COPD is a disease of the lung which can make breathing more difficult. It usually develops later in life as the result of frequent lung damage (often, but not always, from smoking).

More than 11 million people in the US have been diagnosed with COPD, but millions more may have it. Below are just a few of the celebrities who developed the disease.

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Dean Martin

Actor, singer, and all around entertainer Dean Martin was often seen smoking cigarettes during his act. He was a member of the influential "Rat Pack," a group of 1960's entertainers that included Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Dean Martin was called the "King of Cool" in his singing days, but worked many jobs before he took up the stage: he was a bootlegger, croupier, blackjack dealer, steel mill worker, and even boxer. In the end, Martin's smoking got the better of him. He eventually developed emphysema, one of the main conditions of COPD.

 

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Johnny Carson

Johnny Carson was the host of the Tonight Show for 30 years, and his work still inspires entertainment today. Like Dean Martin, he was known for his casual, friendly attitude and was often seen smoking. While cigarettes were part of Carson's laid-back image, he eventually blamed them for his death. Carson developed emphysema later in life, and eventually died from the disease.

 

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Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein is one of the most famous and talented composers in the history of American Music. He wrote music for West Side Story, Candid, On the Town, and many other shows. Among his many honors, he was chosen to conduct the nationally televised "Resurrection Symphony" the day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Bernstein was a lifelong smoker, and developed COPD later in life. He died at the age of 50 after incredible contributions to the world of music.

 

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Leonard Nimoy

"Live long and prosper." Leonard Nimoy was an American actor, author, and director best know for playing Spock in Star Trek. Nimoy instantly became a beloved figure thanks to this role. He was well known for attending conventions, speaking about his experiences, and using his platform to do good. In 2014, Nimoy revealed that he had developed COPD from the cigarettes he had given up 30 years prior. His death in 2015 was memorialized by astronauts, the president, the department of defense, and thousands if not millions of loving fans.

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