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