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32 Famous People with MS

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List RulesCelebrities with multiple sclerosis

List of Famous People with MS, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Multiple sclerosis or MS is an inflammatory disease that damages the nerve cells located in the brain and spinal cord. MS causes a variety of physical and mental impairments that can flair up during attacks. The cause of MS is unknown and there is no known cure for the disease.

Who is the most famous person with MS? Richard Pryor tops our list. The comedian was diagnosed with MS in 1986 and the condition forced him into a motorized scooter in the 90s. Pryor can be seen using this vehicle in the David Lynch film “Lost Highway” which would be Pryor's last film appearance. Prior also suffered from heart disease and died of a heart attack in 2005. Other film stars who suffer from MS include Teri Garr, Annette Funicello and David Lander.

Talk show host Montel Williams has been an outspoken advocate for MS since he was diagnosed in 1999. Williams even founded the non-profit MS Foundation and he advocates for the use of medical marijuana to treat MS. Williams has stated that snowboarding has been the best therapy to treat his disease.

What do you think of all the famous people who have suffered from MS? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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    Mitt Romney's wife Ann suffers MS and is a board member of the New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
    • Jack Osbourne realized that he had MS when he began to lose vision in one eye.

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        Disney star and teen crush Annette Funicello suffered from MS for most of her adult life.

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        • Comedian Joanthan Katz was diagnosed with MS in 1996.  On why he revealed his illness publicly, Katz stated, "One of the reasons I disclosed my condition is because it is much easier to live with MS than to pretend you don't have it. If I could convince everyone of that, my job here is done."

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