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.
7Dan Toler (1948-2013)
Dan Toler was an American guitarist who was known as ‘Dangerous Dan Toler’. He became a member of the Allman Brothers Band with Betts (1979-1982) and he appeared on Reach for the Sky (1980), Brothers of the Road (1981), and Enlightened Rogues (1979). He announced that he was suffering from ALS in 2011 and he only lived two more years afterward until the disease got too strong for him to handle. His former bandmate Chaz Trippy said that Toler’s ability to make people laugh, feel good and happy was amazing. He added that he had a smile that was a force of life, and that he loved playing the guitar more than life itself.