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FAMOUS PEOPLE WITH SARCOIDOSIS

This page contains details of some well-known people who have had sarcoidosis. There is speculation that William Shakespeare and Ludvig van Beethoven also had sarcoidosis.
Bernie MAC

Bernie MAC

Comedian, USA, 1957-2008

Bernie Mac, was an American comedian, actor, and voice artist. He lived with lung sarcoidosis for 25 years and died from complications of pneumonia. In 2007 he started the Bernie Mac Foundation.
Reggie WHITE

Reggie WHITE

American Football Player, USA, 1961-2004

Reginald Howard White was a professional American Football player for 15 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He became one of the most awarded NFL players in history. He lived with lung and cardiac sarcoidosis for many years before his death.
King William ALEXANDER

King William ALEXANDER

King of the Netherlands, 1967-

King Willem-Alexander succeeded his mother to the Dutch throne on 30 April 2013. In the 1990s, when he was in his mid twenties, sarcoidosis was discovered in his lungs during a routine medical check-up. It disappeared without treatment.
Emilia FOX

Emilia FOX

Actress, presenter and producer, UK, 1974-

Emilia Fox is an English actress, present and producer. Diagnosed with sarcoidosis at the young age of 18, she has since lead a successful career including starring in The Pianist.

Alexei SAYLE

Alexei SAYLE

Comedian, actor, author and recording artist, UK, 1952-

Alexei Sayle was voted the 18th greatest stand-up comic of all time on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-ups in 2007.  Originally diagnosed with sarcoidosis 30 years ago, he had a flare up in 2020 but has been using steroids to manage symptoms.

Floyd MAYWEATHER Sr.

Floyd MAYWEATHER Sr.

Boxer and Trainer, USA, 1950-

Floyd Mayweather Sr. is a former professional boxer who competed from 1974 to 1990, and has since worked as a boxing trainer. He is the father and former trainer of boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. He has suffered  from lung sarcoidosis.
Tisha CAMPBELL-MARTIN

Tisha CAMPBELL-MARTIN

American actress, singer, and dancer

Tisha Campbell-Martin is a famous actress staring in many movies and Television series, including ‘Martin’ and ‘My Wife and Kids’. She was diagnosed with pulmonary sarcoidosis over 3 decades ago and has been living with it ever since.

Karen DUFFY

Writer, model and actress, 1962-

Karen “Duff” Duffy is an American writer, model, television personality, and actress. In 1995, Duffy was diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis. Since then, she’s written two books about her experience living with sarcoidosis and chronic pain.

Joseph RAGO

Political Journalist, USA, 1983-2017

Joseph Rago was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American political writer, best known for his work at The Wall Street Journal. He died from sarcoidosis complications in 2017..

Debbie ROWE

Dermatology Assistant, USA, 1958-

Deborah Jeanne Rowe is an American woman, known for her marriage to Michael Jackson, with whom she had two children. In 2014 she had a cancer scare which turned our to be sarcoidosis.

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