Skip to comments.Notable People Who Died of Lung Cancer
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.
Everyone who has ever taken a breath has died. That's a 100% kill rate.
Did you hear on the news this morning that Dana Reeve (Christopher Reeves widow) has been diagnosed with lung cancer, never smoked.
Yes, and I understand a large percentage (75%) of people who don't smoke yet get lung cancer are women.
..my mother, 72; Oat cell she fought bravely for 2-1/2 years
It is never if; it is only how and when. ;-)
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...
Didn't Johnny Carson die of lung 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:
Thought that was emphysema.
I LOVE that pic! Will have to save it... I's too funny.
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.
What about John Wayne and Johnny Carson?
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.
I think John Wayne was a lung cancer survivor (had part of one removed, as I recall), but died of stomach cancer.
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!)?
70's is still too young these days, IMO.
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