Stephen Darby: Motor Neurone Disease

Professional footballer Stephen Darby has announced his early retirement from the sport after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 29.The Bolton full-back, who last played for the EFL Championship club in December 2017, is passionate about football. He joined Liverpool FC in 2006, at the age of 18, after successfully working his way up through the club's academy, playing in their triumphant FA Youth Cup team in 2006 and 2007.The Maghull-born player has enjoyed a long... more

Glen Campbell

American entertainer, Glen Campbell, was a singer-songwriter who sold more than 45 million records worldwide – he went on to become a successful television presenter. When he was diagnosed as having Alzheimer’s in 2010, he was always very open about it, even making a documentary to help other people living with the condition.Campbell was born in 1936, in the small community of Billstown, in Arkansas. The seventh son of 12 children, his parents John and Carrie were farmers, scraping... more

Frédéric Chopin

Scientists have been trying to solve a 169-year-old mystery surrounding the cause of Polish composer Frédéric Chopin's untimely death at the age of 39.He was described as having a poetic genius combined with a professional technique that was unequalled in his generation. The Warsaw-born composer has attained legendary status in the years since his death in 1849.His life was cut tragically short after he had shown signs of serious illness, which modern-day doctors now believe may... more

Gary Numan and Asperger’s

Gary Numan has been at the forefront of the British music industry for 40 years - an innovator who found fame with his pioneering synthesiser sound at the very start of the new wave era.After being diagnosed as having Asperger's syndrome as a young man, the star has attributed much of his success to the fact that it makes him look at the world in a different way.His positive outlook on his life and condition has been an inspiration to other people with Asperger's, especially since he... more

Asperger’s: The Love of Animals

People with Asperger’s syndrome often tend to bond more easily with animals than they do with people. Medical research has shown that pets can be highly beneficial for children with Asperger's, as an animal gives affection unconditionally, is non-judgmental and provides emotional and physical therapy.Austrian paediatrician and medical professor Hans Asperger wrote the first definition of Asperger's syndrome in 1944. He noted symptoms such as a limited ability to form friendships, a lack... more

Bobby Vee

American singer Bobby Vee was just 15 years old when a tragic accident led to the sudden launch of his career as a rock 'n' roll legend. The teenager was vocalist with a band, the Shadows, when three of his idols - Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, alias Jiles Perry Richardson - died in a plane crash in 1959.Their pilot, Roger Peterson, was flying them to a show when their plane crashed near Clear Lake in Iowa, on 3rd February. All four died after the aircraft took off from... more

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