Who is the most famous person with lupus? Lady Gaga tops our list. The “Applause” singer told Larry King in a candid interview that she tested “borderline positive” for lupus. Lady Gaga went on to say that she does not experience any symptoms of the disease. Nick Cannon almost died when complications with lupus caused him to experience a near kidney failure. Cannon is now on the road to recovery.
In J. Randy Taraborrelli's biography of Michael Jackson, he discusses Jackson's lupus diagnoses. The disease caused Jackson to be sensitive to light, which is why the pop star was seen frequently wearing hats and sunglasses. Taraborrelli says that Jackson's lupus was thought to be in remission.
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In 2015, pop star Selena Gomez told Billboard, “I was diagnosed with lupus, and I’ve been through chemotherapy. That’s what my break was really about. I could’ve had a stroke."
Birthplace: Grand Prairie, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Fashion designer, Actor, Music artist, Voice acting Singer, + more
Credits: Hotel Transylvania, Spring Breakers, Monte Carlo, Hotel Transylvania 2
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In a 2010 interview with Larry King, Lady Gaga confided that she was "borderline positive" for lupus.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more
Credits: Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Machete Kills, Lady Gaga: Paparazzi
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Nick Cannon recently experienced near kidney failure due to complications with lupus. Speaking with Larry King, Cannon stated, "I am working past it; I'm working through it. I'm a strong believer in faith. It was scary at the time, but I'm 100 percent now."
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Record producer, Television producer, Musician Film Producer, + more
Credits: Men in Black II, Monster House, Drumline, America's Got Talent Love Don't Cost a Thing, + more
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Michael Jackson was diagnosed with lupus in 1986. Due to the condition, Jackson stated that he was sensitive to UV light, which is why he frequently wore hats, masks and sunglasses.
Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America
Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Musician Film Producer, + more
Credits: This Is It, Michael Jackson: Thriller, The Wiz, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory
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Singer Toni Braxton shared her ongoing struggle with lupus on her reality show "Braxton Family Values."
Birthplace: Severn, Maryland, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter Actor, + more
Credits: Braxton Family Values, The 39th Annual Grammy Awards, How High, Tossed Salad 2011
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The scars on singer Seal's face were caused by a type of lupus that effects the skin and scalp.
Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
Credits: The Pursuit of Happyness^! Batman Forever^! Space Jam^! Entrapment
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Author Flannery O'Connor died from lupus related symptoms in 1964.
Age: Died at 39 (1925-1964)
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America
Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer
Credits: Wise Blood^! Katafalk^! A Circle in the Fire^! The Displaced Person
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CBS newsman Charles Kuralt died from Lupus related complications in 1997 at age 62.
Age: Died at 63 (1934-1997)
Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States of America
Credits: CBS News Sunday Morning, On The Road With Charles Kuralt, Juilliard and Beyond: A Life in Musicsee more on Charles Kuralt