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Famous People Who Died of Epilepsy

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List of famous people who died of epilepsy, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from epilepsy includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of epilepsy, including actors, musicians and athletes.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Florence Griffith Joyner.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from epilepsy?" and "Which famous people died due to epilepsy?"

These notable epilepsy deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has epilepsy as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. {#nodes}
  • Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (; Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, tr. Fyódor Mikháylovich Dostoyévskiy, IPA: [ˈfʲɵdər mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ dəstɐˈjɛfskʲɪj] (listen); 11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. His most acclaimed works include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Dostoevsky's oeuvre consists of 11 novels,... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1821-1881)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

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  • Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner (born Florence Delorez Griffith; December 21, 1959 – September 21, 1998), also known as Flo-Jo, was an American track and field athlete. She is considered the fastest woman of all time based on the fact that the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m still stand. During the late 1980s she became a popular figure in international track and field because of her record-setting performances and flashy personal style. Griffith-Joyner was born and raised in California. She was athletic from a young age. She attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she participated in track... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1959-1998)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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    David Lane

    David Lane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Epilepsy
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    David Eden Lane (November 2, 1938 – May 28, 2007) was an anti-American white separatist and convicted felon. A member of the domestic terror group The Order, he was convicted and sentenced to 190 years in prison for racketeering; conspiracy; and for violating the civil rights of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, who was murdered by another member of the group on June 18, 1984. He died while incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.Lane coined the best-known slogan of the white supremacist movement in North America, the Fourteen Words. He has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "one of the most important ideologues of contemporary... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1938-2007)
    • Birthplace: Woden, Iowa
  • Pope Pius IX is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Epilepsy
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    Pope Pius IX (Italian: Pio IX; 13 May 1792 – 7 February 1878), born Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti (Italian: [dʒoˈvanːi maˈriːa maˈstai feˈrːetːi]), was head of the Catholic Church from 16 June 1846 to his death on 7 February 1878. He was the longest-reigning elected pope in the history of the Catholic Church, serving for over 31 years. During his pontificate, Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council (1869–70), which decreed papal infallibility, but the council was cut short owing to the loss of the Papal States. Europe, including the Italian peninsula, was in the midst of considerable political ferment when the bishop of Imola, Giovanni Maria Cardinal Mastai Ferretti, was elected pope.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1792-1878)
    • Birthplace: Senigallia, Italy