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20 Famous People with Cirrhosis

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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.

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  • Jimi Hendrix
    Photo: Unknown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    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.
    • Age: Dec. at 28 (1942-1970)
    • Birthplace: Washington, Area code 206, Western United States, Northwestern United States, United States of America

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  • Jack Kerouac
    Photo: Tom Palumbo / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 2.0
    Jack Kerouac's death at age 47 was determined to be the result of an internal hemorrhage caused by cirrhosis.
    • Age: Dec. at 47 (1922-1969)
    • Birthplace: Middlesex County, United States of America, Lowell, United States, with Territories

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  • Billie Holiday
    Photo: William P. Gottlieb / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    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.
    • Age: Dec. at 44 (1915-1959)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • John Cassavetes
    Photo: NBC Television / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    John Cassavetes died as the result of cirrhosis of the liver in 1989. He was 59 years old.
    • Age: Dec. at 60 (1929-1989)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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