A posting in ProMED mentions the recent bout of malaria suffered by singer Cheryl Cole. Malaria is included among the medical conditions of only 145 /19,465 famous patients reviewed by VIPatients.* The disease accounted for only 50 of 17,398 fatal conditions in this population. Seven popular musicians and actors are known to have suffered from malaria: Michael Caine, George Clooney, Al Jolson, Audie Murphy, Cheryl Cole, Errol Flynn and Juma Santos. Santos died of the disease in 2007.
* VIPatients, an interactive IPhone / Android application maintained by Dr. Berger, follows the diseases and deaths of all famous persons throughout history