Sunday, June 6, 2010
RICHARD BURTON AND HIS BLEEDING DISORDER
Richard Burton had more pressing medical problems than his hemophilia. Drinking and smoking adversely affected his liver and lungs, and he also suffered from epilepsy and acne. He blamed his arthritis on neck and back injuries from playing rugby as a youth, and on the "weak Jenkins bones." . For some reason, perhaps the for fear of being stigmatized, the role of hemophilia in Richard Burton's life never reached center stage.
He died of a brain hemorrhage in 1984.