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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.
  • Selma Blair
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    Selma Blair was diagnosed with MS in August 2018, though she experienced the symptoms long before her diagnosis. In fact, Blair believes she'd been suffering from MS for 15 years, noting she may have simply ignored minor problems.

    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Southfield, Michigan, United States of America
  • Richard Pryor
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    In the 90s, comedian Richard Pryor used a scooter to get around because MS had made it difficult for him to walk.  He can be seen on his scooter in David Lynch's "Lost Highway," Pryor's last film.
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)
    • Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Jamie Lynn Sigler
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    In 2016,  actress Jamie Lynn Sigler revealed that she had been battling MS for 15 years. Sigler was diagnosed just before the fourth season of The Sopranos, when she was 19 years old.
    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: Jericho, New York, United States of America

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  • Montel Williams
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    Talk show host Montel Williams was diagnosed with MS in 1999.  He now runs the MS Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on research and education.
    • Age: 64
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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