Famous People with Gout
The history of gout goes back over 4,000 years. Initially, it was often misperceived as a king’s disease – affecting only those wealthy enough to indulge in alcohol and other high purine foods like red meat, shell fish and organ meats.
Although history has associated gout with that of a stout, rich man, today we know this stereotype is far from the truth. Gout can affect anyone at any time – with certain risk factors increasing a person’s risk. Even athletes – typically thought of as active and healthy – have fallen victim to gout.
Here is a list of famous people – both today and throughout history – who have dealt with and endured the pain of gout.
- Ansel Adams, landscape photographer
- Emmanuel Armah, Ghanaian actor
- Ludwig Van Beethoven, musician
- Jim Belushi, comedian and actor
- Maurice Cheeks, basketball player and coach
- Dick Cheney, former Vice President
- Charles Dickens, English author and social critic
- Benjamin Franklin, founding father
- King Henry VIII of England
- Samuel Johnson, British author and poet
- Harry Kewell, professional soccer player
- Jared Leto, actor
- William Pitt, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain
- Don Nelson, basketball player and coach
- Sir Isaac Newton, English mathematician and physicist
- Nostradamus, French apothecary
- Sir Laurence Olivier, actor
- Luciano Pavarotti, Italian operatic tenor
- Leonardo da Vinci, Italian painter, sculptor, architect and engineer
- David Wells, professional baseball player