celebrities with arthritis

Melvin Franklin

You might not know his name, but you’ve no doubt found yourself jamming along to some of his songs. Melvin was the bass in the hit Motown group The Temptations.

Melvin is the fancy dancer on the left.
I couldn’t find a lot about his battle with arthritis, so this paragraph from his wiki page will have to do:

In the late 1960s, Franklin was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, the symptoms of which combated with cortisone so that he could continue performing. The constant use of cortisone left his immune system open to other infections and health problems; as a result Franklin developed diabetes in the early 1980s and later contracted necrotizing fasciitis. In 1978 he was shot in the hand and in the leg while trying to stop a man from stealing his car. On February 17th, 1995, Franklin lapsed into a coma and died six days later on February 23 of a brain seizure, at the age of 52. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly English, and his four children: David Jr., Davette, Felicia, and Niqous. Franklin is entombed in an outdoor crypt at Forest Lawn – Hollywood hill Cemetery.

He was in a wheelchair at one point as well. The article above doesn’t seem completely accurate, as most people don’t have side effects from cortisone injections. Most likely, the immune system problems related to the arthritis were more of a culprit in Franklin’s health than medicines used to treat it. Whatever the case may be, Melvin’s privacy about his condition can definitely be understood.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I just looked up information regarding cortisone. It's a steroid. If you use it too much and in Melvin's case he got more shots than he should have so he could continue to perform…it did a lot of harm. My mother who is diabetic gets injections into her knee from time to time but not vert often. It does spike her sugar. I have lupus and I've been on so many harmful medications. Off all of them now but they were brutal. Steroids ate my hips and I can barely walk. Lost a lot of hair that never grew back. Melvin is an inspiration to me though. I know the pain I live with every minute of every day from lupus and arthritis and I can't begin how hard it was for him. Had to have been a very strong man.

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