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Famous People With Parkinson's Disease

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List of famous people with Parkinson's disease, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Symptoms of the disease include shaking and slow movement. Various treatments of Parkinson's disease include medication, surgery, and stem cell transplants. Parkinson's disease can be caused by genetics or environmental factors.

Who is the most famous person with Parkinson's disease? Though never officially diagnosed with Parkinson's, many historians believe that Adolf Hitler began to show various symptoms of the disease as early as 1937. Other powerful people with Parkinson's disease include George Wallace, Pope John Paul II, and Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Back to the Future actor Michael J. Fox has become a spokesperson for Parkinson's disease. He was diagnosed in 1991, and he announced his condition publicly in 1998. He started The Michael J. Fox Foundation to help advance research to cure the disease. Shortly after the death of actor Robin Williams in 2014, his wife announced that he had been struggling with the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

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  • Johnny Cash
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    Country music singer Johnny Cash was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1997.
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1932-2003)
    • Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States of America

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  • Christian evangelist Billy Graham was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1992.
    • Age: 101
    • Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Radio host Casey Kasem suffered from Parkinson's disease and the early stages of dementia before he died in 2014.
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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  • Pope John Paul II
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    Pope John Paul II was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2001.
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)
    • Birthplace: Wadowice, Poland

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