27 Famous People with Lupus People

27 Famous People with Lupus

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This list of famous people with lupus is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which an individual's immune system begins to attack normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms of lupus include joint pain and swelling, fatigue, and general discomfort. Lupus is treated through medication and there are 5 million people around the world who have some type of lupus, including many stars and more than one celebrity.

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.

What do you think of the celebrities who have lupus? Were you surprised to learn about any of these celebrities with lupus? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


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  1. 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."
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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Grand Prairie, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Actor, Music artist, Voice acting, Singer, + more
    • Credits: The Muppets, Hotel Transylvania, Wizards of Waverly Place, Spring Breakers, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, + more
  2. In a 2010 interview with Larry King, Lady Gaga confided that she was "borderline positive" for lupus.

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    • Age: age 29
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Men in Black 3, The Muppets, American Idol, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Muppets Most Wanted, + more
  3. 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."

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: USA, California, San Diego
    • 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
  4. 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.

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    • 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: Men in Black II, Free Willy, Boomerang, Moonwalker, The Wiz, + more
  5. Singer Toni Braxton shared her ongoing struggle with lupus on her reality show "Braxton Family Values."

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Severn, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, Kingdom Come, Braxton Family Values, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, Play'd: A Hip-Hop Story, + more
  6. The scars on singer Seal's face were caused by a type of lupus that effects the skin and scalp.

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
    • Credits: The Voice (AU), Love's Divine
  7. Author Flannery O'Connor died from lupus related symptoms in 1964.

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1925-1964)
    • Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer
    • Credits: Wise Blood, The Displaced Person
  8. CBS newsman Charles Kuralt died from Lupus related complications in 1997 at age 62.

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1934-1997)
    • Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
    • Profession: Journalist
    • Credits: CBS News Sunday Morning, On The Road With Charles Kuralt, Juilliard and Beyond: A Life in Music
  9. Philippines President Ferdinand E. Marcos died from complications with lupus in 1989.

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1917-1989)
    • Birthplace: Sarrat, Philippines
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier, Lawyer
  10. British model Sophie Howard was diagnosed with lupus when she was a teen.

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Southport, England
    • Profession: Stripper, Nude Glamour Model, Model
    • Credits: Girls of FHM
  11. In 2009, rapper Trick Daddy revealed that he was suffering with lupus.  He says that he stopped taking medication for the disease because it just led to side effects that needed more medication.

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: USA, Florida, Miami
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actor
    • Credits: Just Another Day, John Mayer Has a TV Show
  12. In 2006, influential rapper J Dilla died from a rare blood disease and lupus.

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1974-2006)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Rapper, Musician, Disc jockey, + more
    • Credits: Geekdown, Stones Throw 102: In Living the True Gods
  13. Baseball player Tim Raines was diagnosed with lupus in 1999.

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Sanford, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player, Coach
  14. Chess player Donald Byrne died of lupus related causes in 1976.

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1930-1976)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  15. Actor  Ray Walston, best known for playing Mr. Hand in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," died from lupus related causes in 2001.

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1914-2001)
    • Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Sting, The Apartment, Silver Streak, The Stand, + more
  16. Actor Michael Wayne died from lupus related causes in 2003.

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1934-2003)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: The Green Berets, Big Jake, McLintock!, Cahill U.S. Marshal, The Train Robbers, + more
  17. "America's Next Top Model" finalist Mercedes Scelba-Shorte has lupus and she has become a spokeswoman for the disease.

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Unemployed
  18. "X-Men" producer Lauren Shuler Donner has been diagnosed with lupus.

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, + more
  19. British actress Elaine Paige has been living with lupus.

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Barnet, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Oliver!, Adventures of a Plumber's Mate, Cats, The 100 Greatest Musicals, Marple: A Murder Is Announced, + more
  20. In 2013, BBC broadcaster Ali Abbasi died from complications with lupus.

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1961-2004)
    • Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
    • Profession: Presenter
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