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Famous People Who Died of Cancer

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Cancer strikes indiscriminately, and can even affect some of the most famous people in the world. This is a list of famous people who died of cancer, including photos, birth dates, professions, and other information. You might also be interested in celebrities who were diagnosed with cancer before 40 and famous cancer survivors. These celebrities who died by cancer are listed alphabetically and include the famous cancer victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Famous people with cancer who later passed away from the disease include actress Farrah Fawcett, Lyn Nofziger, George Low, and more. These notable cancer deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. 

Cancer is a disease that ravages millions of people every year, and unfortunately for these athletes, actors, musicians, and other celebrities, it doesn't matter how much money or fame you possess. There are plenty of well-known names who have succumbed to the disease, like Steve Jobs, Bob Marley, Ronald Reagan, singer David Bowie, and Frank Zappa. It's always tragic when an actor dies of cancer, so we hope for those who are currently dying of any major illnesses. 

Featuring recently dead movie stars and many more, 

Everyone on this list has cancer as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.

Chris Duncan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Chris Duncan died of brain cancer in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona on September 6, 2019. He was 38 years old.

Duncan was the former outfielder who helped bring home the 2006 World Series win for the St. Louis Cardinals. During his career, Duncan hit .257 with 55 home runs and 175 RBIs in 281 games. This occurred over five seasons with the Cardinals. Following his baseball career, he was a sports radio host at WXOS-FM in St. Louis.

Christopher Edwin Duncan (born May 5, 1981) is a former Major League Baseball left fielder and first baseman. He is the youngest son of Dave Duncan, a former catcher and retired pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. His older brother, Shelley, was also a first baseman and outfielder for the various organizations. He is a former co-host with Anthony Stalter on a mid-day radio program on the St. Louis ESPN Radio Affiliate, WXOS called The Turn. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 37

Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona

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Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Farrah Leni Fawcett (; originally spelled Ferrah; February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009) was an American actress of stage and screen, model, and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series Charlie's Angels (1976–1977). Fawcett began her career in the 1960s appearing in commercials and guest roles on television. During the 1970s, she appeared in numerous television series, including recurring roles on Harry O (1974–1976), and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978) with her first husband, film and television star Lee Majors. Her ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 62 (1947-2009)

Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States of America

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Aretha Franklin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C. L. Franklin was minister. At the age of 18, she embarked on a secular musical career as a recording artist for Columbia Records. While Franklin's career did not immediately flourish, she found acclaim and commercial success after signing with Atlantic Records in 1966. Hit songs such as "Respect", "Chain of Fools", "Think", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)", and "I Say a Little Prayer", ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 76

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died of Cancer
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Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He won and was nominated for numerous awards, winning an Oscar for his performance in the 1986 film The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many others. Newman's other roles include the title characters in The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Harper (1966) Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), The Sting (1973), Slap Shot (1977), and The Verdict (1982). He voiced Doc Hudson in the ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

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