Cancer has become so prevalent nowadays that it cuts across all kinds of people from different walks of life. No gender, race, class, or age has escaped the scourge of the Big C.
While the field of medicine has never ceased in doing research to find more effective ways and technologies to combat this life-threatening disease, the present methods used by doctors and professionals in treating cancer had yielded- at best – mixed results.
The list that you will find below ranks the 10 famous people who battled and sadly succumbed to the Big C.
10. Farrah Fawcett – Anal Cancer
Fawcett earned popularity when she was cast as one of Charlie’s Angels back in the mid 70’s. She is also one of the very few female celebrities who posed for Playboy beyond her prime as she was already 50 years old when she graced the cover of the magazine. She was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2007 and succumbed to the disease in 2009 after her cancer has metastasized to her liver.
9. Dennis Hopper- Prostate Cancer
Acclaimed American actor Hopper earned double Oscar nominations in his lifetime – one as the screenwriter in 1970 for Easy Rider, and as a supporting actor in 1987 for Hoosiers. He also made a mark as a director in remarkable films such as Paris Trout and Out of the Blue. Diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer that has spread to his bones, Hopper died in 2010 in Manhattan, New York City emaciated and ravaged by the disease.
8. Donna Summer – Lung Cancer
Summer was dubbed as the Queen of Disco with hit after hit during the late seventies like Last Dance and Hot Stuff. Though her popularity waned in later years, her legacy in music continues to be recognized by contemporary soul and r&b artists like Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Fantasia. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010, she succumbed to the disease and died peacefully in 2012.
7. Alec Guinness – Prostate Cancer
Guinness starred in such notable like Lawrence of Arabia, A Passage to India, Oliver Twsit, and Return of the Jedi. This highly bankable and Oscar winning actor who has been knighted by the queen of Britain, was also a theater thespian and later on, a television star. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to his liver in 1999, he died from the disease in 2000.
6. Edith Piaf – Liver Cancer
France’s most prominent musical diva led a turbulent life. Growing up with nothing to show but her regal singing voice, she lived a life on the fast lane. Her poor choices in money and in relationships led her to a life of alcohol abuse and drug use. In the early 60’s, her abuse of her health caught up with her. She died in 1963, all of 47 years old, from liver cancer and other complications.
5. Eva Peron- Uterine Cancer
She was Argentina’s most prominent first lady and later on dubbed as “spiritual mother of the Argentine nation.” Her husband, who ruled Argentina as a dictator, earned for them rabid admirers and protesters alike. Evita, as she is called by the media, became the face that softened her husband’s military abuses and crimes against the Argentineans. Despite having her uterus removed in 1951 during her first bout with cancer, it was too late. Her cancer has spread and by 1952, she died emaciated and frail.
4. Golda Meir – Lymnphatic Cancer
Meir was Israel’s only female prime minister to date. She ruled Israel for the most part of the 1970’s and was dubbed as the “Iron Ladyof the Jewish Nation.” She was Israel’s leader during the nation’s many wars with its Arab neighbors. She was 78 when she was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes – a disease which would claim her life two years later in 1978.
3. Babe Ruth- Nasopharyngeal Cancer
American baseball legend Babe Ruth has had a career in sports that was nothing short of legendary. An icon of postwar America, he forever changed baseball and took it to heights never been reached before. Ruth went for a routine check up in 1946 for pain and heavy pressure behind his eyeballs and his nape. Doctors discovered a large tumor at the base of his skull. Two years after, America’s greatest football player was dead.
2. Bob Marley – Skin Cancer
The king of reggae and one of the leading figures of Rastafari was nothing short of a game changer. He influenced a whole generation of music lovers and has been immortalized, if not worshipped, by succeeding reggae artists and fans alike. A certain discoloration in his toenail, which he ignored as he was in the midst of a tour, turned out to be a malignant form of melanoma that ultimately spread to his lungs and claim his life in 1981. He was only 36.
1. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – Blood Cancer
Very few people led a life that was as colorful as Jackie. She was wife to John F. Kennedy and first lady of America up until the time of her husband’s assassination. After several years, she married Greek shipbuilding mogul Aristotle Onassis. She was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a very aggressive form of blood cancer. She died in her sleep just several months after her diagnosis – 2 months short of her 65th birthday.