Billy Connolly & 9 Other Celebs With Parkinson's Disease
September 16th, 2013 9:08pm EDT
Scottish actor and comedian Billy Connolly revealed today that he is receiving treatment for Parkinson's disease. There is no cure for the disease, which includes symptoms such as tremors and slowness of movement.
More than 1.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with the disease, according to The American Parkinson Disease Association.
The progressive disorder develops gradually, sometimes as just a small tremor in one hand. It also causes stiffness or soft and slurred speach, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Connolly isn't the only celebrity who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. Check out other stars who have battled the syndrome...
While working on "Spin City," Michael J. Fox was forced to publicly disclose he had been fighting Parkinson's disease since 1991, after the shakes and tremors were becoming more and more obvious to viewers. He has become a tireless activist for research into the disease.
In August, singer Linda Ronstadt revealed she had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. "I couldn't sing and I couldn't figure out why," she told AARP Magazine. She admitted that she's been experiencing symptoms for the last eight years, and she attributed them to a tick bite and a past shoulder injury.
Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, osteoporosis, and Lewy Body Dementia, "The Golden Girls" star Estelle Getty disappeared from the public scene in 2000. She died in 2008 at age 84, presumably from complications due to her advanced dementia.
Johnny Cash's publicist announced the star had Parkinson's Disease in 1997 after he was forced to cancel a concert tour. He died in 2003.
Earth, Wind & Fire singer Maurice White was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in the late 1980s. He no longer tours with the band.
After nearly 40 years of acting, British star Bob Hoskins retired in 2012, due to his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease. The actor stated in a press release that he looked forward to spending time with his family in a quiet retirement.
Vincent Price, a lifelong smoker, had emphysema and Parkinson's disease. His symptoms were so bad that filming had to be cut short on "Edward Scissorhands." He died of lung cancer in 1993 at age 82.
Afflicted by Parkinson's disease and confined to a wheelchair near the end of her life, actress Deborah Kerr passed away in 2007. She had been nominated for an Academy Award six times but never won. She was famous for films such as "The King and I," "An Affair To Remember" and "From Here To Eternity."
Boxer Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1984. The disease can be caused by head trauma from activities such as boxing.
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