Famous Musicians
Nat Adderley
Jazz trumpeter and diabetes-sufferer  had his right leg removed due to diabetes
NEWS:1-03-2000 Nat Adderley, a member of the Jazz Hall of Fame who played on nearly 100 albums, died on Sunday (1-02-2000)of complications from diabetes. He was 68. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in Kansas City in 1997, the Florida-born cornetist first came to prominence with his older brother, bebop saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, in the 1950s. The composer of such jazz standards as "Work Song" and "Jive Samba," Nat Adderley was known for recordings by his own group and with his late brother's Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Since Cannonball's death in 1975, Nat had led his own quintets. His most notable sidemen were altoists Sonny Fortune and Vincent Herring. In 1997, he joined the faculty of Florida Southern College as artist in residence. He had also headlined and hosted the school's annual "Child of the Sun Jazz Festival" for more than 10 years.

Ray Anderson
Chicago-born Jazz trombonist,His 1994 CD" Don't Mow Your Lawn" and 1992's "Every One of Us" topped many critics' lists of top jazz recordings.

Kirk Arrington
drummer for the band Metal  Church. He is an insuln-dependent diabetic that was diagnosed September of 1989. SOURCE:KENNETH CARLIN

Matthew Ashman
Born:1962 Died:November 21,1995 Of Diabetes Complications.He was a Guitarist For  The groups: The Cameras ,Adam and the Ants, & Bow Wow Wow

Hoyt Axton
NEWS:October 26 ,1999
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Hoyt Axton, a  folksy baritone, songwriter and actor who  wrote Three Dog Night's No. 1 hit ``Joy to the World'' and songs that were performed by artists from Elvis Presley to Ringo Starr, died Tuesday. He was 61. Axton died at his ranch in the Bitterroot Valley, surrounded by family and friends. He moved to the area after playing a sheriff in the movie ``Disorganized Crime,'' filmed there in 1988. He suffered a heart attack two weeks ago and another during surgery, said Jan Woods, a longtime friend in Nashville, Tenn. He had never fully recovered from a 1996 stroke and used a wheelchair much of the time. Axton also had advanced complications from diabetes.Axton's mother, Mae Boren Axton, had her own spot in popular culture history as the writer of Presley's ``Heartbreak Hotel.'' ``When Mae died three years ago, she left me Hoyt,'' Ms. Woods said. ``He was probably one of the most honest, humorous kids that never grew up.''``There was nobody that didn't like Hoyt,'' said Fran Boyd, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Academy of Country Music. ``Oh God, was he fun.''  Three Dog Night's recording of his novelty ``Joy to the World'' (``Jeremiah was a bullfrog ...'') was on top of the charts for six straight weeks in 1971, making it the top hit of the year. Axton pitched the song to group members when he was their opening act in 1969-70. He also wrote ``Never Been to Spain'' for the band, a song also recorded by Presley. Axton's own singing hits include ``Boney Fingers'' (``Work your fingers to the bone, what do you get? Boney fingers'') and ``When the Morning Comes.''  The native of Duncan, Okla., started out singing folk songs in the clubs of San Francisco in 1958 and a song he co-wrote, ``Greenback Dollar,'' was a 1963 hit for the Kingston Trio. He wrote hits for Starr (``No No Song'') and Steppenwolf (``The Pusher''). Others who performed songs he wrote included Joan Baez, Waylon Jennings, John Denver and Linda Ronstadt.  Steppenwolf's ``The Pusher'' and ``Snowblind Friend'' were rare forays into a more serious theme. ``The Pusher'' was a  powerful, passionate song that condemned drug sellers. And 1975's ``No No Song'' included the lines ``No no no no, I don't sniff it no more. I'm tired of waking up on the floor.'' But in 1997, police found slightly more than a pound of marijuana at Axton's home. Deborah Hawkins, whom Axton wed later that year, said she gave him marijuana because it relieved some of the pain, anxiety and stress he suffered after his stroke, her lawyer said. Axton was given a three-year deferred sentence and fined $15,000 for marijuana possession. Hawkins got a one-year deferred sentence and a $1,000 fine. A large man, Axton as an actor specialized in playing good ol' boys on TV and in films, including ``Gremlins'' and ``The Black Stallion.'' He sang the ``Head to the Mountains'' jingle used to advertise Busch beer in the 1980s. Survivors include Axton's wife and five children. 

LaVern Baker
Rhythm & Blues Pioneer Inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of fame in 1991. During her time at Atlantic Records (1953-62),Baker cut half a dozen singles that rose to high positions on both the pop and R&B charts, including "Tweedle Dee" and "Jim Dandy." Death due to complications of diabetes.

Syd Barrett
Pink Floyd 

Lionel Bart
Birth name Lionel Begleiter.  Date of birth (location) August 1, 1930  Date of death (details)April  3,  1999,  London, England, UK. (Cancer)Composer, The son of a Jewish Tailor in London's working class East  End young Lionel had no formal musical education and never learned musical notation but his music teacher at  school declared him to be a genius. He gained a scholarship to St Martin's School of Art at age 16 and  started work as a set painter in the theatre. When he saw a notice asking for song writers it was to change his life. His new name was inspired on a bus journey past St. Bartholomew's Hospital (affectionately known as Barts).  He wrote his first musical in 1958, Wally Pone of Soho. It was not a success. However, the songs he wrote for the early British rock'n'rollers Tommy Steele (Rock With the Caveman and Little White Bull) and Cliff Richard (Living  Doll - at No. 1 for 6 weeks in 1959) brought Lionel his first  taste of success. His first musical success was with "Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be". By the end of 1959 both "Fings" and "Lock Up Your Daughters" were running successfully in London's West End. In June 1960 he opened "Oliver!" which had been turned down by a dozen  promoters and had to be financed by Bart himself. An immediate hit it received 16 curtain calls on the opening night and had advanced sales of 30,000 in the first week. Oliver! was followed by other fairly successful shows such  as Blitz and Maggie May. Bart was just 30 and earning   16 a minute ! To finance his next musical "Twang!!" (based on the Robin Hood story) he signed away all rights to Oliver! The new show flopped badly and Bart estimated  he lost about 100m in that and in the lost rights to Oliver! He filed for bankruptcy in 1972 with debts of 73,000. By  the late 1970's his heavy drinking had brought on diabetes. He stopped drinking but one third of his liver  had been destroyed. Lionel Bart died aged 68 after suffering cancer for 6 months.
SOURCE: Internet Movie Database

Tony Bennett
grandson has diabetes 

Froebel Astor Brigham
Jazz--Born:1917 native of Magnolia, Arkansas--The leader of The Preservation Band, Brigham performed almost until the time of his death on May 31, 1996.  In 1994 and 1995, The Preservation Band was honored by winning Best Dixieland category at The San Diego Music Awards. Upon his death age 79, his family established the Fro Brigham Preservation Jazz Scholorship to help high school students attend college and study jazz.

Johnny Cash
Country Singer born J.R. Cash in Kingsland,Arkansas on February 26, 1932, Married to June Carter Cash whom he married in 1968. Greatest hits were "Folsom Prison Blues","I Walk the Line" &  "Daddy Sang Bass" "A Boy Named Sue". Has won 8 Grammy awards -- 23 songwriting citations from Broadcast Music, Inc (BMI) -- 43 songs placed on the pop charts --Has Had more than 130 songs placed on the country charts

Carol Channing
Singer/Actress  born Jan 31, 1921 at Seattle, Washington.She made her mark on
 broadway in "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" playing Lorelei Lee. In "Hello Dolly" she played Dolly Gallagher Levi. In 1964 Won Tony Award for Best Actress for Hello Dolly. In 1968 Won Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress for: Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)

Mark Collie
Country Singer Born:January 18, 1956 in Waynesboro TN Married to Anne, one son Nathan. They live in Nashville volunteers a lot of time for the American Diabetes Association.Biggest Hit so far has been Shame, Shame, Shame, Shame 1993. His Fan Club:POB 120311, Nashville, TN 37203 Type 1. Mark Has a NEW Website at

James Conkling
Founder of The National Academy of recording Arts & Sciences, Also was responsible for helping create the Grammys. Died:April 12,1998 in Sacramento,.CA of complications of Pneumonia & diabetes

David Crosby
Singer, Actor, Born:August 14, 1941 Los Angelos, Ca.  Member of  'The Byrds' and 'Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young'. & "Crosby, Stills, & Nash" Married to Jan Dance 1987 was in the Movies--.Thunderheart (1992) Hook (1991)Backdraft (1991)[Actor .... 70's Hippie]

Johnny Darrell
Country singer (1938-1997) Johnny was afflicted with diabetes mellitus at a very young age, which curtailed his days on the road and his lifestyle as a musician.  It curtailed his circulation, his eyesight, and finally his ability to play.  The music stopped.  Johnny made a decision to stop his life support at the age of 59.  He is survived by this wife Jody. Death due to diabetes

Miles Davis
Jazz great, played trumpet and fluegelhorn, had type 2 and was born on January 25, 1926 SOURCE:Christopher Frost 

Eric Dolphy
a jazz musician who was born in Los Angeles in 1928 Eric Dolphy was the first musician to affect the course of jazz on three instruments. The Bass Clarinet, Alto sax, and Flute. He was a virtuoso on each, especially bringing the Bass Clarinet to the forefront of the jazz scene. Death due to diabetes

Momma Cass Elliot
 Singer born Naomi Ellen Cohen on September 19, 1941 in Baltimore, Maryland. Sang with "Mama's & The Papa's" who's hits include Monday,Monday,"  California Dreamin'," I Saw Her Again," and "Dedicated to the One I Love." Cass had one daughter Owen Vanessa .Cass was married twice, first(1963-68) Jim Hendricks and second to Baron Donald von Weidenman (1972).Death due to a heart attack on July 29, 1974 in London

Ron Elliott
Rock Singer BEAU BRUMMELS.guitar; Albums: Beau Brummels 1966; Best of Beau Brummels, 1967; Bradley s Barn, 1967; Triangle. Sixties San Francisco band . "Laugh Laugh" and "Just a Little" are two of their best known songs.

Freddy Fender -- Country Singer, Actor Born: 4 June 1937,in San Benito, Texas, USA. Real name Huerta Baldemar Most famous song is "When The Last Teardrop Falls"-Was in the Movie--Milagro Beanfield War(1988)

Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Legend Singer Born:25 April 1918, Newport News,Va. DIED: 15 June 1996, Beverly Hills, California, USA Nickname First Lady Of Song.With an output of more than 200 albums,she won 13 Grammy awards which are more than any other jazz performer, including Best Female Vocalist award three years in a row. Her last few years, including  a bout with congestive heart failure and bilateral amputation of her  legs from complications of diabetes, were spent in seclusion.

Mick Fleetwood
'70s Rock Singer, "Fleetwood Mac" Michael John Kells Fleetwood was born on June 24, 1947 in Redruth, England  He opened "Fleetwood's Nightclub" in 1991  Has been married a few times most recently He married Lynn Frankel on July 26, 1995 in New York. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 12, 1998 Mild case of Diabetes

Melvin Franklin
Bass, "The Temptations" Biggest Hits were "The Way You Do The Things You Do",  "My Girl" DIED:February 23, 1995, after suffering a brain seizure

Jerry Garcia
Lead Singer, "The Grateful Dead" Real name Jerome John Garcia BORN:1 August 1942, San Francisco, California, USA. DIED:9 August 1995, Forest Knolls CA, USA. (heart attack) Nickname The Fat Man  Spouses: 'Carolyn Adams Garcia',Manasha Matheson',& Deborah Koons Garcia',Whom he was married to at the time of his  death

 Dizzy Gillespie
Jazz Pioneer,Played the trumpet. Real name John Birks Gillespie BORN:1917, Cheraw, South Carolina, USA one of the founders of the bebop jazz style. His nickname is said  to have come from his wild playing and facial expressions. DIED: 6 January 1993, Englewood, New Jersey, USA. (pancreatic cancer)

Eddie Grady
Musician,Drummer with the BigBand Eddie Grady and the Commanders

Dave Gregory
Alternative Rocker, "XTC" keyboards, guitar,backing vocals Biggest hit's were  "Dear God" & "Making Plans For Nigel" Dave is a Wiltshire England native.

Al Grey
NEWS:March 24,2000
Al Grey, a prolific jazz trombonist whose unique plunger-mute style  was recorded on nearly 100 albums, died Friday. He was 74 and had suffered from  several ailments, including diabetes.  While musicians don't like to compare themselves to one another, bass player Milt  Hinton, who gained fame as part of the Cab Calloway Band, said Grey was certainly  among the best of his generation.  Grey played with a litany of jazz's elite during his career, including Benny Carter,  Frank Sinatra, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald.  His sound was marked by his use of the plunger mute, a  technique on which he wrote a book.   Grey joined Count Basie in 1957 and played with him on three separate occasions, the last from 1971 to 1977.  In all, he recorded nearly 30 albums of his own and appeared on another 70 records.  Among them was the Grammy-nominated movie soundtrack for ``The Color Purple.''  Grey was born on June 6, 1925, in Aldie, Va. He learned to play trombone from his  father, who taught a neighborhood youth band in Pottstown, Penn., said his son Albert  Jr.  Later, the jazz trombonist followed in his father's footsteps, teaching children in his  Philadelphia neighborhood between gigs.  ``With him, he just enjoyed playing,'' Albert Jr. said. ``He wasn't always about getting  paid. He would just come in. If he knew some other players in a club, he would just  pull out his horn and play.'' 

Gene Harris
Grammy-nominated jazz pianist  who had been awaiting a kidney  transplant, died at his home Sunday January 16,2000. He was 66.  Harris was due for transplant surgery last summer because of kidney failure caused by diabetes. His  daughter planned to donate a kidney, but could not because of illness.  Harris, who had maintained a busy schedule recording and touring both nationally and internationally, began  performing at the age of six. A native of Benton Harbor, Mich., Harris formed the Three Sounds in 1956 and  within two years secured a record contract in New York.   Harris' piano stylings made the Three Sounds one of the most popular 1960's jazz groups.  Harris moved to Boise in 1977 where he became musical director for a hotel, and he continued recording,  eventually joining Ray Brown's Trio.  Harris was nominated for a Grammy four years ago. 

Lee Hays
Folk Song Composer "The Weavers" group ,Lee played with Ronnie Gilbert,Fred Hellerman Pete Seeger Biggest Hits were "Goodnight Irene" and "On Top of Old Smoky

James Hill
NEWS:July 07,2000
Baritone singer James Hill, of the prominent gospelgroup the Fairfield Four, died on Thursday here at Baptist Hospital of complications from diabetes. He was 83.  Hill, a native of Bessemer, Ala., joined the Fairfield Four in 1946. The group, which had been formed in 1921, disbanded in 1950, and Hill and another member, Isaac Freeman, joined the Skylarks. Hill and Freeman rejoined the reunited Fairfield Four in 1980 and, since then, had  performed and recorded with numerous country, gospel, rock and pop stars. Hill, who also helped run the Fairfield Four Funeral Home in Nashville  in the 1940s and who was a sheriff's deputy and police officer here, also appeared in Robert Altman's film Nashville.  The group toured with Lyle Lovett and was a mainstay at Nashville musical functions, wearing their trademark overalls with tuxedo shirts and jackets. They traveled widely, appearing at a salute to Johnny Cash in 1999 in New York. The group recently released the album The Fairfield Four and Friends — Live From Mountain Stage on Nashville's Blue Plate records. Friends appearing on the album are Kevin Welch, Elvis Costello, Lee Roy Parnell, Steve Earle and the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Funeral arrangements are pending. His list of survivors is to be announced. Freeman said  remaining members of the group would meet to decide whether to continue.

Greg Keelor
Lead Singer of Blue Rodeo--Canadian Alternative Counrty-Rock Band 

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Asian Singer born on 10-13-48-- in Faisalabad DIED:August 16, 1997 in London, England.

B.B. King
Rhythm & Blues Legend

Mahalia Jackson

Waylon Jennings
Country Singer and Songwriter. Born in Littlefield, Texas, in 1937, Jennings began his music
career as a disc jockey in  Lubbock., His long list of hits includes ``Good Hearted Woman'' and  ``Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys,'' a duet with Willie Nelson.  Waylon Jennings walks with a cane. He has a bad back and heart  trouble, and his feet and hands sometimes hurt from a diabetic illness. 

Gladys Knights Family Gladys Knight
Gladys Mother Elizabeth Knight died December 98 from complications of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes runs in Gladys Knight's  family. Her brother David and cousin Edward Patten, one of the "Pips," also  have type 2 diabetes. Gladys has established The Elizabeth Knight Fund. The  money raised through the American Diabetes Association Elizabeth Knight Fund will be used to  support diabetes research and awareness programs in communities across the country. Click here to make your donation part of the American Diabetes Association Elizabeth Knight Fund. 

Patti LaBelle
Singer, Actress Born 24 May 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Non-Insulin Dependent Type 2

Peggy Lee
Singer, Actress,Real name Norma Delores Egstrom Born: 26 May 1920, Jamestown, ND

Tommy Lee

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Broadway Musical Composer

Gloria Loring's--son Brennan Thicke
Actress, Singer Played Liz Chandler on "Days Of Our Lives" Divorced from Alan Thicke of "Growing Pains Author of THE KIDS, FOOD AND DIABETES FAMILY COOKBOOK,PARENTING A DIABETIC CHILD,PARENTING A DIABETIC CHILD - THE VIDEO Gloria's son Brennan is a Diabetic Brennan is studying film in college Gloria She serves on the board of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Association Brennan is  Insulin dependent TYPE 1 Juvenille

Oliver"Mooney" Lynn -- Husband of Loretta Lynn
Country & Western Singer Moonet had both feet amputated in 1996 Died" 8-22-1996 Death due to diabetes Complications

Curtis Mayfield
ACTOR:COMPOSER:MUSICIAN: Date of birth (location) 3 June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA  Date of death (details)  26 December 1999, Roswell, Georgia, USA. (complications of diabetes)Rhythm and blues performer/songwriter credited with defining 1960's Chicago sound in hits like "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman." His style  influenced other artists from pop to hip hop. Has been a quadriplegic ever  since he was struck by lighting rig during outdoor concert in New York, 1990. Member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose 1968 hit "We're A Winner, " became a civil rights anthem. Two-time Grammy winner whose "Superfly" soundtrack sold more than 4 million copies. Chicago soul legend Curtis Mayfield had his right leg amputated below the knee on June19th,1999. 

Les McCann
soul-jazz keyboardist/singer, perhaps best known for the best-selling 1970 live-at-Montreaux album Swiss Movement, His his right side is paralyzed as a result of a stroke which was due to  diabetes complications -

John Marshall
guitar player for the band Metal  Church. He  is an insulin dependent diabetic. 

Curtis Mayfield
Soul singer and songwriter Curtis Mayfield, whose work introduced a social  conscience into black music at the height of the civil rights movement and who continued to  make music for a decade after an accident left him paralyzed, died Sunday Dec.26,1999. He was 57.  Mayfield's string of hits included ``Gypsy Woman,'' the gospel-tinged ``People Get Ready,''  the rallying cry ``Keep On Pushing'' and the funk classic ``Superfly.''  The cause of his death was not released.  An onstage accident in 1990 left Mayfield paralyzed from the neck down, a condition that  caused his health to deteriorate in recent years. Doctors amputated his right leg last year  because of diabetes brought on by the injury.  Mayfield was too ill to attend a March ceremony in which he was inducted him into the Rock  and Roll Hall of Fame. He became a Grammy Legend Award winner in 1994 and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner the next year.   In a 1996 interview with The Associated Press, Mayfield said he was happy his songs had   touched so many people. `I wrote them for myself,'' he said. ``Being a young black man, observing and sensing the  need for race equality and women's rights, I wrote about what was important
to me.'' 

Bret Michaels
March 15,1963
Heavy Metal Rocker, "Poison"
Lyricist, Actor, Screen Play Writer, Producer, Director
He was diagnosed at the age of 6 and learned to give his own shots at the age of 10.He passed out from an insulin reaction at a concert one night, in front of 20,000 people at Madison Square garden. The group POISON had been celebrating the success of it's 1st album, and michaels was suffering from a hangover and was unable to eat after taking his insulin.   One the road in Maine, a hotel maid pricked her finger on one of his discarded needles. She called the police, who arrested Michaels as a suspected heroin addict. His tour manager brought Michaels insulin supplies and blood- testing kit over to the station, and he was released just in time to make his concert appearance. Julia sent this info she got the Bio from a book called  Diseases and People  DIABETES. By Alvin, Virginia, and Robert Silverstein.
Insulin dependent TYPE 1 Juvenile

Milton Nascimento
Brazilian singer Nascimento's album Angelus was nominated for a Grammy award in 1995. He appeared on Paul Simon's 1990 album The Rhythm of the Saints. Non-Insulin Dependent Type 2 

Elizabeth Knight
Gladys Knights Mother, has worked with the American Diabetes Association

Ave Ninchi
Actress,BORN:14 December 1915, Ancona, Italy DIED:10 November 1997, Trieste, Italy. Appeared in over 40 Motion Picture films mainly Italian ones.(diabetes)

Simon Nkabinde
NEWS:Friday July 30 9:55 AM ET
Nkabinde,a singer who became a legend in South Africa while popularizing Zulu music internationally, has died after a long illness. He was 61. Nkabinde, better known as Mahlathini, was the gravel-voiced lead singer for his group, Mahlathini and the Mhaotella Queens. He had performed his music alongside such internationally known artists as Stevie Wonder and Sting. Gallo Music Co. announced Nkabinde's death this morning and said that he had been ill for some time with diabetes. He died Wednesday. Nkabinde grew up in a township in Johannesburg and began singing at an early age, performing at weddings and parties. He began his association with Gallo Music in the 1960s and, in the 1970s, popularized Mbaqanga music, a fusion of dominant African rhythms, pop and jazz that started in the black township of Soweto outside Johannesburg. President Thabo Mbeki said today that Nkabinde's death was a tragic loss and paid tribute to his contribution to South African culture. The president said Nkabinde would always be remembered through his music. Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens produced hit after hit in the '60s and '70s and became one of the most popular bands in Africa. The group was often regarded as South Africa's first superband. The group disbanded in the late '70s but reformed to record the hit Yebo in 1984. Mbeki's office called Nkabinde a legend in South African music and culture who was seminal in the development of indigenous music. Nkabinde's death comes at a time when Mbaqanga music is experiencing a revival, with pop groups remixing it in various forms. 

Jabu Nkosi
a jazz keyboardist who played with such luminaries as Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte, has died at age 46 (1999). Nkosi, who had high blood pressure, diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver, died of heart failure. The son of legendary alto sax and clarinet player Zakes Nkosi, Jabu Nkosi left school at an early age and began performing jazz with friends and family. He never learned to read music but amazed fellow musicians with his intuitive grasp of harmony and other concepts. Nkosi's keyboard style was characterized by an infinite delicacy and his ability to improvise.Nkosi was frequently hospitalized the last two years, which limited his performances and his financial resources. He lived in the black township of Alexandra near Johannesburg, unable to afford electricity, and his last months were lonely ones. He never married but is survived by four sons.

Earl Petty
The father of rock star Tom Petty, died Dec 10,1999 after a long  history of illness. He was 75.  Petty, a retired insurance man, suffered from diabetes, emphysema and other ailments.  A native of Bronson, he was an Air Force groundsman in Egypt during World War II. After the  war, he returned to Gainesville where he went to work as a truck driver. 

Elvis Presley
1935-1977 "The King of Rock & Roll",Singer/Actor/Legend

Giacomo Puccini
Opera Composer, "La Bohem"

a new rock band consisting of 4 girls aged 12-15. The girls, who are all from Southern California, sing about boys, love, dancing and overcoming challenges. They all have Juvenile Diabetes. One of their goals is to motivate other teens to deal with the challenges of the disease successfully.The girls will launch "The Pump Girls Whirl Tour", a multi-city tour to introduce their  new CD and to raise awareness for teens living with diabetes. Part of the proceeds from the sale of their CD will go to a special "Pump for a Better Life" Fund which will assist children around the world in need of insulin pump therapy.Submitted by Bari Baker

Musician from a Tribe Called Quest  Submitted by BG10438 

Johnnie Ray
(singer) Born Jan 10, 1927. DIED:Feb 24, 1990. Diabetes/liver failure 

Anthony "TO-ZE" Santos
  Musician & Singer with the Band BLUNDER From OPorto,Portugal Was diagnosed a Diabetic on August, 25th, 1998 Takes Insulin (Actrapid, Insulatard) Anthony is the Singer from a popular rock band in Portugal. It is called BLUNDER and they have made it to the charts. Blunder has  been appearing on TV now more than ever. They are hoping to make it to America quickly.When Anthony  was diagnosed he thought his career as singer would be ended.His blood glucose on 550. Blunder is now preparing to get signed by a Major record label  in Portugal. Anthony would Love to hear from you. You can email him at 
blunder@mail.pt Or Visit his website at  http://welcome.to/blunder which has songs and videos.  Anthony has  appeared in nearly 200 photos in concert and studio. Blunder performs 3 to 4 shows every week (with nearly 120 minutes each).No one has  diabetes in the family. 

 Walter Settles
Gospel singer former lead singer with the award-winning Fairfield Four a cappella group. Settles, 71, died Sunday  April 25, 1999 at Baptist Hospital in Nashville from complications related to a stroke and diabetes.

Gloria Sher
Broadway Producer

Alan Silvestri
Academy Award Nominated Composer, son Joey --diabetic

Kate Smith
Singer,Actress Real name Kathryn Elizabeth Smith BORN:1 May 1909, Greenville, VA DIED: 17 June 1986.  (complications of diabetes) Her biggest hit as a singer was GOD Bless America 

Hal Southern
ACTOR:COMPOSER: Date of birth (location)  c. 1919   Date of death (details) 15 July 1998, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. (diabetes complications)

Arne Stivell
Actor, composer, director, writer, producer: Birth name Arne Svensson  Date of birth (location) 3 August 1926  Date of death (details)  July 1997. (diabetes complications) 

Clark Terry
Clark Terryjazz trumpeter, born 14 Dec. 1920 in St. Louis, Mo. Played in the orchestras of Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet and Count Basie before joining Duke Ellington in 1951 for a long engagement. Later played with Quincy Jones before settling in New York as a staff musician with NBC. Also managed his own jazz orchestra in the 60's and 70's. Evolved his own style to become one of the most distinctive trumpet voices in jazz. Has continued his career as a headline performer and is very active at major jazz festivals and club engagements to this day.SOURCE: Ray Martin 

Tiny Tim
Real name Herbert Buchingham Kauhry  -- 1960's Singer, BORN: 12 April 1925, New York, New York, USA. DIED:30 November 1996, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. (cardiac arrest) Spouse 'Vicki Budinger'  Whom Tiny Married on The TONIGHT SHOW On 17 December 1969 -(divorced) 1977) "Tiptoe Through The Tulips"

Luther Vandross
SINGER,Born on New York's Lower East Side, Luther began playing piano at age three; "Here and Now," which reached the pop Top 10 in 1989 and has lived on as a wedding song staple. The momentum continued with  more Top 10s. "Power Of Love/ Love Power," "Don't Wanna Be a Fool" (both 1991) and his 1994 duet with Mariah Carey, "Endless Love" (a #2 pop smash)

Albert Washington
Blues guitarist.  Washington was heavily influenced by gospel and B.B. King and combined gospel style singning with pounding blues riffs. He died of Diabetes Complications.He was 59. 

Don Walzer
well-known country musician and singer in Austin Texas

Ethel Waters
Singer/Actress first African-American star of a national radio show. Born:31Oct 1896, Chester-Pennsylvania Died:1 Sept1977 Death due to (heart disease)

Leslie West
Rock Singer"Mississippi  Queen"

Little Roy WigginsLittle Roy Wiggins
NEWS:August 5,1999 Played steel guitar for Eddy Arnold, has died at age 73.Sitting in on the original Arnold hit "Cattle Call" in 1944 in Nashville, Wiggins began a life-long career playing what music fans called "the crying steel guitar." The cause of death is unknown but Wiggins suffered from diabetes and heart disease. 

Marion Williams
Gospel Singer "Ward Singers"

Vanessa L. Williams GRANDMA
 Vanessa's Grandma had  Diabetes and Died of Complications due to a stroke.
Vanessa is a well known Singer and Actress and was also Miss America. Real name Vanessa Lynn Williams,Date of birth (location)18 March 1963,Tarrytown, New York, USA. 

Trisha Yearwood's FATHER
country Singer "How Can I Live Without You" Theme song to the Movie "Con Air"

Neil Young
Rock Singer