Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS) or Lou Gehrig Disease as people in America sometimes refer to it, is a neurodegenerative disorder that weakens the muscles, greatly reducing their physical functions until they are no longer able to sustain essential body function, leading to the person’s death. According to studies, more than five thousand people are diagnosed with ALS every year in the United States, out of which less than 20% have a chance of surviving the first 5 years after the diagnosis.
At this point in time, nobody is yet sure what exactly
causes the disease, a disease which affected a lot of people throughout the years, including a few very famous ones. Over the next few minutes, we will remind ourselves of the ten most famous people with ALS who ever lived.
10James David Graham Niven (1910-1983)
David Niven was an Academy-winning English actor who acted in films like A Matter of Life and Death (1946), The Pink Panther (1963), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1956). He died of ALS at the age of 73 in Switzerland, after battling the condition for a couple of years prior to his death. A seemingly interesting fact is that the doctors who first saw him had absolutely no idea what was wrong with him.