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.

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  • 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
  • John Hancock, American Revolution leader
  • 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