Aneurysms affect roughly 2% of the population, but most of us are lucky enough never to have one burst. This list is of some of the famous people that have had an aneurysm (aortic or cerebral). Some have been lucky to survive, others, well, not so much.
- Albert Einstein (1955). Died of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. See, you can be a genius and have an aneurysm. I could have told you that.
- Quincy Jones (1974) Suffered a burst brain aneurysm and survived.
- Bill Berry (1995) The irony of Bill Berry collapsing onstage with R.E.M due to a berry aneurysm is probably not lost on him.
- Sharon Stone (2001) Didn’t die of a cerebral aneurysm. See, you can be a red hot mama and have an aneurysm. I could have also told you that.
- Laura Branigan (2004) Died in her sleep of a cerebral aneurysm. The 80s have not been the same since.
- Neil Young (2005) Had an unruptured aneurysm that was repaired, but started haemorrhaging from his femoral artery a few days later (the artery they had used to access the aneurysm via endovascular surgery). Nice fuck up, there. He is still alive.
- Maryam D’Abo (2007) When I was a teenager, I wanted to be Maryam because she got to snog Timothy Dalton in the Living Daylights. She went on to make a documentary called “Rupture: Living with a Broken Brain”. The film debuted last Thursday in the UK, but it’s only available for streaming on BBC4 for UK residents. Pah!
- Peter Morrissey (2009) Survived a small burst cerebral aneurysm a few months after me. His brother Christopher Morrissey (Marcia Hines’ husband) then got himself checked, and they found an aneurysm which was then coiled. You go, boyfriend!
- Bret Michaels (2010) Had a subarachnoid haemorrhage from a suspected aneurysm during filming of Celebrity Apprentice USA. He went on to win.
- Tila Tequila (2012) Death wish? Brain aneurysm? Does anyone really know?
At some stage, I’ll tell you about my own experiences with a burst aneurysm (for those who haven’t heard my story already) – you may need to grab a chair for that one…