All human beings are at risk of getting kidney disease. It does
not matter whether a person is tall, short, famous, rich or poor.
List of Famous People Who Have Had Kidney Disease
There are many famous people who are known to have had or still have the disease also called renal failure. This ranges from actors, musicians, writers to world acclaimed composers. Some of them are still alive while others have died.
Oscar-winning director Stephen
Spielberg (pictured above) had a kidney removed
during surgery in February 2000. Doctors had found an "irregularity"
during a routine exam.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (pictured below) was a famous composer who died in 1791. He most likely died of kidney failure. He composed some of the most beautiful classical music in the world. His work is still being played and studied by other famous composers to date. His contributions in the music industry shaped what many people have come to know as classical music.
Julia Child was a chef whose mastery of the kitchen and culinary
skills won her the adoration of many. She died in 2004 as a result
of kidney failure. Barry White was a soulful singer who had millions
of fans. He was popular in the 70s and he recorded many albums
in that period. He was a dialysis patient and died in 2003 of
Erma Bombeck was a famous columnist, humorist and writer who died of complications after having a kidney transplant. She suffered from polycystic kidney disease which is a hereditary ailment. The fact that she battled cancer and was in remission during the time of her transplant has made some people believe that she died of cancer. However, the truth is that she died from kidney complications.
Natalie Cole (pictured above) is a talented singer and entertainer.
She is the daughter of the legendary Nat King Cole. She had hepatitis
and received chemotherapy for it. It destroyed her kidneys which
necessitated her to undergo dialysis for some time. She had a
kidney transplant and is now doing okay.
James Michener was a prolific author of moving sagas such as
The Drifters, Hawaii and Centennial. He had been receiving dialysis
treatments for four years. He died when he was 90 years old in
1997 of kidney failure.
So, you see, kidney disease can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. Regular checkups with your physician, however, can reduce the risk.
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