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Lack of Celebs with COPD

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Someone posted this thread a few years back.

There’s a distinct lack of celebs that have gone on the record as having COPD. This is unfortunate as it would give it more publicity and maybe research funding.

Ones I can think of include; Willie Nelson, Christy Turlington and Ronnie Wood. Anyone know of anymore?

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Leonard Nimoy, Amy Winehouse, Richard Briers.

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Annie31 in reply to CDPO16

Gosh, I didn't know that about Amy Winehouse! I remember reading about the two DD s but nothing about that, poor girl! I do remember about Leonard Nimoy now you mention it.

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CDPO16 in reply to Annie31

Amy Winehouse was diagnosed with very early stage emphysema and apparently not surprised as she was a very heavy smoker.

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Annie31 in reply to CDPO16

Oh my word! Diagnosed as early as that!

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CDPO16 in reply to Annie31

Yes but she was only 28 when she died.

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Annie31 in reply to CDPO16

That's what I meant!

Vera from corrie had it

Some surprises here...webmd.com/lung/copd/ss/slid...

No you're right, and I can't think of anyone unlike how many stars of stage and screen have died over the years of lung cancer.

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I think Kiwth Chegwin also had it. Have a good yand take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx

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ck101 in reply to Damon1864

Just looked that up about Cheggers, he was a 60 a day man apparently but died from IPF, closely linked to the smoking no doubts.

Kenneth Cope was on rehab course with me a couple of years back. I didn’t even know who he was until after the course ended. I never watched the TV programmes he was on and now can’t remember what the were. Coronation St was one.

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ck101 in reply to Don-1931

He’s been in a lot of things. I’d say a fair amount of smoking went on in that game, plenty of hanging around. Journalists were well known to smoke like chimneys too.

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Don-1931 in reply to ck101

He's was/is very modest man I talked to him quite a lot, he was the only bloke there, and he never once mentioned acting. I did notice that the ladies paid a lot of attention to him though. 🙄

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sassy59 in reply to Don-1931

Was he in Randall and Hopkirk(deceased)? I think it was him. Xxx

ozzy osbourne has sevear emphysema

That comedian/ impersonator had it, can’t remember his name though. There were headlines ???? ate my hamster. There’s a memory test for you!

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Gladwyn in reply to Troilus

Was it Freddy Star ?

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Annie31 in reply to Gladwyn

Yes I think it was!

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Gladwyn in reply to Annie31

😀

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Troilus in reply to Gladwyn

Yes, Gladwyn, it was! Well remembered!

Katie Prices mum (Amy) has IPF and was diagnosed in 2017 as I was.I saw her interviewed on TV saying she hasn't long to live which freaked me out! She has moved to Spain hoping that the warm weather will help.

I’ve often wondered about Paul O’Grady, a 40 a day man into his 50s and three heart attacks and Clarkson with his recent bout of pneumonia.

Clive James another name that springs to mind.

A sad indictment of the world that we need so called celebrities to further the cause of research into lung diseases. ☹

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Damon1864Volunteer in reply to skischool

I agree with what you are saying Ski we shouldn't need celebs to highlight this. Have a wonderful day and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx

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skischool in reply to Damon1864

Only if they are called Jack and Scruffs then that's ok Bernadette. 🙂😻👍xx

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Damon1864Volunteer in reply to skischool

I agree🐶🐱xxx

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ck101 in reply to Damon1864

I agree Ski however there is a huge proportion of people who don’t even know what COPD is.

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Damon1864Volunteer in reply to ck101

That's so true, it's a pity most lung diseases aren't publicised enough like cancer is. I've noticed I my GPS surgery there are leaflets about cancer, and stopping smoking yet nothing about COPD And everything Which comes under that umbrella. Have a good day and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx

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Annie31 in reply to skischool

You're very right of course Ski's, but look how it helps! Roy Castle foundation for lung cancer and passive smoking, Jade Goody with Cervical cancer encouraging younger women to come forward for regular testing. Anne Diamond and Cilla Black highlighting Cot Death Syndrome. These celebs have made a huge difference and whilst they highlight these terrible issues, it encourages fundraising which all helps research in the long run.

Another to add to the list Eric Clapton, looks well I might add, also good to see he’s getting on with life, gigging, recording, collaborating. Eric was a 60 a day smoker up to the age of 49 and has a young family. Now he would be a serious ambassador for lung disease. Maybe if he put the same effort into talking about his Emphysema as he does about the Vax it might do some good!

Caution advised this video gives a strong Anti Vax message which I personally do not support!

youtu.be/NVbt8wIKMEY

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peege in reply to ck101

Crikey, that's pretty shocking and naive of him to make those statements. You're right , most people are ignorant about any lung disease including asthma. Older people might have heard of pigeon fanciers disease or emphysema but that's about it. To be fair though its lack of education & no interest of news or information channels.

Would you come out as having a lung disease if your living depended on having a good pair of lungs?

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ck101 in reply to Alberta56

At 76 with 250M in the bank as above I honestly don’t think I’d care. At that point I’d be considering philanthropy and how I can use my life’s learnings to impact humanity.

Phil Everly

I can add Leonard Bernstein. He nearly died on the job. Was conducting in Boston when he collapsed

Looks like the fags have caught up with Simon Cowell, after a well publicised bout of bronchitis back in 2012 he continued to smoke heavily. I wondered about his recent dramatic weight loss. Anyway the red tops reckon he had a bottle of oxygen in his Roller! Can’t say I agree, looks like a nebuliser to me:

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