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 celebs that have had an aneurysm (aortic or cerebral) – some have been lucky not to die, 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…