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. Selena Gomez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 27 Famous People with Lupus
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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."
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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: Hotel Transylvania, Spring Breakers, Monte Carlo, Hotel Transylvania 2
  2. Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 27 Famous People with Lupus
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    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: Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Machete Kills, Lady Gaga: Paparazzi
  3. Nick Cannon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 27 Famous People with Lupus
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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."

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    • Age: age 35
    • 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
  4. Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 27 Famous People with Lupus
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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.

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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: This Is It, Michael Jackson: Thriller, The Wiz, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory
  5. Toni Braxton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 27 Famous People with Lupus
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    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: Braxton Family Values, The 39th Annual Grammy Awards, How High, Tossed Salad 2011
  6. Seal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 27 Famous People with Lupus
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    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: 52
    • Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer
    • Credits: The Pursuit of Happyness^! Batman Forever^! Space Jam^! Entrapment
  7. Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 27 Famous People with Lupus
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    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, Katafalk, A Circle in the Fire, The Displaced Person
  8. Charles Kuralt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 27 Famous People with Lupus
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    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, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist
    • Credits: CBS News Sunday Morning, On The Road With Charles Kuralt, Juilliard and Beyond: A Life in Music
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