Famous People With Sickle Cell Anemia

Famous People With Sickle Cell Anemia

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited condition wherein the person has red blood cells shaped like a sickle and this affects the way these cells carry oxygen to different parts of the body. The abnormal shape of the red blood cells leads to oxygen and nutrient deficiency.

Here are some famous people with sickle cell anemia:

Paul Williams (July 2, 1939 - August 17, 1973) -- Paul Williams was an American baritone singer and choreographer. He was one of the founding members and lead singer of the Motown group ‘The Temptations’. He was a member of the group from the time it was founded in 1960 till 1971 when he retired on health grounds. He was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Their group hit the Billboard top 20 in 1964 with ‘The Way You Do the Things You Do’. They had other successes such as ‘My Girl’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’ and ‘(I Know) I’m losing You’. He was considered as Temptations’ best dancer; he served as the group’s choreographer. Williams suffered from sickle-cell anemia and his physical health deteriorated. This affected his performance. His team members tried to help him but he refused to see a doctor. In 1971 when finally saw the doctor, his liver was found to be affected and he was advised to retire. He was found dead with self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Georgeanna Tillman (February 6, 1943 - January 6, 1980) -- Georgeanna Tillman was an R&B/ soul singer and original member of the Motown girl group ‘The Marvelettes’. She grew up in Inkster, Michigan. She joined a singing group with high school friends Gladys Horton, Georgia Dobbins, Juanita Cowart and Katherine Anderson called the ‘Casinyets’. Later the group name was changed to Marvelettes. She was suffering from sick-cell anemia and lupus. She continued as member of the group till 1965 when her sickness started affecting her performance. She died from complications of her illness at the age of 36.

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