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 (May 5, 1981 – September 6, 2019) was a former Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. He was the youngest son of Dave Duncan, a former catcher and retired pitching coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. His older brother, Shelley, is also a first baseman and outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds. He was a 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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Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett was an American actress and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for her iconic red swimsuit poster and starred as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series Charlie's Angels. In 1996, she was ranked No. 26 on TV Guide '​s "50 Greatest TV stars of All-Time". Fawcett began her career in 1968 in commercials and guest roles on television. During the 1970s, she appeared in numerous television series, including recurring roles on Harry O, and The Six Million Dollar Man with then husband, film and television star Lee Majors. Her breakthrough role ...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 was an American singer and songwriter. She began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but achieving only modest success. After signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s she was being called "The Queen of Soul". Franklin recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967), Lady Soul (1968), Young, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 76

Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis

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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 was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1986 Martin Scorsese film The Color of Money and eight other nominations, six Golden Globe Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. He also won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing, and his race teams won several championships in open wheel IndyCar racing. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

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