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Some of these entertainers are apart of the more than two million Americans, and over 65 million people worldwide, who live with epilepsy, others have different conditions that have led them to suffer from seizures.


On the stage, Prince exudes confidence but the normally reserved musician struggled during his childhood. Growing up in Minneapolis, Prince suffered from epilepsy and had seizures often. The “When Doves Cry” singer opened up on “Tavis Smiley” for the first time about it. “I used to have seizures when I was young,” he said. “My mother and father didn’t know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had.”

Lil Wayne

After serving a 10-month sentence, Lil Wayne was released from prison and got right back to where he left off. On a non-stop grind, the New Orleans rapper was stopped in his tracks after a seizure landed him in the hospital. Lil Wayne spent six days in a Los Angeles hospital last year. Soon after his release, he had another seizure and was right back in. Weezy has no warning on when they’re about to come and he has no memory about them afterwards. “I go to sleep and wake up in the hospital,” Lil Wayne said to MTV News. “I don’t feel anything. I just hope it stops happening.”

Elton John

Elton John leads a much calmer and cleaner life now but he has certainly experienced the rock star lifestyle. The flamboyant singer has been open about his drug and alcohol addictions after finally seeking help in 1990. During his binges John, who suffered an overdose in 1975, would turn blue from epileptic seizures after using cocaine, then snort more when he came to. Feeling like he threw away a good chunk on his life to addiction, he told the “Today” show, “I wasted such a big part of my life, when this epidemic was beginning to happen in the early 1980s. And I was a drug addict and self-absorbed.”

Danny Glover

Actor Danny Glover suffered from seizures since childhood and it happened often enough, he learned to see the warning signs. The “Lethal Weapon” star experienced his first seizure at 15 and since then he’s noticed hearing an unbearable noise beforehand. “Eventually, I could recognize it happening,” Glover wrote on a website about sharing miracles. “Then I could say, wherever I was, ‘Something is happening to me. Please grab me. Please hold me. I’m about to have a seizure.’”

Rick Ross

Rapper Rick Ross has come out unscathed after surviving two attempts on his life but after suffering from a series of seizures the Miami native was scared enough to change his lifestyle. In 2011, the “Sanctified” rapper had two seizures back to back aboard two different planes within a couple hours of each other. Rushed to the hospital, Ross blamed the seizures on a severe lack of sleep and took some time off to rest. Recently Ross showed off his dramatic weight loss after getting his stomach stapled.

Neil Young

Neil Young came from a broken home and it had a negative effect on his health. His parents spilt up when he was young and as a result from the divorce, the “Heart of Gold” singer suffered from several ailments simultaneously including epilepsy. Young also had polio and later suffered from an aneurism. Despite all of this, the Canadian star has enjoyed a career that’s spanned over four decades and has released more than 30 albums.

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis founded the metal band Korn with his buddies in the early 90’s and since then they’ve gone on to sell more than 35 million albums worldwide. Davis enjoyed the rock star life a bit too much and it had a negative affect on his health. His addiction to benzodiazepines would cause him to have seizures. “I was fighting having seizures,” Davis said in an interview with “Metal Hammer.” I was shaking all the time. I couldn’t think. My brain, actually, was wired a certain way from the medicine so it had to rewire itself.”

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle shot to fame once she opened her mouth on the stage at “Britain’s Got Talent” and out came a powerful voice. But the sudden spotlight became too much for the singer. Growing up in Scotland, Boyle was teased a lot. Suffering from seizures, she would often faint. The other children would make fun of the “I Dreamed A Dream” singer so she stayed to herself. After becoming an international sensation, Boyle had a public meltdown on stage and had to take some time away from the limelight.

Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman’s short stature helped him become a star but behind closed doors the “Different Strokes” star suffered from several medical ailments. During an appearance on “The Insider” in 2010, Coleman suffered a seizure on the set and was rushed to the hospital. The episode could have been triggered from a number of health issues that Coleman suffered from. A few months later, the 42-year-old fell down the steps, possibly after suffering from another seizure, and bumped his head. He slipped into a coma and passed away two days later.

Scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has had a history of suffering from seizures. Aboard a Los Angeles flight bound for Miami in 2008, Weiland experienced a mild one. He was administered medical attention and given some oxygen on the plane before it made an emergency landing. Weiland was transferred to a Dallas hospital where he stayed to recuperate.

Tone Loc

Rapper Tone Loc gave his audience a scare when he collapsed on stage in Des Moines, Iowa last year. Help rushed to his side and the crowd was ushered out. Although no official word was released about what came over the “Wild Thing” rapper, he has had seizures on stage before. Loc went down in 2009 after having a seizure in front of a crowd, then again two years later and once more in 2012. And in the summer of 2012 he also had a seizure while watching a comedy show.

Kelly Osbourne

Having a seizure can be a scary thing. Especially in front of a bunch of strangers. “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne had a seizure in front of a live studio audience last year. The experience was scary enough to want Osbourne to make a change in her life. Since then, the former reality show star has gone on a low carb, hight fat ketogenic diet meant for epilepsy sufferers.

Amy Lee

Singer Amy Lee rose to fame with the rock group Evanescence and she used her star power to raise awareness on something that she was personally affected by. Her brother had his first seizure when he was eight years old. Lee has made it her mission to raise awareness about the chronic disorder. In 2006, she became the American chairperson for Out of the Shadows, an international foundation dedicated to providing education about epilepsy.

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