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 
Dr. Seuss
(Children's Author And Illustrator)

Dr. Seuss
44
Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 24, 1991

 2 
Philip II of Spain
(King of Spain (1556-1598))

Philip II of Spain
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 21, 1527
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: September 13, 1598

 3 
Desmond Tutu
(First Black African Archbishop of Cape Town & Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

Desmond Tutu
37
Birthdate: October 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klerksdorp, South Africa
Died: December 26, 2021
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 4 
John Hurt
(Actor)

John Hurt
11
Birthdate: January 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, UK
Died: January 27, 2017
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 5 
Jeff Healey
(Singer)

Jeff Healey
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto
Died: March 2, 2008

 6 
Paul Allen
(Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist)

Paul Allen
21
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: October 15, 2018
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 7 
Madeleine Albright
(Ist Female U.S. Secretary of State)

Madeleine Albright
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Smíchov, Prague, Czechia
Died: March 23, 2022
Height: 4'10" (147 cm)
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 8 
Levon Helm
(Singer, Musician, Autobiographer, Composer, Actor, Mandolinist, Drummer, Songwriter)

Levon Helm
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elaine
Died: April 19, 2012
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 9 
Catherine of Aragon
( First Wife of King Henry VIII)

Catherine of Aragon
15
Birthdate: December 16, 1485
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Archbishop's Palace of Alcalá de Henares, Alcala de Henares, Spain
Died: January 7, 1536

 10 
Tokugawa Ieyasu
(Military Leader)

Tokugawa Ieyasu
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 31, 1543
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Okazaki Castle, Mikawa (now Okazaki, Japan)
Died: June 1, 1616

 11 
Anne of Cleves
(Queen of England (1540))

Anne of Cleves
6
Birthdate: September 22, 1515
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: July 16, 1557

 12 
Gilda Radner
(Comedian)

Gilda Radner
7
Birthdate: June 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 20, 1989
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 13 
Tony Gwynn
(Baseball Player)

Tony Gwynn
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: June 16, 2014
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 14 

John Mahoney
6
Birthdate: June 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: February 4, 2018
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 15 
Allen Ludden
(Game Show Host)

Allen Ludden
16
Birthdate: October 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Died: June 9, 1981
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 16 
Jimmy Snuka
(Wrestlers)

Jimmy Snuka
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fiji
Died: January 15, 2017
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 17 

Michelle Thomas
7
Birthdate: September 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: December 22, 1998
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)

 18 
Henrietta Lacks
(Source of HeLa Cell Line)

Henrietta Lacks
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roanoke
Died: October 4, 1951
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 19 
Johnny Ramone
(Guitarist)

Johnny Ramone
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 15, 2004
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 20 
Markie Post
(Actress)

Markie Post
26
Birthdate: November 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
Died: August 7, 2021
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 21 

Robert Vaughn
4
Birthdate: November 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charity Hospital in New York City
Died: November 11, 2016
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 22 
Rainer Maria Rilke
(Poet & Novelist widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets.)

Rainer Maria Rilke
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 4, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: December 29, 1926

 23 

Dom DeLuise
6
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 24 
Erin Moran
(Actress)

Erin Moran
6
Birthdate: October 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Died: April 22, 2017
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 25 
Syd Barrett
(Singer-songwriter)

Syd Barrett
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambridge
Died: July 7, 2006

 26 

Fred Gwynne
2
Birthdate: January 6, 1946, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 2, 1993
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 27 
Merlin Olsen
(American Football Player)

Merlin Olsen
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Logan, Utah, USA
Died: March 11, 2010
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 28 

David Ogden Stiers
1
Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: March 3, 2018
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 29 
Adam Yauch
(Founding Member of the Hip Hop Group ‘Beastie Boys’)

Adam Yauch
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 4, 2012

 30 
Vivian Vance
(Actress)

Vivian Vance
6
Birthdate: July 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cherryvale, Kansas
Died: August 17, 1979

 31 

Amrish Puri
6
Birthdate: June 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nawanshahr, Jullundur, Punjab, British India
Died: January 12, 2005

 32 
Peter Maivia
(Professional wrestler)

Peter Maivia
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: American Samoa
Died: June 13, 1982
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 33 
King Hussein of Jordan
(King of Jordan (1952-99))

King Hussein of Jordan
3
Birthdate: November 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
Died: February 7, 1999

 34 
John Thaw
(Actor)

John Thaw
6
Birthdate: January 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: West Gorton, Manchester, England, UK
Died: February 21, 2002
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 35 

DeForest Kelley
4
Birthdate: January 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toccoa, Georgia, USA
Died: June 11, 1999
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 36 
David Lloyd George
(Former Chancellor of the Exchequer)

David Lloyd George
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 17, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chorlton-on-Medlock
Died: March 26, 1945

 37 
Diana Dors
(Actress)

Diana Dors
3
Birthdate: October 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK
Died: May 4, 1984
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 38 
Sydney Pollack
(Film Director and Producer Best Known for His Movie 'Out of Africa')

Sydney Pollack
4
Birthdate: July 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: May 26, 2008

 39 

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

Milton Berle
7
Birthdate: July 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: March 27, 2002

 41 
Joel Schumacher
(Director, screenwriter, producer)

Joel Schumacher
1
Birthdate: August 29, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 22, 2020
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 42 

Alan Hale Jr.
8
Birthdate: March 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: January 2, 1990
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 43 
Victoria Wood
(British Comedian Best Known for the Sketch Series ‘Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV')

Victoria Wood
2
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Lancashire, England
Died: April 20, 2016
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 44 
Karen Black
(Actress)

Karen Black
3
Birthdate: July 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
Died: August 8, 2013
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 45 
Dan Fogelberg
(Musician)

Dan Fogelberg
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16, 2007

 46 
Jackie Collins
(Novelist)

Jackie Collins
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: September 19, 2015
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 47 

Cassandra Harris
7
Birthdate: December 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: December 28, 1991

 48 
Mary Anning
(Paleontologist)

Mary Anning
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Died: March 9, 1847

 49 
Oscar de la Renta
(Fashion Designer)

Oscar de la Renta
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Died: October 20, 2014

 50 
Tommy Ramone
(Best Known as the Drummer for the Influential Punk Rock Band the ‘Ramones’)

Tommy Ramone
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 29, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 11, 2014
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)