Category Archives: Top 50 Celebrities With Diabetes

Esther Rolle

esther rolle and diabetesEster Rolle was born in 1920, native of Pompano Beach, California. Through her life she was a star. Her career choices took her to stage, film as well as TV rolls. Rolle’s stage appearances include “Don’t Play Us Cheap”. Her movie career had hits like, “Train Ride”. However, Rolle’s most memorable performance was in the 70s TV show, “Good Times”. Ester Rolle died in 1998 of complications from diabetes. She was 78 years old.

The world lost another famous diabetic when Ester Rolle died in 1998. She was battling through her health problems up until the end. Even though Rolle’s played a maid in two popular television programs, she made a promise to her father. Rolle’s kept that promise to the very end; she swore that she would never be a maid in real life.

Elliot Yamin

elliot yamin and diabetesEfraym Elliot Yamin entered the world in 1978. He is a native of Los Angeles, California. Yamin is from Jewish and Israeli descent. His musical career started out at an early age. Yamin was first discovered signing karaoke when he was a teenage. He has had several big breaks including a single titled, “Wait for You”. Most people may recognize him from “American Idol”, where he placed 3rd on the fifth season. Since being on “American Idol”, he has preformed on various talk shows as well as several other performances that has launched his musical talent to higher levels. Elliot Yamin is now 30 years old and in the height of his career.

At the age of 16, he learned that he had type 1 diabetes. He publicly described his reaction to that diagnosis: “I didn’t understand how I could go from being a normal kid to overnight, having this lifelong disease that was incurable.” Yamin got over his initial shock, and he went on to make a recording with Hickory Records.

B.B. King

bb kingRiley B. King entered the world in 1925. He is a native of Itta Bena, Mississippi. King began his career in the 40s where he went to Tennessee to become a star. Unfortunately, he did not make it at that time. King went back home to prepare himself better. Two years later, he returned for the break he was looking for. King began as a singer at a radio station, soon after he had his first recording contract. He is dubbed one of the best guitarist of all time. Some of his recordings include “Stand By Me”, “Woke Up This Morning” and “You Upset Me Baby”. King has had several television appearances and over 15,000 musical performances. B.B. King is 83 years old.

King has been living with type 2 diabetes for over 20 years. He is an avid spokesman for the disease. King was worried about the need to prick his fingers in order to test his blood glucose level. After he discovered the One Touch Ultra System, he agreed to be a voice for One Touch. King has also endorsed other products that allow individuals to take care of their diabetes successfully.

Catfish Hunter

catfish hunterJames Augustus Hunter is a native from New Orleans, born in 1946. Later, he became known as the Catfish Hunter. He played both football and baseball while in high school. During his senior year, he had a hunting accident and lost one toe. This accident worried the would be baseball star. Catfish Hunter felt that he could not have a successful career. However, he became one of the leading sports stars of his time. Still, he went on to pitch for an MLB team. On May 22, 1968, Hunter pitched a perfect game. He began his career with the Kansas City A’s in 1965 and it ended in 1979 with the New York Yankees. Catfish Hunter died in 1999 from Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 53 years old.

The Lou Gehrig’s Disease was diagnosed one year before he died. In the last few years of Catfish Hunter’s life, he could barely throw a baseball. He was unconscious for a time when he hit his head on a step. Catfish Hunter was released from the hospital in good condition. Along with the Lou Gehrig’s Disease, he was also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This left him taking insulin injects 3 times a day.

David Crosby

David CrosbyDavid Crosby is a legend in the music industry. He was born in 1941, native of Los Angeles, California. Crosby was one of the founding members of the rock groups The Byrds as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. His first interest was not music, rather it was acting. After a while, he put aside that idea and began his music career. Crosby will always be remembered for his songwriting, singing and guitar playing. Some of his most famous works include “Eight Miles High”, “Music is Love” and “Where Will I Be”. Crosby was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well. David Crosby is 67 years old.

Crosby has had some medical problems in his life. He is insulin dependant with type 1 diabetes. Crosby has also undergone a liver transplant in the 90s. This is because his liver was damaged due to over use of drugs and alcohol in his past.

Wilford Brimley

Wilford BrimleyAllen Wilford Brimley was born in 1934. He is native to Salt Lake City, Utah. Throughout his life, he has had some major accomplishments. Brimley was once a body guard for Howard Hughes. During the Korean conflict, he served in the United States Marine Corps. Brimley is most famous for his acting ability, however. His first job on a set was shoeing horses for 60s westerns. He is more notable for his works in “Cocoon”, the television show “Our House” and “The Firm”. Brimley is known for being an activist. He fights laws on the banning of cockfighting and horse-race gambling. Wilford Brimley is 74 years old.

Brimley having diabetes is a spokesman for the disease. He speaks out on the importance of checking glucose levels often and living a better life. Brimley appears in advertisements for Liberty Medical, a distributor of diabetes supplies.


meatloafMichael Lee Aday was born in 1947 as Marvin Lee Aday. He is a native of Dallas, Texas. His fans and the professional industry better knows Aday as Meat Loaf. He has had an impressive career in the musical industry as well as an actor. Between 1987 and 1991, Meat Loaf performed in 300 concerts. Then in the 1990s, Meatloaf began acting in movies. He has worked with Patrick Swayze, Dennis Quaid and Brad Pitt. Meat Loaf’s songs include “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, “Bat out of Hell” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (but I Won’t Do That)”. His stage presences include “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Fight Club” and “Spice World”. Even though, his life has been rocky, Meat Loaf is a musical legend. He is 61 years old.

Meat Loaf has been diagnosed with diabetes for several years. He has been ill at a few of his concerts where he was forced to go on despite the way he felt. Meat Loaf has had other medical issues as well. He has been in a near fatal car accident, a shot put has hit him directly in the head and has been ill with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.

Minnie Pearl

Minnie PearlMinnie Pearl was enjoyed by millions for her performance from the Grand Ole Opry and the hit TV show, Hee Haw. Pearl was born Sarah Ophelia Colley in 1912. She is a native of Centerville, Tennessee. In that day, age and part of the country, her family was embarrassed that she chose a career as a comedian in show business. Pearl started out producing as well as directing plays in her small community. She was a comedic legend with a stage presence that could never be copied. Pearl took her audience to new levels and they enjoyed turning in to her where ever she was. Sadly, Minnie Pearl died in 1996 of a stroke. She was 84 years old.

Pearl had to deal with many health issues, in addition to diabetes. She conquered her battle with breast cancer, but she lost her battle with stroke. When Pearl won her long fight against breast cancer, she began speaking out in favor of the Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. A cancer foundation was founded in her name and inspiration.

Mick Fleetwood

Mick FleetwoodMick Fleetwood was born Michael John Kells Fleetwood in 1947. He is a native of Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Fleetwood was one of the founding members of the band Fleetwood Mac. He had a rough childhood which led him to drop out of school at the young age of 15. Fleetwood decided then that he would go to London to become a drummer. His career had several levels, including various bands and small TV and film rolls. He will always be remembered for his Fleetwood Mac performances. In November of 2002, Fleetwood became a U.S. citizen. Mick Fleetwood is 61 years old.

Fleetwood has had several bouts of hypoglycemia while drumming for Fleetwood Mac. In 1979, doctors told him that he had diabetes. When Fleetwood was diagnosed, he did not know what was happening. Finally he received the news that he had a mild case of diabetes. With diet and exercise he was able to keep it under control.

Tommy Lee

Tommy LeeTommy Lee was born Tommy Lee Bass in 1962. He is a native of Athens, Greece. However, shortly after he was born the family moved to California. Lee’s father is of Welsh American and his mother is of Greek descent. Lee is most famous for being the drummer of the 80’s heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. He has been married to Pamela Anderson as well as Heather Locklear.

Lee has been in trouble with the law on a few occasions and is considered a bad boy or the heavy metal industry. In addition to Mötley Crüe, Lee has formed other bands as well. The one that lee is presently with is called Electro Mayhem. Tommy Lee is 46 years old.