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
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