Stars & Their Diseases: 50 Celebrities With Chronic Health Conditions


41Tim Howard: Tourette's Goalkeeper

Tim Howard: Tourette's Goalkeeper

Tim Howard, the star goalkeeper for the United States, was diagnosed with Tourette's at a young age and continues to work with children who have the disorder.

42Cher: Dyslexic Dropout

Cher: Dyslexic Dropout

After struggling with reading throughout grade school, Cher dropped out at the age of 16. It wasn't until she turned 30 that she was diagnosed with dyslexia.

43Freddie Mercury: AIDS Revelation

Freddie Mercury: AIDS Revelation

Freddie Mercury was diagnosed with AIDS in late April 1987, after the famous Live Aid performance, contrary to what the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' biopic portrayed.

44Charles Darwin: Agoraphobic Genius

Charles Darwin: Agoraphobic Genius

Charles Darwin suffered from agoraphobia (panic disorder). He experienced constant nausea, trembling, and crying, which left him virtually bedridden from the age of 30 until his death. His disorder was so severe that he even avoided conversations with his own children.

45Stephen Hawking: ALS Survival

Stephen Hawking: ALS Survival

When Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in 1963, doctors predicted he had about two and a half years to live. Fortunately, the disease progressed much more slowly than expected, and Hawking lived until the age of 76 before passing away on March 14, 2018.

46Scott Hall: PTSD After Self-Defense

Scott Hall: PTSD After Self-Defense

Professional wrestler Scott Hall was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder years after killing a man in self-defense. Hall wrestled away the drunken man's gun and shot him in the head outside of Hall's workplace.

47Jesse Eisenberg: Actor's Mental Health

Jesse Eisenberg: Actor's Mental Health

Actor Jesse Eisenberg, known for roles in "The Social Network" and "Now You See Me," suffers from OCD, separation anxiety, social anxiety, and depression.

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48Charlie Sheen: "The Charlie Sheen Effect"

Charlie Sheen:

When Charlie Sheen came out as HIV positive, it led to a 95 percent increase in over-the-counter HIV home testing kits and 2.75 million searches on the topic, an effect dubbed "The Charlie Sheen Effect." Some argued that Sheen did more for HIV awareness than most UN events.

49Bruce Willis: Stuttering Actor's New Challenges

Bruce Willis: Stuttering Actor's New Challenges

Bruce Willis struggled with severe stuttering as a child. He discovered that his stutter disappeared while performing in a school play by memorizing lines. In college, a combination of acting and speech therapy helped him overcome his condition. In 2023, Bruce Willis' former wife, Demi Moore, posted on Instagram about his diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), known as FTD, and in 2022, he was also diagnosed with aphasia.

50Slawomir Peszko: Four Kidney Footballer

Slawomir Peszko: Four Kidney Footballer

A Polish footballer named S?awomir Peszko has four kidneys, a condition that affects 1 in 5.5 million people. He was diagnosed during a transfer medical.


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