16. Adam Goldstein
Adam Goldstein, aka DJ AM, underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003. He lost over 100 pounds in the first year. He later died of an accidental drug overdose.
Age: Died at 36 (1973-2009)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17. Ann Wilson
Lead singer of Heart, Ann Wilson had Lap-Band surgery in 2002. She said that the pressure to get thin used to cause her to have panic attacks before going on stage to perform.
Birthplace: San Diego, California
18. Diego Maradona
Retired professional soccer player Diego Maradona underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2005.
Birthplace: Lanús, Argentina
19. Paul Wall
Rapper Paul Wall had a gastric sleeve procedure in 2010. He shed 130 pounds.
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
20. Charlie Weis
College football coach Charlie Weis underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002. After the procedure, Weis fell into coma with complications threatening his life and later sued his surgeons.
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey
21. William Moody
Wrestling hypeman William Moody, aka Paul Bearer, underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003. He lost over 200 pounds as a result of the procedure. He later died of a heart attack.
Age: Died at 58 (1954-2013)
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama
22. Etta James
Singer Etta James underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003. After the surgery, James stated that she had trouble keeping food down. She said, “I went through a depression. You’re doing well, and then all of a sudden you’re not. I thought I was going to fail.” After seeing the scale continuously drop, James felt a wave of success that motivated her to keep the weight off.
Age: Died at 73 (1938-2012)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
23. Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. underwent bariatric surgery in 2004. Jackson is rumored to have had a duodenal switch medical procedure to help with his weight.
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina,
24. Jennifer Holliday
Singer Jennifer Holliday was one of the first celebrities to try gastric bypass surgery when she underwent the procedure in 1990. Her mental and physical health were the motivating factors in Holliday’s decision to go under the knife.
Birthplace: Riverside, Texas
25. Deborah Voigt
Opera singer Deborah Voigt had gastric bypass surgery in 2004, after she could not fit into an essential costume while performing at the at Royal Opera House that same year.
Birthplace: Wheeling, Illinois
26. John Daly
Pro golfer John Daly underwent a Lap-Band procedure in 2008. The procedure briefly helped Daly’s golf game, but soon enough he felt that he had lost muscle amongst the weight loss.
Birthplace: Carmichael, California