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Famous People Who Died of Pancreatic Cancer

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List RulesFamous people who died of pancreatic cancers; including rare forms such as GEP-NET.

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly and aggressive types of cancer in existence. And dying from the painful disease is a sad, heartbreaking way to go. When it comes to cancer, celebrities are not immune. Here are celebs who died of liver cancer and famous females who died of ovarian cancer. This is a list of famous people who died of pancreatic cancer, including photos, birth dates, professions, and other information.

These celebrities who died by pancreatic cancer are listed alphabetically and include the famous pancreatic cancer victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. Alan Rickman, Patrick Swayze, Syd Barrett,  Bill Hicks, and Joan Crawford are all included on this list of celebrities who had cancer in their pancreas. These notable pancreatic cancer deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians and religious leaders to writers and inventors. Everyone on this list has had pancreatic cancer as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death.


  • William Melvin Hicks (December 16, 1961 – February 26, 1994) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist and musician. His material—encompassing a wide range of social issues including religion, politics, and philosophy—was controversial and often steeped in dark comedy. At the age of 16, while still in high school, Hicks began performing at the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas. During the 1980s, he toured the U.S. extensively and made a number of high-profile television appearances, but it was in the UK that he amassed a significant fan base, filling large venues during his 1991 tour. He also achieved some recognition as a guitarist and songwriter. Hicks died of pancreatic...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 32 (1961-1994)
    • Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States of America

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    Patrick Wayne Swayze (; August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009), was an American actor, dancer, singer, and songwriter. Gaining fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, he became popular for playing tough guys and romantic lead males, giving him a wide fan base with female audiences and a status as a sex symbol. He was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in 1991. During his career, Swayze received three Golden Globe Award nominations, for Dirty Dancing (1987), Ghost (1990), and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). He wrote and recorded the popular song "She's Like the Wind" and was posthumously awarded the Rolex Dance Award in 2009....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1952-2009)
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (21 February 1946 – 14 January 2016) was an English actor and director. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and became a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), performing in modern and classical theatre productions. His first big television role came in 1982, but his big break was as the Vicomte de Valmont in the RSC stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses in 1985, and after the production transferred to Broadway in 1987 he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman's first cinematic role was as the German terrorist leader Hans Gruber in Die Hard (1988). He also appeared as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of...  more
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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  • Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky, February 14, 1894 – December 26, 1974) (often called "Jackson" on his own show), was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading 20th-century American entertainer, Benny often portrayed his character as a miser, who obliviously played his violin badly, and ridiculously claimed to be 39 years of age, regardless of his actual age. Benny was known for his comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a pregnant pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated "Well!" His radio and television programs, popular from 1932 until his death in 1974, were a major influence on the...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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