Unfortunately, many celebrities have developed cirrhosis due to unhealthy habits. Several famous actors, musicians, and athletes had cirrhosis. Many of these celebrities developed cirrhosis as a result of years of heavy drinking. One famous singer stopped consuming alcohol at the time of her diagnosis, but the damage was already done.
Who is the most famous person with cirrhosis? Jimi Hendrix tops our list. Jimi Hendrix's drug and alcohol habits reportedly led to him developing cirrhosis of the liver. His mother was also diagnosed with cirrhosis and only lived to be in her mid-30s. Jack Kerouac's death at age 47 was determined to be the result of an internal hemorrhage caused by cirrhosis. Morgan Spurlock, producer of the hit documentary Super Size Me, actually developed cirrhosis from eating McDonald's three times a day, every day, for 30 days. Luckily, because he reversed his diet, he survived.
Several famous women also had cirrhosis. Billie Holiday was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver in 1959. She stopped drinking to slow the progression of the disease, but she died later that year. Margaret Lockwood died as the result of cirrhosis of the liver on July 15, 1990. She was 73 years old. Grace Metalious died from cirrhosis of the liver on February 25, 1964. She was 30 years old.Are you surprised that so many celebrities had cirrhosis? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
- Morgan Spurlock nearly developed non-alcoholic cirrhosis while filming his 2004 documentary "Super Size Me." He had gained 24 pounds by eating a diet of only McDonald's.
- Age: 50
- Birthplace: Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA
- Alternative Name: Morgan Spurlock
- James Earl Ray had cirrhosis of the liver, kidney disease and hepatitis C. He died on April 23, 1998, while serving time in prison for the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Age: Dec. at 70 (1928-1998)
- Birthplace: Alton, Illinois
- John Barrymore died of cirrhosis enhanced by pneumonia on May 29, 1942.
- Age: Dec. at 60 (1882-1942)
- Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
- Cirrhosis played into Charlie Parker's early death. Though he was only 34 when he died, the coroner reportedly thought that he was at least 50 years old.
- Age: Dec. at 34 (1920-1955)
- Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, United States of America