. Pamela Anderson claims that she contracted Hepatitis C after sharing a tattoo needle with her ex-husband Tommy Lee. Lee denies that he has the disease.
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Ladysmith, Canada
    • Profession: Activist, Television director, Nude Glamour Model, Television producer, Model, + more
    • Credits: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Home Improvement, Scary Movie 3, Scooby-Doo, Baywatch, + more
  2. In 2003, Steven Tyler was diagnosed with Hepatitis C. He underwent 11 months of treatment.
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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: The Polar Express, American Idol, Be Cool, Epic, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, + more
  3. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards had Hepatitis C, but he says that he cured it "just by being me."
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Gimme Shelter, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, + more
  4. Naomi Judd has Hepatitis C, and her foundation has raised millions of dollars for the American Liver Foundation.
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Ashland
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Activist, Nurse, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Someone Like You, More American Graffiti, Star Search, Can You Duet, A Holiday Romance, + more
  5. "Andy Griffith Show" star Jim Nabors received a liver transplant after contracting Hepatitis C.
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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Sylacauga, Alabama, USA
    • Profession: Businessperson, Comedian, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Andy Griffith Show, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Cannonball Run II, + more
  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers' frontman Anthony Kiedis contracted Hepatitis C from his drug use.
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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Grand Rapids
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Actor
    • Credits: Point Break, Twister, Less Than Zero, The Chase, Tough Guys, + more
  7. Natalie Cole was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2008. It is believed that her drug use is the cause of her disease.
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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Songwriter, Pianist, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Cats Don't Dance, De-Lovely, Always Outnumbered, Great Performances, The Easter Egg Adventure, + more
  8. "Howl" poet Allen Ginsberg died of liver cancer after living with Hepatitis C for many years.
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    • Age: Died at 71 (1926-1997)
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Poet, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Chappaqua, Ciao! Manhattan, Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider, Me and My Brother, Pull My Daisy, + more
  9. Natasha Lyonne was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and a collapsed lung in 2005.
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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: American Pie, Orange Is the New Black, Blade: Trinity, American Pie 2, Scary Movie 2, + more
  10. Daredevil Evel Knievel received a liver transplant because of his Hepatitis C.
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    • Age: Died at 69 (1938-2007)
    • Birthplace: Butte, Montana, USA
    • Profession: Stunt Performer
    • Credits: Viva Knievel!, Richard Hammond Meets Evel Knievel, Evel Knievel: Spectacular Jumps
  11. Gregg Allman's Hepatitis C diagnoses caused the Allman Brothers Band to cancel their 2008 appearance at the Bonnaroo music festival.
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Nashville, USA
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Rush, Rush Week, Earth vs. The Radiators: The First 25, The Allman Brothers Band: Live at Great Woods, The Best of the Jammys: Vol. 2
  12. Singer Etta James suffered from Hepatitis C for many years leading up to her death, which was due to leukemia.
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    • Credits: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, Tap, Beautiful Darling, B.B. King & Friends: Night of Blistering Blues, + more
  13. The doctor famous for assisted suicides, Jack Kevorkian, contracted Hepatitis C when he was working as a medic in the Vietnam War.
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1928-2011)
    • Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Musician, Author, Physician, Pathologist
  14. Linda Lovelace contracted Hepatitis C from receiving a blood transfusion after she got into a horrible car accident.
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    • Age: Died at 53 (1949-2002)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Actor
    • Credits: Deep Throat, Linda Lovelace for President, Deep Throat Part II, Piss Orgy
  15. Wrestler Billy Graham thinks that he contracted Hepatitis C through blood contact with his opponents in the ring.
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Arizona, USA, Paradise Valley
    • Profession: Wrestler
    • Credits: The Wrestler
  16. Basketball Diaries author Jim Carroll died in 2009 due to complications with Hepatitis C and pneumonia. 
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    • Age: Died at 60 (1949-2009)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Singer, Writer
    • Credits: The Basketball Diaries, Poetry in Motion, Obscene
  17. David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame, underwent a liver transplant to treat his Hepatitis C.
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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Simpsons, Hook, Backdraft, Woodstock, Thunderheart, + more
  18. Model Anita Pallenberg has Hepatitis C, as does the father of two of her children, Keith Richards.
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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Model, Actor
    • Credits: Barbarella, Performance, Candy, Chéri, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, + more
  19. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassin, James Earl Ray, died of liver disease due to complications with Hepatitis C.
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1928-1998)
    • Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States of America
  20. Baseball great Mickey Mantle received a liver transplant to treat his Hepatitis C and liver cancer, but he died the same year he received the treatment.
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1931-1995)
    • Birthplace: Spavinaw, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player
    • Credits: That Touch of Mink, Damn Yankees, Safe at Home!
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