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Famous Lupus Patient: Ferdinand Marcos

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Updated August 11, 2008

Born in 1917, Ferdinand Marcos would grow up to become President of the Philippines in 1965. He would remain president for 21 years. While lauded for his talent in infrastructure development and international diplomacy, his government is widely known for being corrupt and in violation of several human rights. He was removed from power in 1986.

It was during his third term that it was discovered Marcos suffered from lupus. His health had been deteriorating and his government was trying its best to keep it quiet, fearing questions of his ability to govern.

After his overthrow, Marcos went into exile in Hawaii, dying in 1989 from kidney, heart and lung complications.

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