10 Famous Celebrities Who Died Of Cancer (Photos)
Cancer is a merciless killer, with a record of 10 million deaths every year making it the second leading cause of death in the world. Even the Coronavirus hasn’t beaten this record yet.
Cancer has been known to exist as far back as the 1500 BC in ancient Egypt after it was discovered on the breast of Papyrus.
Research shows that 70% of people with cancer are over age 50.
Cancer can be found in any part of the body with the most leading causes of death to be breast cancer, lungs cancer, and colorectal cancer.
Many notable people in the society, including entrepreneurs, actors, musicians have all been victims of this vicious killer.
Here is the list of a few of them;
1. Chadwick Boseman
The death of Chadwick was one that shook the world, as many people who knew the Black Panther star didn’t know he was fighting a silent battle with cancer. He died on August 28, 2020, aged 43, of colon cancer.
2. Aretha Franklin
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin died to pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76.
3. Aishat Abimbola
Popular Nollywood actress, Aishat Abimbola died after going for scheduled chemotherapy, due to the breast cancer, which she was battling with.
She was said to have kicked the bucket when her heart stopped beating due to how badly her body was affected by the treatment.
She died at the age of 46, in Toronto on May 15, 2018.
4. Dora Akunyili
General manager of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dora Akunyili died in an Indian hospital on 7 June 2014 after a battle with uterine cancer ages at the age of 59.
5. Steve Jobs
Co-founder of Apple Computers TERS, Steve Jobs, died from a rare type of pancreatic cancer known as islet-cell neuroendocrine tumour on October 5, 2011, age 56.
6. Clara Oshiomhole
Wife of the former Edo State governor, Clara Oshiomhole, died on December 2010 at the Abuja clinic Maitama, after a battle with breast cancer. She was aged 54.
7. Maryam Babaginda
Mrs Maryam Babangida, the wife of Nigeria former head of state died after battling cancer of the ovaries for many years. She died on December 27, 2009, aged 61.
8. Sony Okosun
The “Fire in Soweto” crooner and music genius died aged 61 in Howard University Hospital in Washington DC on May 24, 2008.
9. Bob Marley
Legendary reggae singer and songwriter, Bob Marley, died to rare deadly skin cancer known as melanoma on May 11, 1981 age 31.
10. Walt Disney
The mastermind behind Mickey Mouse and the Disney empire lost his life to lung cancer at the age of 65 on December 15, 1966.