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Famous Faces of Lupus

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  • Celebrities with Lupus

    Celebrities with Lupus

    Lupus is a rare, chronic autoimmune disorder. It can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, and other organs. Symptoms vary from person to person, but lupus attacks healthy cells, often causing scarring, joint pain, swelling, hair loss, and mouth sores. For celebrities perpetually under public scrutiny, this can be a hard burden to bear.

  • Seal

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    Seal suffered from a childhood battle with discoid lupus, a chronic condition leaving him with facial scars and hair loss. This type of lupus affects the skin and can manifest anywhere on the body, causing sun sensitivity and scarring.

  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson

    Although never officially proven, much evidence exists supporting the claim that Michael suffered from lupus. Lupus might explain his avoidance of the sun, his rumored drug use, and some of his erratic behavior. Lupus sufferers often die in their 40s and 50s from sudden heart attacks.

  • Flannery O’Connor

    Flannery O’Connor

    Flannery O’Connor, animportant American novelist, short-story writer, and essayist, was diagnosed with disseminated lupus at the age of 26. Her father, too, was tormented by the hereditary disease, and died when Flannery was only 15. Despite her suffering, she still completed over two-dozen short stories and two novels. She died at the age of 39 of complications from the disease. 

  • Toni Braxton

    Toni Braxton

    Toni Braxton, an R&B singer, revealed that she is battling lupus while raising awareness of thedisease at the 8th Annual Lupus LA Bag Ladies Luncheon. She shared her news while accepting an award for Women in Achievement. She also performed at the Orange Ball, a benefit to raise funds and awareness for lupus. 

  • Ray Walston

    Ray Walston

    After a six-year battle with lupus, the stage, television, and movie actor died in 2001 at age 87. His more notable roles include Uncle Martin from My Favorite Martin and Mr. Hand from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He continued to act throughout his illness until his death.  

  • J. Dilla

    J. Dilla

    The hip-hop producer and rapper who worked with A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rymes, and Common, died at 32 from Lupus complications. His illness and medications caused a dramatic weight loss, forcing him to publicly confirm suspicions about his ailing health.

  • Teddi King

    Teddi King

    The American jazz and pop vocalist, Teddi King, opened the Playboy Club in the 1960s, where she often performed. Despite developing lupus, she managed to make a comeback in her career, but, sadly, died from the effects of the disease in 1977.

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga

    The famous pop singer does not actively suffer from the disease, but announced on Larry King that she tested borderline positive for lupus. Lupus is a genetic disease and prevalent in Lady Gaga’s family. She experiences occasional heart palpitations and must take good care of herself in order to avoid developing the disorder. Unfortunately, Lady Gaga doesn’t live the healthiest lifestyle, admitting to the occasional cigarette and alcohol consumption.

  • More Information

    More Information

    Lupus is a very serious kidney disorder that, as these notable figures have proven, can have a profound impact on a person’s life. Explore the kidney to see how this disorder develops. Read about causes, symptoms, and treatments for this detrimental disorder. 

    If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with lupus, take control of your treatment, and realize that you are not alone.