Chinese military leader Mao Zedong died from ALS in 1976.
American blues musician Huddie Ledbetter died from ALS in 1949.
American jazz bassist Charles Mingus died from ALS in 1979.
American actor Lane Smith died from ALS in 2005.
Academy-Award winning English actor David Niven died from ALS in 1983.
Football player Don Revie died from ALS in 1989.
American metal guitarist Jason Becker was diagnosed with ALS when he was 20.
United States Navy Pilot Dieter Dengler died of ALS in 2001.
Mathematician Fokko du Cloux died of ALS in 2006.
British musicologist Stanley Sadie died of ALS in 2005. British musician
Hans Keller died of ALS in 1985.
- Obviously the number one famous person that was the first person to get ALS was Lou Gehrig, who died from the disease in 1941.
- Professor Stephen Hawking also has ALS, and was diagnosed when he was 21.
Steven Hawking and Lou Gehrig