Sick Celebrities


Grizz Chapman gets new lease on life with kidney transplant


Grizz Chapmen, the 30’s Rock star who had a kidney transplant after he was diagnosed with kidney failure two years ago, has a new zest for life . According to, the actor feels grateful to have another ‘chance at life’ and has started to live a fuller life.

“When you go through something like, you learn to appreciate little things – the birds, trees, flowers,” he was quoted as saying . The 36-year-old star went on to say, “I pay attention to everything now – the taste of bread, the taste of water. It all feels different now.”

As reported by, the actor suffered from hypertension for a long time, which led to his kidney.failure in 2008. The body guard turned TV star says that he was scared of dying. Grizz Chapmen, who weighed in at a whopping 505 lbs. had to shed 160 lbs. in order to be eligible for a kidney transplant.

“I didn’t want to die, I wanted to live. I wanted to be with my family and wanted to see my 11-year-old son grow up.”

He explained that the man who came forward to donate a kidney was not even a fan of 30’s Rock, he didn’t even watch it, and that he was going to donate regardless.

In the months since the transplant the two men have developed a close bond and are in regular contact.

Other celebrities who suffered from kidney problems include Natalie Cole.

Read here about how gene discovery could put an end to kidney problems.

For further info about kidney disease and organ donation, go to the National Kidney Foundation Web site.

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