9 Celebrities with Epilepsy Everyone Should Know

Lil Wayne

Rap superstar Lil Wayne recently came clean about the condition he has dealt with for much of his life. In 2013, he was hospitalized when he had a series of seizures. They occurred after shooting a music video and were brought on by a busy schedule and lack of sleep.

Dai Greene

Olympic athlete Dai Greene is an example of how lifestyle habits can make a real difference to your health. The British track and field hurdler has epilepsy, but he hasn’t had a seizure in years.

Danny Glover

He will forever be known for his role in the popular Lethal Weapon movies, but Danny Glover also impacts people when he talks about epilepsy. The Academy Award-winning actor struggled with epilepsy and seizures as a child. Like many people with epilepsy, he was lucky enough to outgrow the disorder.

Jason Snelling

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling is another important supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation. He was diagnosed with epilepsy in college. With treatment, he was able to continue his football career and become a successful professional athlete.

Neil Young

Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young has long lived with epilepsy. He also has a daughter who inherited the condition. In his memoir, Waging Heavy Peace, he writes about his epilepsy and other medical conditions. He even describes a medical procedure he underwent years ago. Now banned, the procedure was painful and didn’t help his condition. Today, Young lives well with controlled epilepsy and also helps his daughter to manage her condition

Susan Boyle

The woman who made waves on “Britain’s Got Talent” with her lovely voice has also opened up about having epilepsy. The unlikely star struggled with the condition throughout her childhood. Boyle has talked openly about her physical disability and how it held her back. Adults in her life told her that her seizures were due to a mental defect, and for years she believed them. By talking about her struggles, Boyle helps to shine a light on children who may suffer emotionally because of epilepsy.

Mike Simmel

“Mighty Mike” of show basketball team the Harlem Wizards first started having seizures as a toddler. He continues to live with epilepsy as an adult, but he speaks out about his experiences and shares his difficulties as a child. Simmel’s motor skills and physical movements were slow to develop, but when his dad gave him a basketball, he blossomed. Playing the sport helped him to develop his coordination skills. Today, Mighty Mike works with the Epilepsy Foundation to help children with special needs.


Prince, the legendary performer and Grammy Award-winner, only talked publicly about his childhood battle with epilepsy a few years ago. He described being made fun of in school and having loving parents who weren’t sure how to cope with his disorder. The experiences shaped his career and his success. Prince explains that the teasing from his classmates forced him to be confident and to develop a unique style and persona that helped make him famous.

Alan Faneca

Former guard for three NFL teams and a winner of one Super Bowl, Alan Faneca has long been vocal about living with epilepsy. He was diagnosed at the age of 15 and has coped with it ever since.

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