10 famous people with hep C

Hepatitis C is a condition which doesn’t discriminate, affecting those who live a celebrity lifestyle as often as the average Joe.

Here are some famous faces with hep C:

PAMELA ANDERSON – actress

The actress publicly stated in March 2002 that she had contracted hepatitis C

ANTHONY KIEDIS – vocalist/lyricist of the band, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis revealed he contracted hepatitis C from a syringe while injecting heroin.

EVEL KNIEVEL – motorcycle daredevil

In 1999, Evel Knievel underwent a liver transplant after nearly dying of hepatitis C, which, he believed, had been contracted from a blood transfusion.

NATALIE COLE – singer, songwriter

The Grammy Award-winning singer was diagnosed with Hepatitis C during a routine examination.

DAVID CROSBY – The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

The musician underwent a liver transplant due to hepatitis C. He spent 71 days in hospital and was within days of dying before his transplant.

BILLY GRAHAM – wrestling icon

Hepatitis C is a disease that is prevalent among professional wrestlers from the bloodbath eras of the 70’s and 80’s. It was common for wrestlers to share razor blades when cutting themselves to produce the “blood” effect during matches.

STANLEY GREENE – photojournalist known for documentation of the conflict in Chechnya

In 2008, Greene revealed that he had hepatitis C, which he believed he had contracted from a contaminated razor while working in Chad the year before. After controlling the disease with medication, he travelled to Afghanistan and shot a story about the crisis of drug abuse and infectious disease.

CHET HELMS – music promoter and cultural figure in San Francisco during the late sixties

Often called the father of San Francisco’s 1967 Summer of Love, Helms was a well-known music promoter and a cultural figure in San Francisco during its hippie period in the late Sixties. He died of hep C complications in 2005.

DUSTY HILL – bassist and co-vocalist with the American rock group ZZ Top

In 2000, blues-rock band ZZ Top, known for their shaggy beards, had to drop the European leg of a world tour when bassist Dusty Hill fell ill with hepatitis C.

NAOMI JUDD – country music singer

As a young nurse, country music star Naomi Judd contracted hepatitis C through a needle injury.

Do you know of any famous people with hep C? If so, add them to the list!

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  • San Diego Chargers player Rolf Benirschke, and yoga teacher, midwife and author Jeannine Parvati Baker have also said publically that they have hep C.

  • Hi - I am also aware of someone else you could add to the list who had the hep C virus:

    Anita Roddick – businesswoman and founder of The Body Shop chain of cosmetic stores

  • Maybe not relevant here but other celebs have been supportive of Hep C awareness - Robbie Williams is a patron of the Hep C Trust

  • Thanks for the information, Pearson!