26 Famous People with Lupus People
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26 Famous People with Lupus

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 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 + 3 more
    Schools: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Tisch School of the Arts
    Major/Field Of Study: Music
    Medical Conditions: Anorexia, Bulimia
  2. 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 + 11 more
    Schools: Monte Vista High School
    Children: Moroccan Scott Cannon, Monroe Cannon
  3. 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 + 10 more
    Schools: Montclair College Preparatory School
    Cause Of Death: Cardiac arrest, Homicide
    Place Of Death: Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Children: Prince Michael Jackson II, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.
    Medical Conditions: Mysophobia
  4. 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 + 3 more
    Schools: Glen Burnie High School, Bowie State University
    Children: Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis, Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis
  5. 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
    Children: Henry Günther Ademola Dashtu Samuel, Johan Riley Fyodor Taiwo Samuel, Lou Sulola Samuel, Helene Boshoven Samuel
    Medical Conditions: Systemic lupus erythematosus, Discoid lupus erythematosus
  6. 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
    Schools: Georgia College & State University, University of Iowa
    Cause Of Death: Systemic lupus erythematosus
    Place Of Death: Milledgeville, Georgia, United States of America
    Medical Conditions: Systemic lupus erythematosus

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