This page contains details of some well-known people who have had sarcoidosis. There is speculation that William Shakespeare and Ludvig van Beethoven also had sarcoidosis.
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Bernie MAC

Comedian, USA, 1957-2008

Bernie Mac, was an American comedian, actor, and voice artist. He lived with lung sarcoidosis for 25 years and died from complications of pneumonia. In 2007 he started the Bernie Mac Foundation.


Reggie WHITE

American Football Player, USA, 1961-2004

Reginald Howard White was a professional American Football player for 15 seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He became one of the most awarded NFL players in history. He lived with lung and cardiac sarcoidosis for many years before his death.


Joseph RAGO

Political Journalist, USA, 1983-2017

Joseph Rago was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American political writer, best known for his work at The Wall Street Journal. He died from sarcoidosis complications in 2017.



Boxer and Trainer, USA, 1950-

Floyd Mayweather Sr. is a former professional boxer who competed from 1974 to 1990, and has since worked as a boxing trainer. He is the father and former trainer of boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. He has suffered  from lung sarcoidosis.


King William ALEXANDER

King of the Netherlands, 1967-

King Willem-Alexander succeeded his mother to the Dutch throne on 30 April 2013. In the 1990s, when he was in his mid twenties, sarcoidosis was discovered in his lungs during a routine medical check-up. It disappeared without treatment.