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Oct 21 2010
1 Desmond Tutu had TB as a child and was cured. 15359
2 Voltaire 12329
3 Immanuel Kant 12279
4 Jean-Jacques Rousseau 11922
5 John Henry "Doc" Holliday, famous gambler and gunslinger, suffered from tuberculosis until his death in 1887. 11844
6 Alexander Graham Bell 10045
7 George Orwell (1903–1950), British author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, Animal Farm and Homage to Catalonia, first suffered TB in the early 30s and died from it in 1950, at the age of 46. Nineteen Eighty-Four was written during his final illness. 8746
8 Henry David Thoreau 7522
9 Franz Kafka (1883–1924), German-language novelist best known for his novel The Trial, died from tuberculosis. 7490
10 Florence Nightingale 7199
11 Henry VII of England 6640
12 Eleanor Roosevelt 6632
13 Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), famous French painter, actually died of syphilis 6370
14 Cat Stevens :§ 6353
15 Igor Stravinsky 6288
16 Vivien Leigh 6097
17 Charles Bukowski (1920–1994), American author and poet, contracted TB in 1988; he recovered, losing 60 lbs. 6039
18 John Calvin 5940
19 Albert Camus, French writer, playwright, activist, and absurdist philosopher, suffered from TB. He was forced to drop out of school (University of Algiers) due to severe attacks of tuberculosis. However, his death was caused by a car accident. 5907
20 Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894), Neo-romantic Scottish essayist, novelist and poet, is thought to have suffered from tuberculosis during much of his life. He spent the winter of 1887–1888 recuperating from a presumed bout of tuberculosis at Dr. E.L. Trudeau's Adirondack Cottage Sanatarium in Saranac Lake, New York. 5706
21 John Keats (1795–1821), English Romantic poet; he and his brother Tom were taken by tuberculosis 5680
22 Dmitri Mendeleev ? 5106
23 Tom Jones, the Welsh singing legend, spent about a year recovering from TB in his parents basement around the age of 12. 4660
24 Alexander Pope 4642
25 James Monroe 4599
26 Ho Chi Minh 4502
27 Edvard Munch, Norwegian painter. 4472
28 Baruch Spinoza 4257
29 Anton Chekhov (1860–1904), Russian short-story writer, playwright and physician; died from tuberculosis. 4204
30 Robert A. Heinlein, American author 3989
31 Lev Vygotsky 3923
32 Srinivasa Ramanujan 3881
33 Dylan Thomas 3722
34 John C. Calhoun 3596
35 Samuel Johnson 3549
36 D. H. Lawrence 3283
37 Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–1859), French 2996
38 Washington Irving 2925
39 Robert Burns 2708
40 Eugene O'Neill 2673
41 Cardinal Richelieu of France died from tuberculosis in 1642. 2655
42 Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe (wife of Edgar Allan Poe) 2551
43 Louis XIII of France 2498
44 Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961), American author and creator of the "hard boiled" detective novel (notably, Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon), contracted tuberculosis during World War I 2439
45 John Ruskin 2412
46 Guy de Maupassant 2168
47 Gavrilo Princip 2143
48 Amedeo Modigliani (1884–1920), Italian modernist painter 2096
49 Henry Purcell 1959
50 Friedrich Schiller 1935
51 Saint Bernadette Soubirous' 1829
52 Judy Collins :§ 1768
53 W. C. Fields 1728
54 Sarah Bernhardt 1723
55 Manuel L. Quezon 1695
56 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet, died of tuberculosis in 1861. 1648
57 Maxim Gorky 1514
58 Stephen Crane 1232
59 Louis Braille 1222
60 Aubrey Beardsley (1872–1898), English illustrator and author; a convert to Catholicism, on his deathbed he wrote a note pleading that all his "immoral drawings" should be destroyed. 1221
61 Bernhard Riemann, mathematician 1219
62 Christy Mathewson (1880–1925), major league baseball pitcher; developed tuberculosis as a consequence of being accidentally gassed during a training exercise while serving in the U.S. Army Chemical Service during World War I. 1216
63 Louis XVII of France 1210
64 Carl Maria von Weber 1169
65 Christiaan Van Vuuren 1156
66 Sir Wilfrid Laurier 1130
67 Napoleon II of France 1129
68 Stephen Foster 1125
69 Katherine Mansfield 1012
70 Thomas Wolfe (1900–1938), American author, died of tuberculosis of the brain. His 1929 novel, Look Homeward, Angel, makes several references to the problem of consumption, though Wolfe's condition appeared rather suddenly in 1937. 972
71 Pedro I of Brazil (Pedro IV of Portugal) 955
72 Jay Gould, American railroad magnate and financier of the Gilded Age (1880's). 899
73 Link Wray ? 803
74 Charles IX of France 673
75 Eugene Wigner ? 639
76 Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, the Roman Catholic nun and mystic from Poland, the patron saint of mercy, and the Apostle of the Divine Mercy, suffered greatly from tuberculosis and succumbed to it on October 5, 1938. </ref> 631
77 Jimmie Rodgers (1897–1933), country music singer, sang about the woes of tuberculosis in the song T.B. Blues (co-written with Raymond E. Hall) and ultimately died of the disease days after a New York City recording session. 624
78 Anders Celsius 560
79 Paul Laurence Dunbar 544
80 Joseph Mary Plunkett 533
81 John Reed 527
82 Helen Hunt Jackson 515
83 Luigi Boccherini, Italian cellist and composer, died in 1805 of pulmonary tuberculosis. 511
84 Novalis, German author and philosopher 494
85 Charlie Christian, jazz guitarist; pioneer of the electric guitar 482
86 Laurence Sterne 470
87 Walker Percy 455
88 Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736) died of tuberculosis at 26. 440
89 Edward Bellamy (1850–1898), fiction writer remembered for his book Looking Backward, died from tuberculosis. 439
90 Brenda Fricker § 438
91 Edward Baker Lincoln son of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Ann Todd Lincoln 422
92 Mabel Normand 396
93 Charles Kingsley 377
94 Elizabeth Siddal (1829–1862), English artists' model, poet and artist 349
95 Anne Neville (queen consort of Richard III) (unproven) 345
96 Augustin-Jean Fresnel 339
97 Edmond Rostand 339
98 John Taylor, first African-American to win an Olympic Gold Medal 308
99 Alfred Jarry 305
100 Chick Webb 280
101 Richard Wurmbrand faithful Christian and minister to Romania who endured more than 14 years of prison, TB, and torture during Russian occupation and communist rule. His writings testify to a deep delight found in God in the midst of great sufferings. 263
102 Harry Clarke (1889–1931), Irish stained glass artist and book illustrator. 253
103 William Kingdon Clifford, mathematician and philosopher 249
104 Alan Sillitoe 248
105 Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902), Japanese poet famous for revitalizing the haiku, died after a long struggle with tuberculosis. 235
106 Charles Brockden Brown 227
107 Boris Kustodiev (1878–1927), Russian painter and stage designer 221
108 Friedrich Miescher Swiss biochemist, noted for discovery of nucleic acids in cell nucleus (1844-1895) 221
109 Sidney Lanier 214
110 Tobias Smollett 192
111 Barry Morse ? 185
112 Jane Pierce, United States first lady 171
113 Red Schoendienst, baseball player and manager 167
114 David Brainerd (1718–1747) left a diary that reflects his reliance upon God's faithfulness amidst his battle with consumption. The diary was historically very influential, particularly to the modern Christian missionary movement. </ref> </ref> 159
115 Rube Waddell 153
116 Cheng Man-ch'ing Tai Chi Chuan master <!--Chinese surnames come before first names--> 147
117 Lesya Ukrainka 141
118 Francis Thompson 136
119 Peshwa Madhavrao I 134
120 Beulah Annan 128
121 George Formby, Sr., Music hall Comedian and Singer (d.1921) 125
122 Betty MacDonald 117
123 Sudirman, Commander of Indonesia's armed forces during its National Revolution 116
124 Andrei Platonov 116
125 Shanawdithit, believed to have been the last surviving member of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland, died from tuberculosis in 1829. 114
126 Jimmy Blanton, jazz bassist 111
127 Peter Doherty :§ 110
128 Ferdinand Eisenstein, mathematician 108
129 Takasugi Shinsaku (1839–1867), samurai 102
130 Marie Bashkirtseff (1858–1884), talented Russian-born, French-educated woman painter and diarist, died from tuberculosis at the age of 26. 98
131 Anandi Gopal Joshi, first Indian woman to obtain a degree in Western medicine. 95
132 Charles Farrar Browne 82
133 Freddie Keppard 78
134 Joseph Martin Kraus 77
135 James Burke 76
136 Alfredo Catalani 69
137 Amadeo de Souza Cardoso (1887–1918), Portuguese modernist painter 68
138 Joseph Mohr 68
139 Rachel Bluwstein 67
140 Rico Carty, baseball player 67
141 John Aaron Rawlins 66
142 Dan Kolov, Bulgarian wrestler 66
143 Jean de Brunhoff 64
144 Johann Schein 56
145 Jessamyn West, American author, contracted TB in 1932 and recovered. 56
146 Panait Istrati 56
147 Virginia Frances Sterret (1900–1931), American artist and illustrator 47
148 Andreas Vokos Miaoulis, Greek admiral and politician 47
149 Tulasa Thapa, a kidnapped Nepali girl, died of tuberculosis in 1995. 46
150 Archie Jackson, Australian cricketer 46
151 Etti Plesch ? 46
152 Albert Samain 43
153 Saima Harmaja, Finnish poet and writer 43
154 Manuel Bandeira, Brazilian poet, had TB in 1904 and expressed the effects of the disease in his life in many of his poems. 37
155 Anton Hansen Tammsaare (1878–1940), Estonian writer; suffered from tuberculosis after 1911. 37
156 Samuel Arnold 36
157 Hermann Goetz 35
158 Vincas Kudirka (1858–1899), Lithuanian poet and physician; died from tuberculosis 33
159 Robert Natus (1890–1950), Estonian architect; suffered from tuberculosos after 1948. 32
160 Emily Shore, diarist 30
161 Gustav Roch mathematician 27
162 Emmett Hardy 27
163 Kristjan Jaak Peterson (1801–1822), Estonian poet, the founder of modern Estonian poetry; died from tuberculosis, lived only 21 years old. 26
164 Edward Livingston Trudeau, an American physician who established the Adirondack Cottage Sanitorium for treatment of tuberculosis. 26
165 Dragotin Kette 26
166 Princess Amelia, at age 27; youngest child of King George III. 25
167 Andrei Ryabushkin (1861–1904), Russian painter 25
168 Hristo Smirnenski 22
169 Kostas Krystallis, Greek poet 22
170 Winthrop Mackworth Praed 22
171 Llewelyn Powys 21
172 Eleanor Anne Porden 18
173 Nikolay Dobrolyubov 18
174 Friedrich Robert Faehlmann 17
175 Alex Hill, jazz pianist 16
176 Adrianus Turnebus 16
177 Joey Only, Vancouver folk singer 13
178 Andres Larka (1878–1942), Estonian military commander and politician; suffered from tuberculosis after 1924. 12
179 William Ranney (1813–1857), 19th century American painter. Millan, Nicholas. [link]; The Union City Reporter; March 16, 2008</ref> Rosero, Jessica. "All-American painter" The Union City Reporter; April 30, 2006; Pages 7 and 32</ref> 11
180 Sandrine Erdely-Sayo pianist/composer 11
181 John Ives 11
182 Ioannis Altamouras (1852–1878), Greek painter 11
183 Josip Murn Aleksandrov 9
184 Henry B Bolster 9
185 Georges Vezina 9
186 Andreas Karkavitsas, Greek writer 8
187 Uuno Kailas, Finnish composer 8
188 Shaikh Raheela Begum 8
189 Honoré de Balzac 7
190 Simón Bolívar, the liberator of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, died in 1830 of TB. 7
191 Anne and Emily Brontë and other members of the Brontë family of writers, poets and painters were struck by TB. Anne, their brother Branwell, and Emily all died of it within 2 years of each other. Charlotte Brontë's death in 1855 was stated at the time as having been due to TB, but there is some controversy over this today. 6
192 Erwin Schrödinger 6

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