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Notable People Who Died of Lung Cancer
Yahoo News/AP ^ | 8/9/2005 | Yahoo News/AP

Posted on 08/10/2005 6:45:51 AM PDT by Mike Bates

A select list of notable people who've died of lung cancer over the years:

Aug. 7: ABC anchorman Peter Jennings, 67.

July 1: Renaldo "Obie" Benson, 69, member of the legendary Motown singing group the Four Tops.

May 9, 2004: Comedian Alan King, 76.

Jan. 22, 2004: Dancer-actress Ann Miller, 81.

Sept. 8, 2003: Singer-songwriter Warren Zevon, 56.

Oct. 13, 2002: Best-selling author/historian Stephen Ambrose,66.

June 29, 2002: Singer Rosemary Clooney, 74.

Oct. 16, 2001: Jazz singer Etta Jones, 72 (and breast cancer).

June 18, 2000: Actress Nancy Marchand, 71, who played the matriarch of a Mafia family on "The Sopranos" and the patrician publisher Mrs. Pynchon on "Lou Grant."

March 25, 1999: Baseball coach Cal Ripken Sr., 63.

March 8, 1999: Baseball great Joe DiMaggio, 84.

Feb. 6, 1998: Beach Boy guitarist Carl Wilson, 51.

July 1, 1997: Actor Robert Mitchum, 79.

Feb. 3, 1996: Audrey Meadows, 70, famous for her role as Alice Kramden in the TV comedy "The Honeymooners."

March 6, 1994: Actress Melina Mercouri, 68, best known for her role was as a prostitute in the 1960 film "Never on Sunday."

Oct. 25, 1993: Actor Vincent Price, 82, known for horror movie roles.

June 22, 1993: Pat Nixon, 81, wife of former President Richard M. Nixon.

Oct. 5, 1992: Eddie Kendricks, 52, one of The Temptations' original members.

Nov. 10, 1992: Actor Chuck Connors, 71, best known for TV show "The Rifleman."

Feb. 2, 1992: Bert Parks, 77, best known as master of ceremonies for the Miss America beauty pageant.

July 2, 1991: Actress Lee Remick, 55.

April 4, 1990: Jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, 76.

June 10, 1988: Popular western writer Louis L'Amour, 80.

Aug. 2, 1988: Short story writer Raymond Carver, 50.

April 11, 1987: Writer Erskine Caldwell, 83.

March 21, 1987: Actor Robert Preston, 68, best known for his role as Professor Harold Hill in the stage and film versions of "The Music Man."

Dec. 2, 1986: Desi Arnaz, 69, best remembered for starring with Lucille Ball in "I Love Lucy."

Oct. 25, 1986: Actor Forrest Tucker, 67, best known for his portrayal of Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke in the popular "F Troop" TV series of the 1960s.

June 14, 1986: Composer Alan Jay Lerner, 67, best known, with Frederick Loewe, for musicals "My Fair Lady," "Camelot" and "Paint Your Wagon."

Oct. 10, 1985: Yul Brynner, 65, best known for his portrayal of the king in "The King and I."

May 16, 1984: Comedian/actor Andy Kaufman, 35, known for his role of auto mechanic Latka Gravas in sitcom "Taxi." The Jim Carrey movie "Man on the Moon" was based on him.

March 31, 1980: Jesse Owens, 66, Olympic gold medal winner in track.

May 24, 1974: Jazz great/bandleader Duke Ellington, 75.

April 30, 1974: Actress Agnes Moorehead, 73.

June 8, 1969: Actor Robert Taylor, 57.

Feb. 1, 1966: Comedian/actor/director Buster Keaton, 70.

April 25, 1965: CBS newscaster Edward R. Murrow, 57. (Always a heavy smoker, Murrow had investigated the connection between cigarettes and cancer for his news show "See It Now.")

Feb. 15, 1965: Singer Nat King Cole, 47.

Jan. 10, 1961: Writer Dashiell Hammett, 65.


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Reference; Society
KEYWORDS: cancer; chewingtobacco; cigarettes; cigars; smoking; tobacco
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Some on this listing perhaps shouldn't be included. Lee Remick, for example, was originally reported to have died of kidney cancer. But I'm sure the MSM wouldn't mislead us.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

1 posted on 08/10/2005 6:45:56 AM PDT by Mike Bates
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To: Mike Bates

Everyone who has ever taken a breath has died. That's a 100% kill rate.


2 posted on 08/10/2005 6:49:22 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: Mike Bates

Did you hear on the news this morning that Dana Reeve (Christopher Reeves widow) has been diagnosed with lung cancer, never smoked.

Becky


3 posted on 08/10/2005 6:49:35 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain (Don't be afraid to try: Remember, the ark was built by amateur's, and the Titanic by professionals.)
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To: PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain

Yes, and I understand a large percentage (75%) of people who don't smoke yet get lung cancer are women.


4 posted on 08/10/2005 6:52:18 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

..my mother, 72; Oat cell she fought bravely for 2-1/2 years


5 posted on 08/10/2005 6:53:27 AM PDT by steve8714
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To: cripplecreek

It is never if; it is only how and when. ;-)


6 posted on 08/10/2005 6:54:27 AM PDT by verity (Big Dick Durbin is still a POS)
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To: Mike Bates

I'm so glad I quit two weeks ago. Now I don't have to get lectured by everyone about what's in my best interest.

Wasn't there a study done about the risk of cell-phones and brain cancer? Off to google I go...


7 posted on 08/10/2005 6:57:59 AM PDT by Woman on Caroline Street (I'm not a canned good. Please don't label me.)
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To: Mike Bates

Didn't Johnny Carson die of lung cancer?


8 posted on 08/10/2005 6:59:32 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT!!!!! IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: Woman on Caroline Street
Wasn't there a study done about the risk of cell-phones and brain cancer?

Valid studies I'm unaware of, but there have been lawsuits. Of course, there always are because we have so many shysters in need of employment:

9 posted on 08/10/2005 7:00:31 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: NCC-1701

Thought that was emphysema.


10 posted on 08/10/2005 7:02:22 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

I LOVE that pic! Will have to save it... I's too funny.


11 posted on 08/10/2005 7:02:53 AM PDT by demkicker (A skunk sat on a stump; the stump thunk the skunk stunk; the skunk thunk the stump stunk.)
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To: Mike Bates

FWIW:

There are 39 people on the list above.
19 were age 70 or older.
20 were age 69 or younger.

Something's going to kill you in the end.
In addition, some on list (Andy Kaufman, for example) died very young, but never smoked.

Cigarettes are bad. Lung Cancer is terrible. All deaths are tragic. But the MSM wants us to believe that cigarettes are a greater evil than they are.


12 posted on 08/10/2005 7:03:13 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: demkicker
You know, sometimes I actually miss those guys. Whatta pair.
13 posted on 08/10/2005 7:04:09 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

What about John Wayne and Johnny Carson?


14 posted on 08/10/2005 7:04:50 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Err America: It's for, ah, no, wait, FROM the children.)
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To: steve8714
My mother in law, Oat cell carcinoma, died age 68. She smoked unfiltered Camels all her life until 5 years before she died. We were told that Oat cell is 'almost' always the result of smoking. I guess your mother was one of the few 'almosts'.
15 posted on 08/10/2005 7:07:14 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: ClearCase_guy

I should have double checked my work. 21 were on the young side, 18 were older. In my book, if you make it into your 70's, you're doing OK.


16 posted on 08/10/2005 7:07:45 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Mike Bates

mark


17 posted on 08/10/2005 7:07:52 AM PDT by txrangerette
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To: alwaysconservative

I think John Wayne was a lung cancer survivor (had part of one removed, as I recall), but died of stomach cancer.


18 posted on 08/10/2005 7:09:21 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

I just remember those commercials he taped to be played after his death about how smoking was the reason he died. Or am I remembering this wrong (not unheard of, LOL!)?


19 posted on 08/10/2005 7:12:27 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Err America: It's for, ah, no, wait, FROM the children.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

70's is still too young these days, IMO.


20 posted on 08/10/2005 7:15:52 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Err America: It's for, ah, no, wait, FROM the children.)
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To: alwaysconservative
I recall commercials like that being run after Yul Brynner's death, but not John Wayne.

From the JW Cancer Institute web page:
"In April 2003, my brother Michael Wayne, the founder of the Institute, passed away. Michael’s commitment to cancer research began in 1979, when our father, John Wayne, succumbed to stomach cancer."

21 posted on 08/10/2005 7:16:15 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates
Notable People Who Died of Lung Cancer

My Dad, fifteen years ago today.

22 posted on 08/10/2005 7:18:04 AM PDT by dbwz
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To: dbwz

If I may, my condolences on a sad anniversary.


23 posted on 08/10/2005 7:19:25 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

Found a website about celebs and smoking. Per the site, Gary Cooper and Walt Disney also died of Lung Cancer, and Humphrey Bogart died of throat and esophageal cancer. Didn't give their ages at death.


24 posted on 08/10/2005 7:20:01 AM PDT by txrangerette
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To: Mike Bates

Could have been. Just thought it was lung cancer.


27 posted on 08/10/2005 7:22:55 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT!!!!! IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: alwaysconservative; Mike Bates

The celebs and smoking website says that John Wayne HAD lung cancer but did not die of it.

They did a bypass on the man, apparently knowing he already had lung cancer, and found that he had stomach cancer as well. He survived the bypass surgery but died of the gastric cancer, not the lung cancer. Perhaps, and I only guess because I don't know, the gastric cancer had spread to his lungs, and they just caught the lung cancer earlier than the gastric.

I know this, that my father was diagnosed with liver cancer, then they did more tests and said, oops, he has colon cancer which has now spread to his liver.

Or maybe the great Duke Wayne had two seperate cancers at once. Wow, how sick he was!

And what a strong fighter he was, too...


28 posted on 08/10/2005 7:27:52 AM PDT by txrangerette
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To: txrangerette
Still watch his shows on TV, even the ones I have on DVD. Now that was entertainment.
29 posted on 08/10/2005 7:31:02 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates
My grandfather. WWII Navy Veteran.

As a Navy man and an Power & Light employee he was exposed to asbestos.

He was exposed to radiation in Nagasaki 15 day after we nuked it, when he picked up the POW's to bring them home.

He also smoked for years in his younger days. Although he did quit 30 or so years before his death.

All could be contributing factors to his cancer.

30 posted on 08/10/2005 7:38:41 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Mike Bates
John Wayne did have part of his lung removed right before filming "Rooster Cogburn" with Katherine Hepburn.
31 posted on 08/10/2005 7:41:35 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: alwaysconservative

I don't know about Johnny Carson, but John Wayne survived lung cancer (he had a lung or part of a lung removed ...the next movie he made after the surgery was "The Sons of Katie Elder") but died in 1979 of stomach cancer.


32 posted on 08/10/2005 7:42:43 AM PDT by fredhead ("It is a good thing war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." General Robert E. Lee)
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To: txrangerette

Bogie was 57. Died in January 1957. Birthday was Christmas day, 1899.


33 posted on 08/10/2005 7:44:32 AM PDT by fredhead ("It is a good thing war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." General Robert E. Lee)
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To: txrangerette; fredhead; Mike Bates

Okay, okay, I got it now. (LOL!) Well, at least I was right that the Duke HAD lung cancer. So few do survive that.


34 posted on 08/10/2005 7:50:17 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (Err America: It's for, ah, no, wait, FROM the children.)
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To: txrangerette

I also read in a biography of John Wayne, the he filmed a movie in 1956, titled "The Conqueror" that was filmed near one of the atomic bomb testing sites in the Nevada/California desert. The biography states that a large number of people that were on that location later died of some form of cancer.

The biography is "John Wayne: American" by Randy Roberts and James S. Olson.


35 posted on 08/10/2005 7:51:12 AM PDT by fredhead ("It is a good thing war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it." General Robert E. Lee)
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To: Mike Bates

I thank you for your condolences. It's a horrible thing to watch someone die of this disease, and far too many of us have that personal experience.


36 posted on 08/10/2005 7:57:50 AM PDT by dbwz
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To: fredhead

Somehow, that sounds vaguely familiar. Wayne did smoke, as did likely lots of the people who were on site of that movie location. Radiological fallout and smoking would both be risk factors of getting cancer. As is hereditary disposition...


37 posted on 08/10/2005 8:03:05 AM PDT by txrangerette
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To: alwaysconservative

Didn't Yul Brenner also do some PSA's about not smoking? That was long ago and I don't remember so well either:)


38 posted on 08/10/2005 8:17:56 AM PDT by not_apathetic_anymore
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick; Mike Bates
My father.

He tried to quit smoking.

Quote to remember him by..."I have a deep and abiding love for cigarettes."

RIP, Dad.

39 posted on 08/10/2005 8:41:47 AM PDT by andyandval
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To: andyandval
My grandfather quit many years before he was diagnosed with lung cancer. Maybe that bought him some time. He was in his 70's when he died.
40 posted on 08/10/2005 8:44:45 AM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Ditter

She smoked until her heart attack at 62..didn't make it any easier. I had a 44 year old girlfriend taken in 6 months from diagnosis. I think she gave up.


41 posted on 08/10/2005 11:03:03 AM PDT by steve8714
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To: Ditter

My grandfather also smoked unfiltered Camels for over 50 years until he finally quit. He would smoke them down until he was about to burn his fingers; I used to joke that I was going to buy him a roach clip so that he could smoke the ENTIRE cigarette. Amazingly, he never developed lung cancer (that we know of), and lived to the age of 86, before dying from complications of emphysema and multiple myeloma.


42 posted on 08/10/2005 12:05:38 PM PDT by Born Conservative ("If not us, who? And if not now, when? - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Born Conservative
I had a greatuncle who chain smoked unfiltered cigs well into his 90's too. He probably died of emphysema. All I heard when he died was that he had finally "smoked himself to death".
43 posted on 08/10/2005 12:27:17 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

"""My grandfather. WWII Navy Veteran.
As a Navy man and an Power & Light employee he was exposed to asbestos.

He was exposed to radiation in Nagasaki 15 day after we nuked it, when he picked up the POW's to bring them home.

He also smoked for years in his younger days. Although he did quit 30 or so years before his death.

All could be contributing factors to his cancer."""

Steve McQueen also smoked for years, yet the good doctors blamed his lung cancer on asbestos exposure.

I bet you that that today no doctor would blame lung cancer on anything BUT smoking if the patient ever lit up a cigarette or was exposed to second hand smoke for longer then two weeks during his lifetime.




44 posted on 08/10/2005 1:04:09 PM PDT by RedwineisJesus
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To: RedwineisJesus

Actually asbestos exposure trumps smoking. I worked in a law firm that defended an asbestos company, I know.


45 posted on 08/10/2005 1:08:48 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

"""Actually asbestos exposure trumps smoking."""

So does car exhaust, but will any politician stand up and say what my pulmonary specialist told me, namely that being stuck in a car in heavy trafic for two hours is worse than smoking a pack of cigarettes?


46 posted on 08/10/2005 1:33:47 PM PDT by RedwineisJesus
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To: RedwineisJesus

YOu will never hear that from anyone but your doctor.


47 posted on 08/10/2005 1:37:46 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (People too weak to follow their own dreams, will always find a way to discourage yours.)
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To: Mike Bates
The latest one to make the list: Barbara Bel Gedes who played Miss Ellie on Dallas. She died today from lung cancer according to Yahoo News.
48 posted on 08/10/2005 2:01:39 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (ISLAM IS A CULT!!!!! IT MUST BE ERADICATED FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH.)
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

"""YOu will never hear that from anyone but your doctor."""

He's the greatest!

Not like those assholes at Vancouver's Cambie Clinic who took my $700 for CT scanning my lungs, and when they found two lesions (one of them measuring 3 millimeters) told me (to protect Canadian Medicare I'm sure) that there's nothing to worry about.

When I later found out that after Canada's ex-prime minister's, Brian Mulroney's, CT scan showed two small lesions like mine they immediately hooked him up to a PET scan machine to make sure those suckers weren't cancerous, I was angry. Very angry. But, realizing he IS a somebody and that his nodules/lesions might have been larger I cooled down a bit.

BUT, listening to Tammy Faye Baker the other day telling Larry King about how when her doctors found a lesion on her lung that measured only two thirds of what mine was (2 millimeters) they immediately attached her to a PET scanner to find out if her sucker was cancerous, I was fuming. And I still am!


49 posted on 08/10/2005 2:25:57 PM PDT by RedwineisJesus
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To: NCC-1701
The latest one to make the list: Barbara Bel Gedes who played Miss Ellie on Dallas.

Ms Bel Geddes, I believe, made at least one appearance before HUAC. She did not name names.

50 posted on 08/10/2005 3:19:37 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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