Who Are Some Famous People Who Have Schizophrenia?


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Some famous people with schizophrenia include musician Roky Erickson and Broadway star Meera Popkin. These stars struggled with schizophrenia throughout their lives but made comebacks after receiving proper treatment.

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Texas-born Roky Erickson was the singer for legendary 1960s psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators, but a schizophrenia diagnosis and drug-possession charges forced him into a mental hospital in 1969. After struggling with poor management and mental health issues for decades, Erickson eventually returned to critical and commercial success in the 2000s, performing with popular modern bands including Mogwai and Okkervil River.

Meera Popkin starred in both “Cats” and “Miss Saigon” in the 1990s, emerging as one of Broadway’s rising stars. However, a schizophrenia diagnosis forced her to halt her career and return to her hometown in Indiana, where she ended up working at a Wendy’s. Popkin found proper treatment, however, and a West London theater company even wrote a musical about her life.

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