List of Famous People with Cystic Fibrosis ranked by fame and popularity. Cystic fibrosis is a autosomal recessive genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver and intestines. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a gene mutation and there are no cures for the disorder. Gene therapy and transplantation can help treat some of the effects of cystic fibrosis. Most people who have cystic fibrosis die by their late 30s.
Who is the most famous person with cystic fibrosis? Frederic Chopin tops our list. The composer and piano virtuoso died in his 30s and historians believe that his symptoms resemble those associated with cystic fibrosis. Fellow musicians Alice Martineau, Gregory Lemarchal and Alex Stobbs all suffer from cystic fibrosis as well.
Triathlete Lisa Bentley was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1988. She hasn’t let that stop her from winning 11 Ironman competitions. Wrestler Andrew Simmons and NCAA basketball player Nolan Gottlieb also suffer from cystic fibrosis while pursuing competitive athletics. Frankie Abernathy brought cystic fibrosis into the homes of millions of people when she appeared on MTV’s reality show “The Real World.”