When it comes to illnesses and diseases celebrities aren’t immune to things ravaging their bodies anymore than the rest of the world. Believe it or not all the time that celebrities sit in cars, planes and trains actually increase their chances of getting a serious health condition. Deep vein thrombosis happens when blood pools in an area of the body, most often the legs. This can occur from sitting in one spot for too long. If this happens a blood clot can form. If the clot isn’t treated it can travel to other areas of the body. Pulmonary embolism, a life-threatening disease, can happen is a clot travels to the lungs. There are many celebrities that have suffered from this.
New Anchor David Bloom died from a blood clot in 2003 at the young age of 39 while covering the war in Iraq. He had been travelling a lot and was in small quarters for long periods of time when one day he collapsed. While he was there he began complaining about leg cramps, and he died three days later. He was given medication and often skipped taking it, the clot then progressed to a pulmonary embolism. These days his wife spends her time creating awareness for DVT.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is known for her glamourous lifestyle. She rose from the Hollywood glamour of the golden era. In 2010, she was rushed to the hospital due to severe swelling in the leg. At the age of 93 she was diagnosed with a huge blood clot. It was likely the result of being wheelchair bound since 2002 after a car accident.
Racecar driver Brian Vickers was on the fast track to having his dreams come true of being a NASCAR superstar in 2010 when he developed a pulmonary embolism. He was only 26 when a bike ride took the wind out of him. The next day he was wracked with pain and had trouble breathing. After going to the hospital he was diagnosed with having many blood clots. That stalled his career but he returned to racing a year later. In 2013 he developed DVT again in his foot and didn’t return to racing until 2014.
The big screen superstar is most notably known for films such as “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” and “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Jimmy Stewart always had a heart condition and had a pacemaker. In his later years he was in poor health, and he developed DVT in his leg in 1997 and it progressed to a pulmonary embolism. That embolism caused his death when he suffered from cardiac arrest at 89.
TV show host Regis Philbin was the other half of the “Live With Regis and Kelly” show. In 2007 at the age of 89 he had triple-bypass surgery as well as a hip replacement in 2009. Due to those surgeries he would have been at great risk for developing DVT. He developed a blood clot in 2010 in his leg. They surgically removed the clot after Regis complained that the pain the clot caused made it difficult for him to walk.