Famous People Who Died Of Cancer

Cancer has been known to be the #2nd biggest killer in developed countries while it takes the crown to become the #1 in the underdeveloped. Though there aren’t any ground breaking solutions for cancer, the latter stages of it can be prevented by early detections and medications. But the treatments that come with exorbitant bills prove to become unachievable for the under developing countries, which lead to massive death rates. Dig into the matter and cancer is mostly the consequence of poor diet and lifestyle habits, and also the lack of information regarding the symptoms. Cancer is deadly and can affect almost any part of the body and a very small percentage of it is caused by genetic links. Cancer never really goes well with anyone diagnosed with it, worst of which is when kids are affected. According to a source, more than 40 kids are diagnosed with cancer almost every day and is known to be the #1 cause of death in children. Switching gears and looking into the cause of deaths in the music and movie industry, there are a number of artists who have lost their battles against cancer. Though some of them recovered and were blessed to be given a second chance at life, actors like Paul Newman, Farah Fawcett, Alan Rickman, and Dennis Hopper, who were gone too soon due to cancer. Musicians like David Bowie, Bob Marley, and Frank Sinatra are few names who shook the music industry by their sudden deaths because of cancer. This isn’t it- keep reading and find out more about the life of these famous people who died of cancer.

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 1 Bob Marley

Bob Marley
37
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: February 6, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nine Mile, Jamaica
Died: May 11, 1981
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 2 John Wayne

John Wayne
16
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States
Died: June 11, 1979
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 3 Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss
12
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 24, 1991
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 4 Little Richard

Little Richard
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia, U.S.A
Died: May 9, 2020
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 5 Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan
8
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Writer
Birthdate: November 9, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died: December 20, 1996

 6 Philip II of Spain

Philip II of Spain
9
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: King of Spain (1556-1598)
Birthdate: May 21, 1527
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: September 13, 1598

 7 Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Died: April 29, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 8 Walter Payton

Walter Payton
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: July 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbia, Mississippi
Died: November 1, 1999
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 9 Paul Allen

Paul Allen
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist
Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: October 15, 2018
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 10 Jeff Healey

Jeff Healey
6
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: March 2, 2008

 11 John Hurt

John Hurt
7
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Died: January 27, 2017

 12 Bob Ross

Bob Ross
19
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Died: July 4, 1995
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 13 Levon Helm

Levon Helm
2
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Musician, Autobiographer, Composer, Actor, Mandolinist, Drummer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elaine
Died: April 19, 2012

 14 Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon
9
Famous As: Queen of England (1509-1533)
Birthdate: December 16, 1485
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Archbishop's Palace of Alcalá de Henares, Alcala de Henares, Spain
Died: January 7, 1536

 15 Amrish Puri

Amrish Puri
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nawanshahr, Jullundur, Punjab, British India
Died: January 12, 2005

 16 Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Died: April 16, 2021
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 17 Tokugawa Ieyasu

Tokugawa Ieyasu
5
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: January 31, 1543
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Okazaki Castle, Mikawa (now Okazaki, Japan)
Died: June 1, 1616

 18 Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves
1
Famous As: Queen of England (1540)
Birthdate: September 22, 1515
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: July 16, 1557

 19 Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Source of HeLa Cell Line
Birthdate: August 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roanoke
Died: October 4, 1951
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 20 Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton
3
Famous As: Author, Screenwriter, Film Director
Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: November 4, 2008

 21 Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kenley
Died: August 11, 1994
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 22 Syd Barrett

Syd Barrett
15
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: July 7, 2006

 23 Gilda Radner

Gilda Radner
4
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 20, 1989
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 24 Robert Vaughn

Robert Vaughn
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charity Hospital in New York City
Died: November 11, 2016
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 25 Michelle Thomas

Michelle Thomas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: December 22, 1998
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)

 26 Adam Yauch

Adam Yauch
3
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 4, 2012

 27 Johnny Ramone

Johnny Ramone
4
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: October 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 15, 2004
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 28 Erin Moran

Erin Moran
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Died: April 22, 2017
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 29 Diahann Carroll

Diahann Carroll
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City
Died: October 4, 2019
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 30 Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 31 Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: May 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: June 16, 2014
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 32 Prithviraj Kapoor

Prithviraj Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Samundri, Punjab, British India
Died: May 29, 1972

 33 Allen Ludden

Allen Ludden
10
Famous As: Game Show Host
Birthdate: October 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Died: June 9, 1981
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 34 Dinah Shore

Dinah Shore
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winchester, Tennessee
Died: February 24, 1994

 35 John Mahoney

John Mahoney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: February 4, 2018
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 36 Fred Gwynne

Fred Gwynne
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 2, 1993
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 37 Peter Maivia

Peter Maivia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: April 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: American Samoa
Died: June 12, 1982
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 38 Andy Whitfield

Andy Whitfield
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amlwch, United Kingdom
Died: September 11, 2011
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 39 Merlin Olsen

Merlin Olsen
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: September 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Logan, Utah, USA
Died: March 11, 2010
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 40 David Ogden Stiers

David Ogden Stiers
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: March 3, 2018
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 41 Mobutu Sese Seko

Mobutu Sese Seko
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Dictator
Birthdate: October 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisala, Belgian
Died: September 7, 1997

 42 John Thaw

John Thaw
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Gorton, Manchester, England, UK
Died: February 21, 2002
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 43 Cassandra Harris

Cassandra Harris
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: December 28, 1991

 44 Golda Meir

Golda Meir
2
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Israel
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kiev, Russian Empire
Died: December 8, 1978

 45 Vivian Vance

Vivian Vance
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cherryvale, Kansas
Died: August 17, 1979

 46 Rajesh Khanna

Rajesh Khanna
9
Famous As: Actor, Politician, Film producer, Singer
Birthdate: December 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar
Died: July 18, 2012
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 47 Jimmy Snuka

Jimmy Snuka
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestlers
Birthdate: May 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fiji
Died: January 15, 2017
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 48 Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: December 24, 2012
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 49 Mona Shourie Kapoor

Mona Shourie Kapoor
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Wife of Boney Kapoor
Birthdate: February 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Delhi
Died: March 25, 2012

 50 Gloria Grahame

Gloria Grahame
1
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: October 5, 1981
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)